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COVID-19, SDI, PFL

Updated: Feb 10

Questions below are taken directly from EDD's Coronavirus FAQ on topics such as UI, PUA, SDI, Paid Family Leave


If I am not ill but subject to quarantine, and unable to qualify for SDI, can I apply for UI/PUA?

YES

You are encouraged to apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits if you are unemployed, which includes reasons such as:

  • Your hours are reduced due to the quarantine.

  • You were separated from your employer during the quarantine.

  • You are subject to a quarantine required by a state or local health officer.


Would I qualify for benefits if my child’s school shuts down and I have to miss work to care for that child who is not ill?

  • YES

  • You may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Our EDD representatives will determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis by scheduling a phone interview with you. For example, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits if your employer has temporarily allowed you to work less than full-time hours due to your child care situation. In such case, you may be eligible for reduced benefits based on the amount of your weekly earnings, as long as you meet all other eligibility requirements. The EDD will contact you and your employer for information to determine your eligibility.



Can I still collect unemployment benefits if I am able to work remotely from home?

  • MAYBE

  • Working your full normal hours remotely would not qualify you for benefits. However, you could collect some Unemployment Insurance benefits if your usual number of work hours are reduced through no fault of your own. The first $25 or 25 percent of your wages, whichever is the greater amount, is not counted as wages earned and will not be reduced from your UI weekly benefit amount.