COVID-19 Updates for Workers
Updated March 26, 2020
For the most up to date information on COVID-19, including travel advisories, please monitor the CDC COVID-19 website. Local updates from the County of San Diego can be found here. State of California updates are located here.
This page includes all COVID-19 updates related to job seeker services.
Read our special report: Potential Impact of COVID-19 on Employment in San Diego County
Services for Workers
As of March 17, 2020, our career centers are closed to the public. We recognize that there is an increased need and urgency for employment services and encourage our customers to utilize online workforce resources available as described below.
Our career centers are taking every possible measure to shift previous in-person services to remote, and many resources can still be accessed over the phone, via email or online. Large in-person meetings or events, including training workshops and hiring events, are on hold until further notice. We are working toward offering workshops online. We will keep you informed as they become available.
For more information, connect with your career agent or call your local center.
Webinars for Workers Experiencing Work Stoppages, Layoffs or Furloughs
We are now offering webinars for affected workers every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. covering topics like:
- How to file for unemployment insurance
- How to get re-employed as soon as possible
- Options regarding retirement assets and health insurance
If you have lost work or have had your hours reduced we encourage you to apply for Employment Development Department (EDD) Unemployment Insurance (UI). In California Governor Newsom has waived the one-week waiting period for benefits and is looking at expanding UI claim offerings.
For comprehensive guidance and resources about state benefits related to employment and COVID-19, we highly recommend this FAQ page from EDD.
As of March 17, 2020, EDD services are temporarily closed to in-person services. Please call your nearest career center for services by appointment only. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Please claim benefits virtually if you are able. There are multiple ways to do so:
- Online: You can file a claim online here.
- By-phone: Representatives are available at the following toll-free numbers, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon Pacific time except on state holidays.
- English 1-800-300-5616
- Spanish 1-800-326-8937
- Cantonese 1-800-547-3506
- Mandarin 1-866-303-0706
- Vietnamese 1-800-547-2058
- TTY 1-800-815-9387
- By Mail or by Fax: File your UI claim by accessing the paper Unemployment Insurance Application. For faster and secure processing, fax the completed application to the number listed on the form. If you mail your application, use the address on the form and allow additional time for processing.
- How to Apply for UI Benefits (File a Claim) (YouTube)
English | Spanish | Cantonese | Vietnamese | Mandarin
Benefits to Those Quarantined or Sick
- Paid sick leave law provides time off to many workers. You are entitled to use whatever sick leave you have accumulated.
- California law provides for paid family leave, which you may be eligible for if you are providing care for an ill or quarantined family member.
- In the event of a particularly long illness, you may be eligible for disability benefits, provided your illness is certified by a medical professional.
- If you were exposed to COVID-19 while on the job and in the course of your regular duties, you may also qualify for workers’ compensation.
Resources for Working Parents
San Diego’s child care providers are working closely with county and state authorities to continually assess the situation and ensure safety.
As of Monday, March 16, the main resource for families needing child care is to call the YMCA’s Childcare Resource and Referral line for help finding child care: (800) 481-2151. If you are a health care provider, YMCA is offering extra support to find care, which can be accessed by calling (619) 952-0242.
Other Worker Resources
- If you have been laid off due to COVID-19 and were classified as a low-wage worker, you can apply for United Way’s San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative.
- Sign up for our career portal to review local job openings and receive information about helpful workforce programs and services
- Legal Aid at Work Frequently Asked Questions
We are working closely with the State of California for additional emergency benefits to workers impacted by this health crisis with more information on our website to follow.