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How to apply for disability, unemployment, or

family leave during the coronavirus pandemic


The California Employment Development Department waived the one week waiting period for people unemployed or disabled due to COVID-19.

Californians who may be missing work because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) can now apply for benefits through the state's Employment Development Department (EDD).

EDD is providing workers and caregivers with various options to collect payment while they're not working.

There are three options for workers affected by COVID-19. Sick or quarantined Californians who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to the virus can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim online

If you're unable to work because you're taking care of a sick or quarantined relative with COVID-19, you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim, according to EDD. 

Californians whose hours have been reduced by their employer or who have lost their job due to their employer shutting down operations, can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim

In a tweet Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state is waiving the one week waiting period for those "unemployed or disabled as a result of COVID-19." 


Author: Ja'Nel Johnson (ABC10)

Published: 6:31 PM PDT March 13, 2020

Updated: 7:41 PM PDT March 17, 2020