August 17, 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.

Reduce Energy Usage and Prevent Power Outages
Three things you can do to help prevent power outages during this heatwave:
1) Pre-cool your home at 72° overnight & in the morning,
2) Turn your A/C to 78° or higher from 3-10pm
3) Avoid major appliance use from 3-10pm
Learn more at

Cal/OSHA Reminder: Protect Outdoor Workers From Heat Illness In Hot Weather
Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers with outdoor workers to take steps to prevent heat illness during a period of high heat across the state. The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings and watches in effect Friday through early next week for many interior and coastal parts of the state from Shasta and Sacramento Counties, through the San Francisco Bay Area and Fresno, Kern, Ventura, Los Angeles Counties and more. Read more here.
Labor Commissioner's Office Reaches $2.6 Million Settlement Securing unpaid wages for 133 Bay Area Restaurant Workers
The Labor Commissioner’s Office has reached a $2.6 million settlement with the owners of Kome Japanese Seafood & Buffet in Daly City, securing compensation for 133 workers for unpaid minimum wage, overtime and split shift premiums that were uncovered in a 2018 wage theft investigation. The settlement will also compensate workers for WARN Act violations, which occurred when the restaurant closed without notice. Read more here.
New Videos:
EDD Hiring Workshop Series is now available on YouTube
Part 1: Process Overview
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Part 2: Resumes & SOQs
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Part 3: Test & Interview Tips
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On the Record:
Unemployment benefits to pandemic-impacted workers reach $63.9 billion
August 13, 2020

Unemployment benefits for Californians out of work or working reduced hours since this historic pandemic began now total $63.9 billion – helping support families and sustain businesses during this COVID-19 created crisis. Since March, the Employment Development Department (EDD) has processed more than 10.2 million claims for benefits between the regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, extensions, and separate Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Read more here.
Workplace Health, Safety, and Rights:
COVID-19 Employer Handbook Available Now
AB 5/ABC Test - Employment Status Seminar Available Now
Governor Newsom Appoints New EDD Executive Team Members, LWDA Senior Advisor (August 14, 2020)
DIR Appointment – Chief Deputy Director (August 14, 2020)
Employment Training Panel Announcements (August 12, 2020)
Labor Commissioner’s Office Files Lawsuits against Uber and Lyft for Engaging in Systemic Wage Theft (August 5, 2020)
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