November 9, 2020

LWDA Weekly Roundup: 

Each week the Labor & Workforce Development Agency and its departments engage with the public, stakeholders, and reporters on social, digital, and traditional media. Here are the highlights from last week.


Celebrate Apprenticeships!

Happy #NationalApprenticeshipWeek and #CAApprenticeshipWeek. To mark the week, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a commemorative letter. During this week, the Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) will lead an online celebration of California apprentices demonstrating the benefits of apprenticeship training programs for both employers and workers.

Join LWDA in the following conversations:
November 12:

  • 11 – 12:30 pm: PAVING THE HIGH ROAD TO A RESILIENT ECONOMY: A Virtual Forum hosted by the California Workforce Development Board
  • 2 – 3 pm: APPRENTICESHIP STORIES AND VOICES:  Round Table with Secretary Su and Apprentices to be broadcast to the LWDA YouTube Channel.
  • 3:30 – 5 pm: You are invited to an online signing ceremony for the San Joaquin County High School Apprenticeship Program. These students will be the first in the state of California to become registered apprentices with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards!

For more information visit:

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits Now Available to Fire-Impacted Individuals in Lassen, Trinity, and Tulare Counties

Californians impacted by wildfires that started in August have until November 30, 2020, to file for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The California Employment Development Department (EDD) administers these benefits which are available to workers, business owners, and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or businesses, or had their work hours reduced due to the ongoing wildfires. Read more here.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits Are Now Available in 10 California Counties Impacted By Widespread Fires

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are now available to individuals and business owners in several California counties that have been impacted by wildfires that began in early September. These benefits are a provision of an October 16 Presidential Disaster Declaration, and are available to workers, business owners, and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or businesses, or had their work hours reduced due to the ongoing wildfires. Read more here.

Social Media Posts of the Week:
A Word From a Journeyman
What does #apprenticeship mean to you? Alberto Ortiz, residential plumber Journeyman and member of UA Local 393, shares his thoughts in #DAS’s newsletter: View here.
New Podcasts and Videos:
Horas de Enfermedad Pagadas Suplemenatarias por COVID-19
How to File a New Claim on UI Online
How to Verify Your Identity on UI Online
On the Record:
Unemployment benefits total $107 billion during COVID pandemic
November 5, 2020
A total of $107 billion in unemployment benefits have been paid since March, supporting California’s workers, their families and their communities all impacted by this historic COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s Employment Development Department (EDD) reports the average daily benefits paid in the week ending October 31 ($221.1 million) is 254% higher than the average paid during the same week at the peak of the Great Recession ($62.5 million in the week ending October 30, 2010). Read more here.
Workplace Health, Safety, and Rights:
Cal/OSHA Training Academy is Now Offering Courses for Employers and Workers

The Cal/OSHA Training Academy is presented by the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). Online training courses, guidance documents, videos, and other helpful resources on a variety of occupational safety and health topics are available. Read more here.

COVID-19 Information for Agricultural Workers
If you are a farmworker in California, here is what you need to know to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at home and in the fields. Read more here.
Información de COVID-19 Para Trabajadores Agrícolas
Si usted es un trabajador agrícola en California, esto es lo que necesita saber para ayudar a prevenir la propagación del COVID-19 en el hogar y en el campo. Leer más aquí.
Employment Training Panel Awards $8 million to Train 6,300 Workers (October 28, 2020)
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