City of Palo Alto, CA

04/05/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/05/2020 16:31

Support for Employees of Businesses

State and Federal government agencies and private organizations have responded to this public health emergency by enacting major changes intended to help employees stay safe at work and locate resources for employees facing economic hardships during this time.

Find online resources offering information and guidance on:

  • Work Safety Resources
  • Support for Workers and Their Families

Work Safety Resources

Employees who have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor and stay home.

Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions.

Support for Workers and Their Families

Employment Development Department -(en español) provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by the Coronavirus in California:

Sick or Quarantined- If you're unable to work due to having or being exposed to Coronavirus, you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to non-work-related illnesses.

Caregiving- If you're unable to work because you are caring for ill or quarantined family members with Coronavirus, 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.

Reduced Work Hours- If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to Coronavirus, 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.

Layoff Alternatives- Partial claims for employees whose employers want to keep them when there is a lack of work. A partial Unemployment Insurance claim can be used for any claimant who works less than their normal full-time hours, and whose employers want to keep them.

Deadline Extended for State Tax Filings-Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an Emergency Order delaying the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19.

Helpful Links for Workers