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        Assemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville. 


TO: The Public & Constituents of State 33rd Assembly District - 

FROM: Assemblyman Jay Obernolte  


In response to help workers and employers concerns about the Coronavirus Crisis, here is the State of California update, as of Thursday March 12th.


· 198 positive cases

· 4 deaths 

Of all the confirmed positive cases:

  • Age 0 – 17: 3 cases
  • Age 18 – 64: 104 cases
  • Age 65+: 67 cases
  • Unknown: 26 cases

·      Approximately 10,320 people are self-monitoring, across 49 local health jurisdictions, after returning to the U.S. from travel.

·      Nineteen public health labs in California are testing for COVID-19.

·      More public health labs will soon be able to test for COVID-19. This means California public health officials will get test results sooner, so that patients will get the best care.




Sick or Quarantined

·        If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

·        For guidance on the disease, visit the California Department of Public Health website.

·        Caregiving

·        If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

Reduced Work Hours

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, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. 

However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week. 

Employers/Small Business Owners
Workplace Health and Safety

For information on protecting workers from COVID-19, refer to the Cal/OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus

Businesses and employers can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for help with planning and responding to COVID-19.

Reduced Work Hours

Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent. 

Visit:  Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.

 Potential Closure or Layoffs

Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM      

Tax Assistance

Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.

>>For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.

· Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886

· Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565

· Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502

>> For more information on the Coronavirus, 

      please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website by clicking here.  

I will keep you informed as this situation develops.

It is an honor to represent you.