If your employer reduces your hours or shuts down operations due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to file a UI claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced. In addition, if you cannot work because of school closures and you have to take care of children, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. File a UI claim, and EDD representatives will determine if you are eligible. The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim. There are multiple ways to apply for unemployment insurance:
Online. EDD is currently experiencing an increased volume of claims filed; the fastest method to apply for unemployment insurance is online. Click here to apply online.
Telephone. If you do not need to speak with an EDD representative, call the UI Self-Service Phone Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-333-4606. For technical assistance, call the following numbers Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. to 12 noon (Pacific Time), except on California state holidays:
On April 14, 2020, the Glendale City Council voted to require facial coverings be worn by anyone outside of their home. This includes walking or running in your neighborhood, picking up essential goods such as groceries and prescriptions, and walking your dog. View the full order here.
Additionally, Essential Business employers must provide, at their expense, non-medical grade face coverings for their employees. All such employers must ensure that their employees have access to clean, sanitary restrooms, stocked with all necessary cleansing products; or sanitizing agents required to observe hand sanitation protocols recommended by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, provided at the employer’s expense. All such employers must implement social distancing measures for customers, visitors, and employees that provides a six-foot buffer, to the extent possible, between individuals.
All customers and visitors of essential businesses and organizations must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths to provide additional protection for employees and customers. At this time, the face coverings need not be medical-grade masks or N95 respirators, but can be fabric coverings, such as scarves and bandana coverings.
A business owner or operator may refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear face coverings as required. Additionally, all essential retail businesses are encouraged to install plexiglass to separate cashiers and customers at all points of sale. These are recommendations and not requirements.
On April 8, 2020, the City of Glendale further expanded its Eviction Moratorium in order to protect the Glendale community from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prohibition Against Evictions: (Residential and Commercial Tenancies)
Landlords cannot file an unlawful detainer action against either residential or commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that the California Judicial Council has expanded that restriction to state that no complaint for unlawful detainer may be filed for 90 days following the end of the Governor’s emergency order, unless it is necessary to protect public health and safety.
Tenants must provide verifiable documentation to demonstrate the reason for their inability to pay rent and its relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For commercial tenants, a written notice of a tenant’s inability to pay rent must be provided to the landlord in writing 14 days prior to when the rent is due, except for rent due for the month of April in which case said notice shall be made as soon as practicable. These orders are in effect until May 15, 2020 but may be further extended if necessary.
For residential tenants, a written notice of a tenant’s inability to pay rent must be provided to the landlord in writing before the rent is due or within a reasonable period of time thereafter, not to exceed 7 days. The documentation to support deferring rent may be provided to the landlord no later than the time upon payment of back-due rent. These orders are in effect until May 31, 2020 but may be further extendedif necessary.
Tenants will have up to twelve months after the expiration of the emergency order to pay any rent that was deferred because of COVID 19 circumstances.
A landlord may not charge or collect late charges, fees, or interest on unpaid rent, or engage in any harassing behavior in an attempt to collect deferred rent, when payment of rent is delayed during the period of this emergency.
Although the moratorium has been broadened, the basic framework of the eviction moratorium remains unchanged. The rent due is not waived, just deferred. When the moratorium ends, landlords may seek unpaid rent – i.e., past due rent that was not paid during the moratorium – the tenant must pay it, but within 12 months after the end of the emergency period.
The City of Glendale encourages all tenants and landlords to exchange this information with each other so that all parties are aware of what can and cannot be done during this emergency. We also encourage all parties to communicate with each other and show as much patience and empathy as possible as we all work through these difficult times.
Join a live webinar – April 28, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Sponsored by Disability Rights California
Has your employment been impacted by COVID-19? Have your hours been reduced? Have you lost your job? Are you an essential worker concerned about safety? Disability Rights California invites you to attend a web-based training series for people with disabilities.
Joshua Davidson is an attorney specializing in providing advocacy, trainings and legal representation to remove barriers to employment for Social Security beneficiaries. He graduated from Berkeley School of Law in 2009 after becoming disabled with quadriplegia.
Steve Haas joined DRC as the Human Resource Director in January 2015. He has over 20 years experience from a variety of human resources, training and management roles. Steve has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Master’s Degree in Human Resources.
I want to share a few updates on our actions to protect our city in the midst of this crisis. Please share all of this information with your family and friends.
Across Los Angeles, we just finished up our second weekend staying safer at home. By keeping our distance and changing up our normal routines, millions of us made the choice to do right by our neighbors, our seniors, our loved ones, and our own health. Believe me when I tell you: that decision will save lives.
From the very start of the COVID-19 crisis, we have poured everything we have into our response. Keeping vital services up and running. Strengthening our health care system. Supporting the Angelenos hardest hit by the economic blow from this emergency.