COVID-19: For Workers
The L.A. County Disaster Help Center is here to help workers affected by the coronavirus health emergency. We’ve gathered several useful resources to help L.A. County workers who may be experiencing adversities due to the global COVID-19 Pandemic.
If your employer has shut down or reduced hours, your hours have been cut, or you have been laid off, you can file for unemployment insurance:
WDACS COVID-19 Employee Resource Guide
Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services COVID-19 Resource Guide
WDACS has compiled an extensive resource guide which contains important information to assist workers whose lives have been impacted by the coronavirus emergency.
If you work in unincorporated Los Angeles County and your employer does not pay you the mandated minimum wage, file a complaint with the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. Call 800.593.8222 or file an online report by clicking the button below.
In the face of COVID-19, many have experienced job loss or decrease in working hours. The Los Angeles County America’s Job Center of California are here to support job seekers by providing virtual access to services including but not limited to information about job openings, financial support to workers who are laid off or unemployed and meal assistance for families and individuals in need. For more information:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 888-226-6300.
L.A. COUNTY COVID-19 SUPPLEMENTAL PAID SICK LEAVE ORDINANCE
On April 28, 2020, the Board of Supervisors approved an interim urgency ordinance providing supplemental paid sick leave benefits requiring employers with over 500 employees nationally located within the unincorporated areas of the County of Los Angeles and that fall under the jurisdiction of the County of Los Angeles, to provide its employees with 10 days or 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-19 related reasons for the term of the emergency, to ensure that workers who have symptoms can stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
UNEMPLOYMENT, DISABILITY, PAID FAMILY LEAVE
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has several resources for workers dealing with hardships due to the outbreak of COVID-19 such as unemployment insurance (UI) and disability insurance (DI), and Paid Family Leave. Anyone who feels that UI, DI, or any other benefit will prove helpful is encouraged to file an application – the only requirement is a phone or internet access. Approvals and other determinations, such as amounts, can be made only after the application is submitted.
If you are experiencing a loss in wages due to your employer shutting down or reducing hours of operation since the outbreak of COVID-19, you can file for unemployment insurance.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or have been exposed and cannot work, you can file a disability insurance claim:
If you are caring for someone else who is sick with COVID-19 and unable to work, file a claim for paid family leave:
For other important Frequently Asked Questions from EDD:
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TOLL-FREE NUMBERS
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon (Pacific Time) except on state holidays.
CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION
California Restaurant Association Foundation is providing grants to California restaurant workers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are medically quarantined. For more information and to apply click the button below.
RESTAURANT WORKERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Restaurant Workers Community Foundation has formed a Restaurant Workers Relief Fund for workers facing economic hardships or health crisis as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic. For more information and to apply click the button below.
ONE FAIR WAGE CAMPAIGN
One Fair Wage Campaign has started a relief fund for restaurant and gig workers affected by the crisis in states where it has active campaigns (including California). For more information and to apply click the button below.
CLOSED: USBG NATIONAL CHARITY FOUNDATION
USBG National Charity Foundation is providing grants to bartenders experiencing catastrophic events or economic hardship. For more information and to apply click the button below.
ARTISTS & MUSICIANS
COVID-19 FREELANCE ARTIST RESOURCE LIST
An aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
MUSICIANS FOUNDATION GRANT
The Musicians Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to musicians and their families in times of need, crisis or transition.
MUSICCARES COVID-19 RELIEF FUND (CLOSED)
The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Temporarily closed. Seeking more funding.
888.825.0911 (general info)
THE ACTORS FUND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Actors Fund provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.
JAZZ FOUNDATION OF AMERICA EMERGENCY FUND FOR MUSICIANS
The Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support in times of crisis
CERF + ARTISTS SAFETY NET CERF
CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers.
LIVE NATION’S CREW NATION
The Crew Nation fund provides support to live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19.
CLOSED: CA CARES: HUMANITIES RELIEF AND RECOVERY GRANT
California Humanities will direct funds from the federal CARES Act, through the National Endowment for the Humanities, to meet the emergency relief needs of organizations and individuals in order to help sustain and grow the public humanities field in California.
LA County Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services
Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community caseworkers at the America’s Job Centers of California in close partnership with the California Employment Development Department (EDD) to provide workers impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19.