September 14, 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.

California Future of Work Commission Convening 9: Working Session
A meeting of the California Future of Work Commission will be held on Wednesday, September 16 at 11am by videoconference Read more here.
Cal/OSHA Issues Citation for Failing to Protect Hundreds of Workers from COVID-19
Cal/OSHA has issued citations to frozen food manufacturer Overhill Farms Inc. and its temporary employment agency Jobsource North America Inc. with over $200,000 in proposed penalties to each employer for failing to protect hundreds of employees from COVID-19 at two plants in Vernon. 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.
Complete The Census Today!
There are only 16 days left to complete the Census. Taking just a few minutes to answer the 9 simple questions helps determine dollars that fund important programs for the next 10 years. Complete the Census here.
Social Media Posts of the Week:
Governor Newsom signs AB 1867
Governor Newsom signed AB 1867 which eliminates coverage gaps to ensure every employee has access to paid sick days if they are exposed or test positive to COVID-19 View here.
New Podcasts and Videos:
Know Your Rights: Safe and Healthy Workplace in California
On the Record:
Unemployment benefits paid to workers impacted by pandemic top $81 billion
September 10, 2020

To help support California workers, their families, and their local communities struggling through this historic COVID-19 pandemic, the California Employment Development Department has now issued $81.8 billion in unemployment benefits since mid-March. Last week alone, the EDD paid an average of $678 million a day in benefits – a 962% increase over benefits paid during the same week of the Great Recession in 2010 (an average of $64 million a day). So far in this pandemic, the EDD has processed 12.6 million claims between the regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) program and extension claims, as well as the separate Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.  Read more here.
Workplace Health, Safety, and Rights:
COVID-19 Employer Handbook Available Now
Cal/OSHA Reminder: Protect Outdoor Workers From Heat Illness In Hot Weather (September 3, 2020)

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits Available for Those Impacted By Wildfires (August 28, 2020)

DWC and WCAB Continue to Expand Hearing Options at the District Offices  (September 9, 2020)
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