CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES CAN OBTAIN DAILY UPDATES ON THE COVID-19 INCIDENTS IN THEIR CITIES/COUNTIES OF RESIDENCE AND WORK.

The California Department of Public Health website [COVID-19 UPDATES] provides continuous updates on the numbers of confirmed infections and death rates, including distributions across counties, ages, and gender.  Perhaps somewhat surprising is that the group most impacted with illness is between 18 to 49 years of age.  Likely, this is also the age group most likely to populate the workforce.

I’ve written several posts on the benefit and medical leave resources available to persons sick or caring for sick family members. See for example Employment Law Guidance for Covid19 Situations at Work and Health Workers Fighting COVID-19 Are Entitled to Protective Gear and Safety and The Feds “CARE” Package: Employees and Employers Get Major COVID-19 Financial Help and Can My Employer Force Me to Use My Vacation Time During COVID-19 Leave?  The Department of Public Health and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency provide guidance also.  See their links below.

The following excerpt is taken directly from the Department of Public Health’s website found at COVID-19 UPDATES.

What should I do if I am unable to work after being exposed to COVID-19?

Individuals who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.

Disability Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50 – $1,300 a week.

Californians who are unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.

Paid Family Leave 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.

For more information related to resources for California’s Employers and Workers, please visit this Labor and Workforce Development Agency webpage.