Coronavirus Resources for Workers
The Coronavirus is a once-in-a-generation crisis, and it’s already wreaking havoc on the lives and financial security of workers. The news is scary, and a lot of folks have questions.. Here are some resources to help you as we all figure out what comes next. If you have any questions or need help - please don’t hesitate to get in touch with my office: Harder.House.Gov or 202-225-4540
HOW DO I GET THE DIRECT PAYMENT INCLUDED IN THE LAST STIMULUS AND HOW MUCH WILL I GET?
Individuals making up to $75,000 ($150,000 for married workers) will receive payments of $1,200 with an additional $500 payment per minor child. The payments decrease on a sliding scale and stop altogether for single workers making more than $99,000 ($198,000 for married workers and $218,000 for a family of four.)
These payments will be issued by the IRS via direct deposit and will be based on 2019 or 2018 tax returns, or your 2019 Social Security Statement. If you filed your 2018/19 taxes and received your return through direct deposit you don't need to take any further steps to get your check - these will start being disbursed the week of April 13. If you do not have direct deposit information on file, keep an eye out for a letter from the IRS with instructions on how to receive payment.
For further information on the direct deposit and requirements, click HERE.
WHAT DO I DO IF I CAN’T GO TO WORK BECAUSE I’M SICK OR QUARANTINED?
People who are unable to work due to exposure to the Coronavirus or because they have caught the virus may be eligible for disability insurance. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. You can file a claim here: https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_DI_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE TO STAY HOME FROM WORK WITH MY CHILD?
If your child’s school is closed and you have to miss work to stay home with them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits. You can file a claim here: https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm
WHAT DO I DO IF I CAN’T GO TO WORK BECAUSE I’M CARING FOR A QUARANTINED FAMILY MEMBER?
If you’re unable to work because you’re caring for an ill or quarantined family member with the Coronavirus, you can file a Paid Family Leave Claim. Paid Family Leave provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. You can apply here: https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_PFL_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm
CAN I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IF MY EMPLOYER HAS CUT MY HOURS OR I’VE BEEN FURLOUGHED?
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to the Coronavirus, you can file an Unemployment Insurance claim. This provides partial wage replacement payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to Coronavirus and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week. You can apply here: https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm
Will PG&E shut off my utilities if I am unable to pay?
PG&E has voluntarily implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment for both residential and commercial customers, effective immediately and until further notice.
Further information can be found on their website.
Will the Modesto Irrigation District discontinue service if I am unable to pay?
While people in our community are encouraged to stay home and may be experiencing resulting hardships, MID has suspended power shut-offs for non-payment.
Further information can be found here.
How can I get access to the internet for telework or remote learning?
Comcast is taking steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can now get two months of their New Internet Essentials service for free, which is available to all qualified low-income households. Apply by April 30, 2020.
More information can be found here.
I know this is a trying time. If there’s anything you need please reach out to my office at Harder.House.Gov or 202-225-4540.