October 12, 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.

Cal/OSHA Training Academy is Now Offering Courses for Employers and Workers on COVID-19 Safety Requirements.

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. All employers and workers in the state of California have free access to the training courses and other information on this site. Employers may incorporate these courses and materials into their safety programs. Read more here.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits Filing Deadline Extended for Those Impacted by Widespread California Fires 

Californians impacted by wildfires that started in August, in several California counties, now have an extended deadline of 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.

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Social Media Posts of the Week:
DIR is Now Hiring!
Have a passion for helping your community? Working with @CA_DIR you can help make a positive difference in the lives of #California workers. We’re hiring for multiple positions across the state  View here.
New Podcasts and Videos:
Cal/OSHA Webinar Presentation: Use of Elastomeric Respirators in Health Care Settings
On the Record:
Unemployment benefits top $98 billion as new claims get new ID verification boost
October 8, 2020
Unemployment benefits provided to support California workers impacted by this historic COVID-19 pandemic now total $98 billion, including $5 billion so far in federal Lost Wages Assistance benefits. At the same time, new applicants for benefits are now using a new identity verification tool at the beginning of the application process which officially launched on Monday. The enhanced UI Online system is designed to help the California Employment Development Department (EDD) process claims faster while effectively preventing scammers at the onset of a claim. Read more here.
Workplace Health, Safety, and Rights:
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.
Cal/OSHA Issues Citations to Grocery Stores for COVID-19 Violations (September 30, 2020)
Employment Training Panel Approves $9 million to Train 7,300 employees (September 28, 2020)
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