Job Seeker Resources
OnwardCa.org was launched to assist with connecting displaced California workers with more nearly 100,000 job opportunities in critical industries. The platform helps employees access emergency resources, training for a new career and connections to employers seeking people with their current skill set.
The Unemployment Insurance Program (UI) is designed to provide immediate economic relief to individuals who have lost their jobs and have earned enough wages in the base period identified by the Employment Development Department (EDD) to file a claim. Claimants must meet other eligibility requirements and provide documentation on a weekly basis. Weekly benefit amounts range from $40-$450. Additional information about requirements and how to apply for unemployment insurance can be found online.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA) is designed to provide financial assistance to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program provides $600 per week for up to four months. The program is administered through the state unemployment insurance program and may require additional documentation. Additional information about this program can be found online.
Training and Support Services
The CARES Act includes funding for training and support services through its programs administered by the Department of Labor (DOL). These programs benefit a wide of range of individuals, including but not limited to, dislocated workers, seniors, farm workers, veterans, disabled, youth, etc. The programs improve the employment prospects of these individuals and are designed to increase workers’ employability and earnings. The programs are delivered through the states and tailored to local economies. Additional information about these programs can be found online.
Federal Tax Relief
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is providing information regarding federal tax relief to assist taxpayers and others affected by COVID-19 with tax relief and filing deadlines.
Worker Rights and Benefits
The California Labor & Workforce Development Agency is providing information and resources for workers affected by COVID-19.