Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers

Guidance for Employers and Workers

In the face of the COVID-19, the Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. What employees are entitled to may be confusing. We are trying to make it easier and spread awareness through this centralized source of info. Use the guidance below to determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace.

Group with masks onFace coverings required in public spaces

Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus, especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Starting June 18, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible.

Information for Workers

Support Services for Workers

Rights and Protections for Workers

California COVID-19 Statewide Industry and County Guidance

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workplaces from COVID-19

General Workforce

  • Interim General Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19 – Updated May 14, 2020
    English
  • Know Your Rights: Safe and Healthy Workplace in California Video – Posted Apr. 28, 2020
    English

Health Care Facilities

  • Interim Guidance on Severe Respirator Supply Shortages – Updated Apr. 2, 2020
    English
  • Interim Guidance for Protecting Hospital Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Posted May 22, 2020
    English | Español
  • Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers at Skilled Nursing and Long-term Care Facilities – Updated Apr. 5, 2020
    English | Español | 中文 (Chinese) | 한국어 (Korean) | Tagalog

Agriculture

Child Care

Construction

  • Infection Prevention in Construction – Updated May 13, 2020
    English

Grocery Stores

  • COVID-19 Daily Checklist for Grocery Employers – Posted May 12, 2020
    English
  • COVID-19 General Checklist for Grocery Employers – Updated May 26, 2020
    English
  • Infection Prevention in Grocery Stores – Updated May 26, 2020
    English | Español

Logistics

  • Infection Prevention for Logistics Employers and Employees – Updated May 13, 2020
    English

Mortuary and Funeral Homes

  • Interim Guidance for Protecting Mortuary and Funeral Home Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Posted May 4, 2020
    English

Educational Materials and Fact Sheets

  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Safety and Health Fact Sheet – Updated Jan. 3, 2020
    English
  • The California Workplace Guide to Aerosol Transmissible Diseases – Updated Apr. 13, 2020
    English

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Recording and Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Cases – Updated June 2, 2020
    English

Model Written Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) Plans and Programs

  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Model Exposure Control Plan – Posted Jan. 3, 2020
    (Fillable Word) English
  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Model Laboratory Biosafety Plan – Posted Jan. 3, 2020
    (Fillable Word) English
  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Referring Employer Model Written Program – Posted Jan. 3, 2020
    (Fillable Word) English

Employer Resources

Employer Assistance

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Rights and Protections for Workers

California COVID-19 Statewide Industry and County Guidance

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workplaces from COVID-19

General Workforce

  • Interim General Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19 – Updated May 14, 2020
    English
  • Know Your Rights: Safe and Healthy Workplace in California Video – Posted Apr. 28, 2020
    English

Health Care Facilities

  • Interim Guidance on Severe Respirator Supply Shortages – Updated Apr. 2, 2020
    English
  • Interim Guidance for Protecting Hospital Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Posted May 22, 2020
    English | Español
  • Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers at Skilled Nursing and Long-term Care Facilities – Updated Apr. 5, 2020
    English | Español | 中文 (Chinese) | 한국어 (Korean) | Tagalog

Agriculture

Child Care

Construction

  • Infection Prevention in Construction – Updated May 13, 2020
    English

Grocery Stores

  • COVID-19 Daily Checklist for Grocery Employers – Posted May 12, 2020
    English
  • COVID-19 General Checklist for Grocery Employers – Updated May 26, 2020
    English
  • Infection Prevention in Grocery Stores – Updated May 26, 2020
    English | Español

Logistics

  • Infection Prevention for Logistics Employers and Employees – Updated May 13, 2020
    English

Mortuary and Funeral Homes

  • Interim Guidance for Protecting Mortuary and Funeral Home Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Posted May 4, 2020
    English

Educational Materials and Fact Sheets

  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Safety and Health Fact Sheet – Updated Jan. 3, 2020
    English
  • The California Workplace Guide to Aerosol Transmissible Diseases – Updated Apr. 13, 2020
    English

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Recording and Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Cases – Updated June 2, 2020
    English

Model Written Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) Plans and Programs

  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Model Exposure Control Plan – Posted Jan. 3, 2020
    (Fillable Word) English
  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Model Laboratory Biosafety Plan – Posted Jan. 3, 2020
    (Fillable Word) English
  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Referring Employer Model Written Program – Posted Jan. 3, 2020
    (Fillable Word) English

Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

What employees are entitled to may be confusing. The purpose of this information is to make it easier to understand what resources may be available.

