For the latest news about unemployment insurance in California, go here.
In the state of California, 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. Click here for a guide to possible benefits at this time.
As of this posting, this is the most updated information we’ve received:
- All workers who have been laid off, can file a claim for UI assistance if needed. This can be done online.
- As a reminder, SAG-AFTRA successfully negotiated some significant changes in our member’s job classifications when applying for California Unemployment Insurance (UI). Click here for a step-by-step tutorial of how our members can apply online.
- These changes also resolved a long-standing problem specific to residents of California who work in the motion picture and television industry on productions that shoot in other states in addition to California.
- California Governor Gavin Newsom has lifted the normal one-week UI waiting period. Members can apply immediately.
- If you are home with COVID-19 you can apply for Disability Insurance. The waiting period is waived.
- If you are home because you need to take care of a family member who has contracted COVID-19, you can apply for California Paid Family Leave. PFL requires medical certification.
- Paid Family Leave assistance is not currently a viable option in other circumstances. For instance, if you must stay home with children because the schools are closed, you do not currently qualify for PFL.
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