Sick Leave – If you cannot work because you have tested positively for the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to someone who has, you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. To apply for these benefits, click here.
Caring for a family member with COVID-19 – If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
Caring for a child because of school closures – All of the schools in San Diego County have closed. If you cannot work because you need to care for your child, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. This employer paid program provides partial income replacement. To see if your situation meets the eligibility requirements and to file your claim online, click here.
Reduced Work Hours or Layoffs – The Governor and the County of San Diego have ordered all California bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries to close. Restaurants are only allowed to offer to-go and delivery of food. As a result, if your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week
- If you are temporarily unemployed and expect to return to work within a few weeks, you are not required to actively seek work to receive these benefits. If you have been laid off or otherwise lost your job through no fault of your own, you are also eligible for these benefits but may be required to actively seek new work. To see if your situation meets the eligibility requirements and to file your claim online, click here.
Self Employed – If you were self-employed before COVID-19 and were impacted by the pandemic, you could be eligible for Disability Insurance (DI) or Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits if either you or a former employer has made contributions to a Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC) fund in the past.
FOR ALL CLAIMS: An Executive Order by the Governor waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you if you are eligible, you can collect the benefits for the very first week you are out of work. For more information on state resources and to see if you are eligible, please refer to the Employment Development Department COVID-19 resource page, located here.
(For a quick reference chart to determine which benefits you may be entitled to, refer below/ click here.)
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