Workers (Individuals) affected by California Executive Order Re COVID-19

California announced a 60 day extension for individuals to file and to pay their California 2020 tax estimate that is due 4-15-20 – so that puts both the 4-15 and 6-15 estimates for 2020 due on the same date. No interest, no penalty.


California Unemployment Benefits for Workers:


Mercury News Article:

Residents of California who lose their jobs due to the Coronavirus panic will be able to tap an extra week of jobless benefit payments, one of the results of an executive order signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.


Typically, people who apply for unemployment benefits when they are laid off or are affected by mass job cuts have to wait for one week before the benefits kick in.


“If you had a case where somebody was laid off for two weeks and then they found work, they would normally only be paid for one of the two weeks,” said Barry White, a spokesman for the EDD.


However, an executive order by Gov. Newsom has waived that seven-day delay if the job cuts were spawned by Coronavirus economic woes.


“If they are laid off because of the Coronavirus and they are out of work for two weeks and then they find work, they will be paid for both weeks,” Barry White EDD Spokesman [No, not the singer Barry White]


All of this, though, doesn’t mean people will also receive their first unemployment checks more swiftly, even if they lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus, EDD officials noted.


“The one-week waiver that the governor’s emergency declaration allowed for does not speed up claims,” White said. “Claims are still going to be processed at about the same rate of speed that would have been otherwise.”


“Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week,” the EDD stated on the internet site. “However, they must remain able, available, and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria.”


Read the full Mercury News article here:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/18/coronavirus-extra-week-of-pay-for-jobless-workers-in-california/



Here’s the info from the Employment Development Department:


Sick or Quarantined

  • If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a 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.

  • The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.


For guidance on the disease, visit the California Department of Public Health website.


Caregiving

  • 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. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.


School Closures

  • If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and our EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.


Reduced Work Hours

  • If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, 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. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

  • The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.


Records In Order Services to Businesses:

  • Feel free to copy and paste this information and remit pertinent items to your employees.

  • For clients who use our Payroll Processing services, at your request we will automatically communicate directly to your employees on your behalf (as your representative) all information about how they are affected by federal and state Executive Orders and legislation. Provide us your employee email list.

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