 

Program Why What Benefits More Information How to File
Disability Insurance If you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) 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. Approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income); ranges from $50-$1,300 a week for up to 52 weeks. Learn more about your eligibility for Disability Insurance File a Disability Insurance claim
Paid Family Leave 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) 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. Approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income); ranges from $50-$1,300 a week for up to 6 weeks. Learn more about your eligibility for Paid Family Leave File a Paid Family Leave claim
Unemployment Insurance (and any extended UI benefits programs) If you have lost your job or have had your hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19 Partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Range from $40-$450 per week for up to 26 weeks (plus additional weeks under extended UI benefits programs). Learn more about your eligibility for Unemployment Insurance File an Unemployment Insurance claim
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance If you have lost your job or business or have had your hours or services reduced for reasons related to COVID-19  Partial wage replacement benefit payments for business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, those who have limited work history, those who have collected all UI benefits for which they are eligible, and others not eligible for regular UI benefits who are unemployed, partially unemployed, unable to work or unavailable to work as a direct result of COVID-19. Range from $167-$450 per week for up to 39 weeks. Learn more about your eligibility for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance File a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claim
California Paid Sick Leave If you or a family member are sick or for preventive care, including when civil authorities recommend quarantine, isolation, or stay-at-home The leave you have accumulated or your employer has provided to you under the Paid Sick Leave law. This may be 1 hour accrued for every 30 hours worked or 3 days/24 hours provided per year; employer may cap accrual at 48 hours and use at 3 days or 24 hours, whichever is greater, within a 12 month period. Paid to you at your regular rate of pay or an average based on the past 90 days. Learn more about your eligibility for Paid Sick Leave If accrued sick leave is denied, file a Wage claim
California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers (Executive Order N-51-20) If you are a “Food Sector Worker” and are (1) subject to a governmental quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19, (2) advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine or self-isolate due to COVID-19 concerns, or (3) are prohibited from working by the Worker’s Hiring Entity due to COVID-19-related health concerns. Up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave for Food Sector Workers who work for hiring entities with 500 or more employees in the United States. Paid to you at your regular rate of pay, the state minimum wage, or the local minimum wage, whichever is higher. Learn more about your eligibility for COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers If COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave is denied, file a Wage claim
Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Emergency Paid Sick Leave If you are unable to work (or telework) because:
(1) You are subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19.
(2) You have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
(3) You are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
(4) You are caring for an individual who is subject to an order as described in subparagraph (1) or has been advised as described in paragraph (2).
(5) You are caring for a child whose school or place of care has been closed, or whose child care provider is unavailable, for reasons related to COVID-19.
(6) You are experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for employees who work for public employers, or for private employers with fewer than 500 employees. (Some exceptions may apply, including small business exemption from providing paid leave for child care.)

For employee: Higher of regular rate or minimum wage rate, not to exceed $511 per day and $5,110 in total

For family care: 2/3 of regular rate, not to exceed $200 per day and $2,000 in total

Learn more about your eligibility for FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave If paid sick leave is denied, you may file a FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave claim
Federal Families First Coronavirus Reponse Act (FFCRA) Emergency Paid Family & Medical Leave If you are unable to work (or telework) because you are caring for a child whose school or place of care has been closed, or whose child care provider is unavailable, for reasons related to COVID-19.
Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid leave for employees who work for public employers or private employers with fewer than 500 employees. (Small business exemption may apply) 2/3 of regular rate, not to exceed $200 per day and $10,000 total Learn more about your eligibility for FFCRA Emergency Paid Family & Medical Leave If paid leave for child care is denied, you may file a FFCRA Emergency Paid Family & Medical Leave claim
Local Government Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 If you live in the city of Los Angeles, unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, San Francisco, or San Jose, you may be eligible for supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-19-related reasons if you are not covered by the FFCRA. Up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave for covered employees. Varies by locality.

LA City

Unincorporated LA County

San Francisco

San Jose

Varies by locality.
Workers’ Compensation

If you reported to your employer’s worksite between March 19 and July 5, 2020 and tested positive or were diagnosed with a COVID-19-related illness, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits under the Executive Order issued by Governor Newsom on May 6.

 

Under the Executive Order you may receive temporary disability (TD) payments after exhausting specific federal or state COVID-19 paid sick leave benefits. You may be entitled to TD payments for up to 104 weeks. TD payments stop when either you return to work, your doctor releases you for work, or your doctor says your illness has improved as much as it’s going to.

