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EDD announces $23 million to help with employment recovery

efforts as a result of COVID-19

Funding will assist nearly 3,200 workers with temporary employment and job training services

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SACRAMENTO – The California Employment Development Department (EDD) announced today release of $23 million through two National Dislocated Worker Grants to address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’s impact on California’s workforce. The two grants from the U.S. Department of Labor will provide temporary jobs to 600 unemployed workers and employment and job-training services to 2,590 workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the lives of many Californians and local economies,” said EDD Director Sharon Hilliard. “It is our hope and belief that this funding, along with other ongoing efforts, will help provide some much-needed assistance to affected workers.”

 

Funding for disaster recovery will aid California’s response to COVID-19 by providing temporary employment opportunities to workers who are unemployed or underemployed as a result of the pandemic. Job opportunities include clean-up and sanitation of public spaces, as well as providing humanitarian aid.

 

Employment and training services will be available to workers who are unlikely to return to work in their previous occupations. Services include training, subsidized employment, and job placement into in-demand occupations, especially those where there’s an increased need due to the impact of COVID-19.

 

The EDD recommends that all individuals interested in applying for these temporary jobs or receiving employment assistance, call and register at their local America’s Job Center of California SM. These job centers offer no-fee employment services and training resources and will guide applicants through the registration process.

 

Please refer to the table below for more information on the projects, services provided, and project operators’ contact information.

 

Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant #1

Activities: Disaster Recovery Employment and Employment and Training Services, including supportive services and needs-based payments. This may also include Temporary Job Creation (TJC), which pays for wages of dislocated workers from the most impacted industries for humanitarian needs. This includes those providing services at shelters, food banks, and those providing services to mature populations.

 

The temporary employment will:

1. Provide immediate employment and wages for displaced, unemployed, or underemployed workers impacted by COVID-19.

2. Clean and sanitize public or non-profit sites to restore and ensure safe access to the public.

3. Provide supportive services to temporary workers to help them succeed at restoring impacted communities.

4. Provide humanitarian assistance.

 

The reemployment activities that will be offered include, but are not limited to, the following:

 •  Linking dislocated workers to local employers offering in-demand occupations including grocery retail, pharmacy, and healthcare facility positions.

 •  Job placement assistance in high-demand sectors, including occupations with increased demand as a result of COVID-19 impact.

 •  Structured skill building activities such as equipment safety and use, and sanitation practices.

 •  Job readiness workshops to build skills.

 •  Assistance with career planning, including an individual employment plan and career workshops.

 •  Resume preparation and interview preparation for in-demand occupations.

 • Case management to support the participant’s employment goals.

 •  Supportive services for work supplies and safety and equipment training, etc.

 •  Support services and needs-based payments to support participant stabilization.

 •  Training: apprenticeships, on-the-job training, individual training accounts, customized training, and work experience.

 •  Follow-up services to contact participants at specific intervals for employment status, assess additional employment-related needs, and to ensure participant engagement.

 

Employment Recovery Dislocated Workers - Grant #2

Activities: Employment and Training Services, including supportive services and needs based payments. Focus on training, subsidized employment (work experience, on-the-job training, etc.), and job placement into in-demand occupations; including occupations that have an increased demand due to impact of COVID-19, including but not limited to: health care and health care supporting professions, food delivery, food production, grocery-related work, manufacturing of healthcare tools and supplies (N-95 masks, scrubs, gowns, etc.), manufacturing of basic human essentials and household items (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, soap, etc.), case management, social work, child care, and any other occupation with a meaningful connection to the COVID-19 national health emergency.

 

The reemployment activities that will be offered include, but are not limited to, the following:

 •  Referrals to local employers.

 •  Job placement assistance in high-demand sectors, including occupations with increased demand as a result of COVID-19 impact.

 • Job readiness workshops to build soft skills.

 •  Assistance with career planning with an individual employment plan and career workshops.

 

Résumé preparation and interview preparation.

 • Case management to support the participant’s employment goals.

 •  Support services and needs-based payments to support participant stabilization and work readiness.

 •  Training: apprenticeships, on-the-job training, individual training accounts, customized training, work experience.

 

 Follow-up services to contact participants at specific intervals for employment status, assess additional employment-related needs, and to ensure employment needs are met.

Governor Newsom Announces Workers’ Compensation Benefits

for Workers who Contract COVID-19 During Stay at Home Order

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Benefit will be available for diagnosed workers working outside their homes

 

Presumption will be workers contracted the virus at work; employers will have chance to rebut.

Governor also signed executive order waiving penalties on property taxes for residents and small businesses experiencing economic hardship based on COVID-19; order also extends deadline for filing property tax statements

 

SACRAMENTO – As California prepares to enter Stage 2 of the gradual reopening of the state this Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that workers who contract COVID-19 while on the job may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. The Governor signed an executive order that creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption for accessing workers’ compensation benefits applicable to Californians who must work outside of their homes during the stay at home order.

 

“We are removing a burden for workers on the front lines, who risk their own health and safety to deliver critical services to our fellow Californians, so that they can access benefits, and be able to focus on their recovery,” said Governor Newsom. “Workers’ compensation is a critical piece to reopening the state and it will help workers get the care they need to get healthy, and in turn, protect public health.”

 

Those eligible will have the rebuttable presumption if they tested positive for COVID-19 or were diagnosed with COVID-19 and confirmed by a positive test within 14 days of performing a labor or service at a place of work after the stay at home order was issued on March 19, 2020. The presumption will stay in place for 60 days after issuance of the executive order.

 

The Governor also signed an executive order that waives penalties for property taxes paid after April 10 for taxpayers who demonstrate they have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic through May 6, 2021. This will apply to residential properties and small businesses. Additionally, the executive order will extend the deadline for certain businesses to file Business Personal Property Statements from tomorrow to May 31, 2020, to avoid penalties.

 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives and livelihoods of many, and as we look toward opening our local communities and economies, we want to make sure that those that have been most impacted have the ability to get back on their feet,” said Governor Newsom.

 

Since declaring a state of emergency due to COVID-19 on March 4, 2020, Governor Newsom has taken several actions to benefit workers on the front lines, including paid sick leave benefits for food sector workers that are subject to a quarantine or isolation order; critical child support services for essential workers and vulnerable populations; additional weekly unemployment benefits; and needed assistance in the form of loans for small businesses and job opportunities in critical industries for workers that have been displaced by the pandemic.

 

Learn more about the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts here. Visit covid19  for critical steps Californians can take to stay healthy, and resources available to those impacted by the outbreak.

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