Call centers and some VA health facilities are currently experiencing very high numbers of calls. To help VA address the most urgent needs first, ask here is a link to frequently asked questions (FAQs) for routine or non-urgent questions. This web page is updated regularly as the situation changes.
Join AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka for a conversation with union members who are serving on the front lines as we battle COVID-19. From teaching our kids to caring for the sick to serving our communities, these workers will share their personal journeys and discuss why we need to pass the HEROES Act to protect and support those on the job.
LABOR LIVE: FRONT-LINE WORKERS AND COVID-19 – Friday Sept 4, 3pm PT
LABOR LIVE: THE ONGOING ECONOMIC FALLOUT OF COVID-19 – Sat. Sept 5 9am PT
LABOR LIVE: PROTECTING THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE AND VOTE BY MAIL Sunday Sept 6 3pm PT
LABOR DAY LIVE: A CONVERSATION WITH VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, Monday, Sept 7, 1:15p PT
Due to COVID-19, employers and workers in our region are facing challenges of epic proportions.
During these unprecedented times, the LAEDC has established this LA Covid-19 Community Connectory which seeks to provide crucial resources for vulnerable residents, small businesses, and nonprofits. The Community Connectory:
- Engages LAEDC’s award-winning staff of business assistance and layoff avoidance professionals to directly help employers overcome challenges, retain staff and position for economic recovery.
- Spotlights a growing array of financial resources that directly support individuals, as well as programs to help businesses and community-based organizations.
- Provides frequent analysis and economic outlooks from LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics to help all people in our region plan for economic recovery.
All the services of LA Community Connectory are provided at no charge, in keeping with LAEDC’s public-benefit mission, and true to our history of helping save over 240,000 direct jobs in LA County over the past 20 years.
John Gutierrez, Deputy Director of Veteran Services at JVS, and Vanessa Lopez, Veteran Representative of Workforce Services, discuss the impact of COVID-19 on local veteran employment. We have included the slides and flyers related to the presentation below.
It’s the Law: Your Employer Must Protect You
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires employers to provide “employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” Known as the general duty clause, this includes COVID-19 exposure in hospitals and other health care facilities.
PPE for COVID-19 must include, at minimum, N95 respirators or higher, isolation gowns, eye protection, and gloves. Surgical and non-respirator face masks do not protect persons from airborne infectious diseases and cannot be relied upon for novel pathogens such as COVID-19. A Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) with high efficiency particulate air filters must be worn during aerosol generating procedures on suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Protections hospitals/health care employers must implement for COVID-19:
- Open and continuous communication about any potential exposure to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case(s).
- Screening protocols to identify patients who may have COVID-19 infections.
- Plans to ensure prompt isolation of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infections in airborne infection isolation rooms.
- Protective PPE for nurses and other health care workers providing care to patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infections including airborne and contact precautions. PPE for COVID-19 must include, at minimum, N95 respirators or higher, isolation gowns, eye protection, and gloves. OSHA recommends that if N95 respirators are not available, employers should use higher levels of respiratory protection such as N/P/R100s, elastomeric respirators, powered-air purifying respirators, and others.*
- A Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) with high efficiency particulate air filters must be worn during aerosol generating procedures on suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.
- All donning and doffing should be performed in a separate room, with a buddy system to ensure efficacy and hands on training.
- 14 days paid precautionary leave for a nurse or other health care worker who is exposed to COVID-19.
- Exposure incident procedures. Employers must identify, evaluate, and investigate potential worker exposures. Medical follow-up services must be provided, free of charge, to all exposed employees.
* See page 15 of OSHA’s “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19”
Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative (LAVC) sends a thank you to those who joined the meeting this month! They look forward to hosting you at the next collaborative meeting on July 8, 2020.
Dr. Frank Alvarez M.D., MPH, discussed Los Angeles County’s Roadmap to Reopening during COVID-19 pandemic. Here is some aadditional materials related to the presentation on COVID-19 and the Los Angeles County guidelines to reopening below:
Roadmap to Reopening
Roadmap to Recovery Infographic
Protocols for Retail Establishments
The Verdugo Job Center has a COVID-19 Information for Workers webpage for up-to-date information and resources for job seekers.
Please join us for the next LAVC meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. This meeting will be hosted on Zoom!
This month, Dr. Carl Castro, the Director of the USC Military and Veterans Programs (MVP), will talk about his recent article examining the impact of COVID-19 on the Veteran Community. The full article is included below:Impact of COVID-19 on mental health care for Veterans: Improvise, adapt and overcome
To learn more about the LAVC and community resources please visit our LAVC website.
Here are some of the big name tech companies that are hiring during the pandemic — many of which have more than 100 openings. Glassdoor, John Deere, Apple, Zynga, Facebook, Microsoft, Nvidia, Mathworks, Google, Zoom, GE Healthcare, Siemans, HP, and more click here to go to site for more details
There has been an important change to Unemployment Insurance (UI) that the Labor Secretary announced yesterday. The Employment Development Department (EDD) has updated its website to reflect the latest changes for UI claimants (https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/certify.htm):
Certifying for Weeks Ending March 14 through May 9, 2020
Based on the persistent inability of claimants to access the UI OnlineSM system during this time period, if your UI benefit certification form has dates for weeks ending March 14 through May 9, you do notneed to certify or recertify for UI benefits. For these weeks, this means:
· After you initiate your UI claim and are determined eligible, you do not need to provide any certification for your first benefit payment or continuing biweekly payments.
· You will automatically receive your benefits, unless you have an existing disqualification or pending issue.
· You will be required to provide information to the EDD if you worked during any of these weeks.
· The failure to provide the EDD with information that you worked during these weeks may result in an overpayment that the EDD must later recover.
In the steps for receiving UI benefits, this means after you apply (Step 1), EDD will take care of Step 2 for you for the weeks ending March 14 through May 9, based on the persistent inability of claimants to access the UI Online system during this time period. You will be required to inform the EDD if you work during these weeks through Ask EDD by selecting Unemployment Insurance Benefits, then Payments, a