August 31, 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.

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 Focused on Providing Training Funds to Employers During Pandemic 
The State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) announced that it approved 24 contracts worth over $6 million in job training funds for 6,000 workers. Read more here.
California Secures $4.5 Billion for Lost Wages Assistance Program
California has federal approval for an initial $4.5 billion in funding for the federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program, which will provide eligible claimants with a supplemental payment of $300 per week for a minimum of three weeks.  Read more here.
Governor Newsom Unveils Blueprint for a Safer Economy
Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a statewide, stringent and slow plan for living with COVID-19 for the long haul. The plan imposes risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening COVID-19 allowable activities and expands the length of time between changes to assess how any movement affects the trajectory of the disease. Read more here.
Complete The Census Today!
There is only 30 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.
New Videos:
Mensaje de seguridad para trabajadores agrícolas de la primera pareja
EDD Hiring Workshop Series is now available on YouTube
Part 1: Process Overview
View Here
Part 2: Resumes & SOQs
View Here
Part 3: Test & Interview Tips
View Here
Coming Soon: Chancellor Eloy Oakley speaks with California Labor Secretary Julie A. Su.
On the Record:
$71 Billion of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Issued to Impacted Workers
August 27, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect employment statewide, impacted workers and employers are receiving vital benefit support from California Employment Development Department (EDD), which disbursed over $71.4 billion in benefit payments since March. 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 (August 13, 2020)
California Unemployment Improves to 13.3 Percent in July (August 21, 2020)
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