As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues and changes every day, we have found that many people are seeking answers to a growing number of concerns. In order to help you find the information you need, we at Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center have put together a list of COVID-19 resources for you to browse. These resources are intended to assist individuals in Northern California, as well as those located throughout the state, in regards to how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting workers’ compensation, unemployment, Social Security disability, taxes, and other relevant issues. We encourage you to browse these resources to find helpful information on an array of COVID-19 matters, or contact us directly to speak to a member of our legal team about your specific situations, as well as your various rights and options.
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Comprehensive Information for Affected Californians
If you or someone you care about has been affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, or if you are looking for more information regarding a specific COVID-19 concern, visit our recent blog to find a wide range of helpful COVID-19 resources for Californians.
In our blog, we provide comprehensive information on the following California-specific issues:
- Tax deadline extensions
- Property taxes
- The federal stimulus package
- Unemployment insurance
- Disability insurance benefits (SDI)
- Paid family leave
- Mortgages and foreclosures
- Tenant evictions
- Small business assistance
- Energy and communications
- Student loans
- Parking enforcement
- Relief funds
- Medi-Cal/CalWORKs recipients
- New Medi-Cal applicants
- Undocumented immigrants’ rights
We also provide general information on the novel coronavirus and tips for staying safe, according to leading health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Workers’ Compensation Concerns
Listen to Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center’s podcast, Work Comp Talk, for helpful insights into navigating the California workers’ compensation system during COVID-19: https://workcomptalk.net/. You can also visit our YouTube channel for informative videos regarding various workers’ compensation issues: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_X7-6Zt8BBDypLjAtOk--A.
Using Sick Leave for COVID-19
Learn more about your options for using paid sick leave for coronavirus, as well as other additional leave options and your rights. Browse FAQs on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office here: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.htm.
California Unemployment Options for Workers Affected by Coronavirus
Learn more about filing for unemployment in California due to COVID-19, including your options if you have experienced reduced work hours or if you are self-employed. View COVID-19 worker resources from the State of California’s Employment Development Department here: https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/workers.htm.
Utilities Information for California Homeowners & Renters
If you are concerned about your utilities (gas, water, power, etc.) being shut off due to inability to pay, or if you simply want to know more about your rights regarding payment of utilities during this time, you can view current utility consumer protections during the California COVID-19 outbreak here: https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/covid19protections/.
California’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
You can find general information on the novel coronavirus, including how it spreads and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones at https://covid19.ca.gov/. There, you can also find up-to-date information on California’s Stay at Home Order and find additional resources on everything from dealing with stress to immigrant issues related to COVID-19.
Resources for People Who Have Lost Their Jobs Due to COVID-19
If you or a loved one has lost their job as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, you can find a one-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic here: https://onwardca.org/.
Job Loss, Income Changes & Health Care Coverage
Visit Covered California’s website if you are experiencing job loss and/or income changes due to the coronavirus pandemic and are concerned about your health care coverage: https://www.coveredca.com/.
Coronavirus Resources for Employers & Workers
If you own a business or are an employee who has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, visit https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/ for more information on your rights and legal options, as well as answers to common questions and concerns.
Daily COVID-19 Updates & Alerts
To find information on California alerts and receive daily updates on the current COVID-19 situation, visit the California Department of Public Health’s website: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx.
City of Oakland COVID-19 Updates
Learn more about the current coronavirus situation in Oakland and find helpful information for yourself, your family, your business, and your employees, as well as news updates on the City of Oakland’s website: https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/covid-19.
Information on Oakland Schools
Find various COVID-19 resources for students and parents of students at Oakland-area schools, including school closure information and online education tools and resources, on the Oakland Schools’ website: https://www.oakland.k12.mi.us/covid-19-resources.
Resources for Oakland Residents
The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is offering helpful information and resources for Oakland residents on its website, addressing everything from funding for health care and the homeless to renters’ rights and evictions to notices regarding encampments, resources for small businesses, support for local establishments, and more: https://rosefdn.org/Oakland-COVID-19-Resources/.
Hyper-Local COVID-19 Updates
Find more information and coronavirus updates for the 15th congressional district—including Hayward, Union City, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, and the nearby areas—from Congressman Eric Swalwell here: https://swalwell.house.gov/.
Getting Involved: Donate to East Bay FeedER
If you’re looking for a way to support local, independently owned restaurants in the Bay Area and show your support for the health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, visit https://www.eastbayfeeder.org/. East Bay FeedER purchases food and meals from area restaurants that have been impacted by COVID-19 and deliver them to five hospitals located throughout the East Bay.
Mental Health Resources
Navigating a global pandemic—and all of the uncertainty it brings—can cause a significant amount of stress and anxiety. If you are currently struggling to cope with the current health crisis and its effects here at home and around the world, know that you are not alone. Help is available.
We encourage you to browse the following resources to find both national and local mental health services:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233; https://www.thehotline.org/
- California Psychological Association’s Find a Psychologist Locator: https://www.cpapsych.org/page/find
- Psychology Today’s guide to therapists: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists
- Steinberg Institute’s website with numerous links to mental health resources and mental health care services throughout California: https://steinberginstitute.org/links-research-care/
- Crisis Support Line of Alameda County: https://www.crisissupport.org/programs/crisis-line/
- Contra Costa mental or emotional crisis 24-hour access line: 1-888-678-7277
- Contra Costa Crisis Center, offering 24-hour crisis support: 1-800-833-2900; https://cchealth.org/mentalhealth/
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)’s HelpLine: 1-800-950-6264
- NAMI’s mental health resources brochure, with general mental health and COVID-19 information, resources, and links: https://www.nami.org/covid-19-guide
Contact Us Today for More Information
If you are currently facing a legal challenge and need the assistance of an experienced attorney, we invite you to contact Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center to speak to one of our Oakland workers’ compensation attorneys. While we focus on workers’ compensation and related issues, we may be able to answer some of your questions regarding related COVID-19 issues and concerns. There is no cost in speaking to a member of our team.
Contact us online orcall us at (888) 740-6434 today to request a free initial consultation regarding your specific situation.