July 6, 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.

EDD Begins Expansion of California Paid Family Leave Program
The California Employment Development Department will begin implementation of an expansion to the Paid Family Leave program from six to eight weeks of benefits available, which was included in the 2019-20 state budget as part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Parents Agenda. Read more here.
On the Record:

Farm worker a sunsetUnemployment benefits paid to workers hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last three-and-a-half months now total $37.5 billion – providing critical financial support to families and communities throughout California. According to the latest data, the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD) has processed a total of more than seven million claims in just a few months, almost doubling the claim total over the worst full year of the Great Recession (3.8 million claims in 2010).
Read more here.
Additional Unemployment Insurance Benefits Now Available
Individuals may now potentially receive up to a total of 59 weeks when combining their regular UI (up to 26 weeks) and PEUC (up to 13 weeks) claim amounts with the FED-ED extension (up to 20 weeks). That all depends on when someone exhausts their claim and how much time remains to collect PEUC or FED-ED benefits before those programs expire. Read more here.
New Video:
California Workforce Association: The Road to Recovery a dialogue with California's Labor Secretary

At WORKCON 2020, Secretary Su discussed how High Road Partnerships are more critical now than ever, how LWDA and California are using its resources to ensure the safety of all California workers as we begin to rapidly move into job creation, and how we must continue to work to ensure equity for each and every person in the development and implementation of workforce strategies.
California Workforce Association: Surge Occupations: Jobs During and After Coronavirus

At WORKCON 2020, Abby Snay and Myke Griseta of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and Tim Rainey of the California Workforce Development Board discuss some of the employment strategies being used at this moment.
UI Online: Reopen your claim

Learn how to reopen your UI claim online without speaking to a representative.
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