Information for Workers Affected by COVID-19

As a worker in California during the COVID-19 crisis, you are likely to feel the effects of a downturn in the economy. Many employers have fired, laid off, or furloughed their workers.

No matter what your position you hold at work – be sure to read about the latest changes in employment law in San Francisco and the State of California.

Federal Resources

EEOC: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

State Resources

Department of Fair Employment and Housing Info for Workers


Applying for Unemployment Insurance: Employment Development Department (EDD)

If you believe you are misclassified as an independent contractor you can still apply for unemployment. If you have been laid off as an independent contractor, apply for unemployment insurance with the Employment Development Department. If the EDD determines that you have been misclassified, you will likely receive unemployment benefits and the employer could be fined.

Start your unemployment application here 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance:

Governor Newsom’s Executive Order of March 12:

Benefits for Workers impacted by CORONA

Local – Bay Area Resources

Helpful Information from the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation:

En Espanol:

Centro Legal

Legal Aid at Work

COVID Resources for Undocumented Workers

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