TD generally pays two-thirds of the gross wages you lose while you are recovering from a work-related illness or injury, up to maximum weekly amount set by law. In addition, eligible employees are entitled to medical treatment and additional payments if a doctor determines you suffered a permanent disability because of the illness. Learn more about your eligibility for Workers’ Compensation benefits File a Workers’ Compensation claim
          5/7/2020

 

Benefits Summary for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Disability Insurance

  • If you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional)
  • 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.
  • Approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income); ranges from $50-$1,300 a week for up to 52 weeks.

Paid Family Leave

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income); ranges from $50-$1,300 a week for up to 6 weeks.

Unemployment Insurance (and any extended UI benefits programs)

  • If you have lost your job or have had your hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19
  • Partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.
  • Range from $40-$450 per week for up to 26 weeks. (plus additional weeks under extended UI benefits programs).

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

  • If you have lost your job or business or have had your hours or services reduced for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • Partial wage replacement benefit payments for business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, those who have limited work history, those who have collected all UI benefits for which they are eligible, and others not eligible for regular UI benefits who are unemployed, partially unemployed, unable to work or unavailable to work as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • Range from $167-$450 per week for up to 39 weeks.

California Paid Sick Leave

  • If you or a family member are sick or for preventive care, including when civil authorities recommend quarantine, isolation, or stay-at-home
  • The leave you have accumulated or your employer has provided to you under the Paid Sick Leave law. This may be 1 hour accrued for every 30 hours worked or 3 days/24 hours provided per year; employer may cap accrual at 48 hours and use at 3 days or 24 hours, whichever is greater, within a 12 month period.
  • Paid to you at your regular rate of pay or an average based on the past 90 days.

California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers (Executive Order N-51-20)

  • If you are a “Food Sector Worker” and are (1) subject to a governmental quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19, (2) advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine or self-isolate due to COVID-19 concerns, or (3) are prohibited from working by the Worker’s Hiring Entity due to COVID-19-related health concerns.
  • Up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave for Food Sector Workers who work for hiring entities with 500 or more employees in the United States.
  • Paid to you at your regular rate of pay, the state minimum wage, or the local minimum wage, whichever is higher.

Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Emergency Paid Sick Leave

  • If you are unable to work (or telework) because:
    (1) You are subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19.
    (2) You have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
    (3) You are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
    (4) You are caring for an individual who is subject to an order as described in subparagraph (1) or has been advised as described in paragraph (2).
    (5) You are caring for a child whose school or place of care has been closed, or whose child care provider is unavailable, for reasons related to COVID-19.
    (6) You are experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for employees who work for public employers or private employers with fewer than 500 employees. (Some exceptions may apply, including small business exemption from providing paid leave for child care.)
  • For employee: Higher of regular rate or minimum wage rate, not to exceed $511 per day and $5,110 in total
  • For family care: 2/3 of regular rate, not to exceed $200 per day and $2,000 in total

Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Emergency Paid Family & Medical Leave

  • If you are unable to work (or telework) because you are caring for a child whose school or place of care has been closed, or whose child care provider is unavailable, for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid leave for employees who work for public employers or private employers with fewer than 500 employees. (Some exceptions may apply, including small business exemption.)
  • 2/3 of regular rate, not to exceed $200 per day and $10,000 total

Local Government Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19

  • If you live in the city of Los Angeles, unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, San Francisco, or San Jose, you may be eligible for supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-19-related reasons if you are not covered by the FFCRA.
  • Up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave for covered employees.
  • Varies by locality: LA City, Unincorporated LA County, San Francisco, San Jose.

Workers’ Compensation

  • If you reported to your employer’s worksite between March 19 and July 5, 2020 and tested positive or were diagnosed with a COVID-19-related illness, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits under the Executive Order issued by Governor Newsom on May 6.
  • Under Executive Order N-62-20, you may receive temporary disability (TD) payments after exhausting specific federal or state COVID-19 paid sick leave benefits. You may be entitled to TD payments for up to 104 weeks. TD payments stop when either you return to work, your doctor releases you for work, or your doctor says your illness has improved as much as it’s going to.
  • TD generally pays two-thirds of the gross wages you lose while you are recovering from a work-related illness or injury, up to maximum weekly amount set by law. In addition, eligible employees are entitled to medical treatment and additional payments if a doctor determines you suffered a permanent disability because of the illness.

Revised: May 7, 2020