COVID-19 Information for Workers

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 COVID-19 Information for VJC Clients

 For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please refer to the CDC COVID-19 website. State of California updates are located here. Local updates from the County of Los Angeles can be found here.

 COVID-19 Scams

 Our federal partners have made us aware of several cyber threats related to COVID-19. To avoid cyber attacks, do not click on any links to information about COVID-19 from unfamiliar sources.

 Please note that public assistance customers are not required to be tested for #COVID-19 for eligibility purposes. Similarly, children cannot be put into foster care if a parent tests positive for coronavirus.

Learn more about COVID-19 scams and how to avoid them:

 Verdugo Jobs Center Operations

 In compliance with state order as well as to ensure the health and safety of our community:

  • All VJC orientations, workshops, recruitments, and other in-person gatherings have been postponed. The job search area is closed to the public.
  • If you have lost your job or have had your hours reduced, we strongly encourage you to take steps now to secure employment, before stay-at-home orders are lifted. The VJC is now offering training and job placement services, supplemented by supportive services that ensure participants have the resources they need to successfully complete trainings and stay in their jobs during these uncertain times. Call us at (818) 937-8000 to find out about specific training and job options, enrolling, eligibility, and more. View our flyer.
  • You can still meet with your Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) or Employment Network (EN) counselors by making an appointment. Please be aware that all WIPA and EN contact information remain the same at the VJC. If you do not have their information, please call (818) 937-8000. 
  • VJC case managers are available to provide virtual assistance. Call (818) 937-8000. 

 Job Search

 Grocery stores, food delivery, and a number of other companies providing essential services are hiring at this time. The Verdugo Jobs Center is virtually providing job seekers with job placement services, and helping local companies recruit candidates for their open positions.

 The following are a few of the positions that the VJC is actively recruiting for. To learn more about these listings, please contact Tina Hartyon at To access the VJC’s job placement services, call (818) 937-8000.

  • Art’s Bakery (Glendale) is hiring for a bread maker. Position is for the graveyard shift, no experience required. 
  • Modern Support Services is hiring for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in Burbank.
  • AGS is hiring for security guards in Glendale, Burbank, and surrounding areas. Guard cards required.

 The VJC has also compiled the following resources to assist our region’s job seekers:  

  • OnwardCA was created with the assistance of Governor Newsom’s office and features a matching system to connect Californians with resources and jobs.
  • The City of Los Angeles has created a new website to help workers displaced as a result of COVID-19 to find jobs. Access it here.
  • Sign up for the VJC’s Employment Opportunities newsletter, at the sidebar of the VJC main page. This newsletter is released biweekly and lists jobs in all industries in the LA area for those looking for full-time, part-time, or temporary work.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Applications are open now for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program. The following groups are encouraged to apply:

  • Independent contractors
  • Self-employed individuals
  • Business owners
  • Those who do not qualify for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits
  • Those who qualified for regular UI benefits, but have already collected all of those benefits.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the PUA program. 

 Unemployment Insurance (UI)

If your employer reduces your hours or shuts down operations due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to file a UI claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced. In addition, if you cannot work because of school closures and you have to take care of children, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. File a UI claim, and EDD representatives will determine if you are eligible. 

There are several ways to apply for unemployment insurance: 

  • Online. This is the fastest method to apply for unemployment insurance. Click here to apply online.  
  • Telephone. If you do not need to speak with an EDD representative, call the UI Self-Service Phone Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-333-4606. For technical assistance, call the following numbers Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. to 12 noon (Pacific Time), except on California state holidays:
  • English: 1-800-300-5616
  • Spanish: 1-800-326-8937
  • Cantonese 1-800-547-3506
  • Mandarin 1-866-303-0706
  • Vietnamese 1-800-547-2058

Deaf and hard of hearing callers can contact EDD using one of the following:

  • Teletypewriter (TTY) at 1-800-815-9387: (This option does not use the California Relay System and is recommended).
  • California Relay Service

For general program questions or technical help, including registration, password resets, EDD Account Number, and how to use UI Online, contact the EDD at 1-833-978-2511 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (PST), seven days a week. Note: Representatives will not have access to your claim or payment information.

UI Resources

View the EDD’s Guide to Applying for Unemployment Benefits

The VJC has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about unemployment insurance:

Visit the EDD’s FAQs page for additional answers to questions about unemployment.

Benefits Information

Most Americans qualify for an Economic Impact Payment, including those experiencing homelessness. For individuals who normally don’t file taxes, sign up with IRS here to get a payment. Answers to FAQs about payments can be found here.

Click this link (scroll to bottom) to view a simple chart listing the benefits that may be available to you, including Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave, and Unemployment Insurance. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about benefits. 

This Benefit Finder questionnaire can help you discover benefits that you and your family may be eligible to receive. 

Per Executive Order N-29-20 issued on March 17, Governor Newsom allowed Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKS, Cash Assistance for Immigrants and In-Home Supportive Services recipients to continue receiving program benefits for three months without interruption or a reassessment of their eligibility. 

Healthcare Coverage  

For workers and their families who have had a lapse of employment or who have become unemployed during the outbreak, COBRA Continuation Coverage may be the right choice for you. View FAQs about this option.

You can also enroll in a Covered California health insurance plan outside of open enrollment due to COVID-19. Learn more here.  

View questions and answers for dislocated workers about retirement and health care coverage, compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Current Employees

Per Executive Order N-31-20,  signed by Governor Newsom on March 17, while written notice is still necessary, some workers can now be let go without 60 days’ notice as long as the layoffs were caused by coronavirus-related “business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable at the time that notice would have been required.” This is intended to permit employers to act quickly in order to mitigate or prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Emergency Assistance

Additional Resources

  • Click here for a comprehensive list of resources for workers compiled by the California Labor Federation.
  • The EDD has compiled this Additional Resources page, containing a list of links to various types of assistance, including food, healthcare, and more.






The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is an Equal Opportunity Program. 
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TTY (818) 548-3857.

Requests must be made within 3 business days of the event.