COVID-19 Resources for Employers
COVID-19 EShield Hotline
Complimentary COVID EShield Hotline, for the next 90 days, you and your team can call our HR Experts, we’re on stand-by, and we’ll respond if not same day, within 24 hours we’re here for you anytime, whether it’s clarifying wage and hour laws, guidance on policy interpretation benefits questions regarding free testing, planning layoffs/outplacement, ee relations questions guidance help on how to engage the new remote workforce…SDHRC wants to bring you comfort and peace of mind through this difficult journey.
We look forward to helping you navigate your HR needs 866-EShield or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SDHRC Additional Resources
- SDHRC Guidance to California Shelter to Home Order (3/20/20)
- SDHRC COVID-19 Blog Updates
- SDHRC Workforce Preparedness Planning for COVID-19 Slide Deck (3/26/20)
- SDHRC Workforce Preparedness Planning for COVID-19 Virtual Discussion Recording (YouTube 3/26/20)
- SDHRC COVID-19 Presentation Slide Deck (3/17/20)
- SDHRC COVID-19 Virtual Discussion Recording (YouTube 3/17/20)
- SDHRC Employment Communication Template (3/13/20)
- SDHRC Transition Tips to Remote Workforce (3/13/20)
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019
- CDC: Travel Health Notices
- WHO – World Health Organization
- OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Work Share Program
This resource is for those whose hours/wages have been reduced temporarily to avoid layoffs. These individuals can participate in the Employment Development Departments (EDD) “Work Sharing Program.” This program offsets the reduced employee’s wage losses with the Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.
- Be a legally registered business in California.
- Have an active California State Employer Account Number.
- At least 10 percent of the employer’s regular workforce or a unit of the workforce, and a minimum of two employees, must be affected by a reduction in hours and wages.
- Hours and wages must be reduced by at least 10 percent and not exceed 60 percent.
- Health benefits must remain the same as before, or they must meet the same standards as other employees who are not participating in Work Sharing.
- Retirement benefits must meet the same terms and conditions as before, or they must meet the same as other employees not participating in Work Sharing.
- The collective bargaining agent of employees in a bargaining unit must agree to voluntarily participate and sign the application for Work Sharing.
- Identify the affected work units to be covered by the Work Sharing plan and identify each participating employee by their full name and Social Security number.
- Notify employees in advance of the intent to participate in the Work Sharing program.
- Identify how many layoffs will be avoided by participating in the Work Sharing program.
- Provide the EDD with any necessary reports or documents relating to the Work Sharing plan.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Unfortunately, during these uncertain times, many companies are faced with the difficult decision to switch layoff workers or reduce their hours. Affected employees are urged to file unemployment through EDD Unemployment Insurance as soon as possible as all waiting periods are waived due to our current circumstances.
State Disability Insurance
Employees may be able to file for Disability Insurance through the EDD if they have become ill with, or who are medically quarantined due to exposure to, COVID-19, and who must miss work as a result.
Paid Family Leave Benefits
Employees may be able to file for Paid Family Leave through the EDD if they are unable to work due to caring for a family member who is ill with or medically quarantined due to exposure to, COVID-19.
Employees may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation if they were exposed to or became ill with COVID-19 during their regular work duties.
Additional California Resources
- California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
- Cal/OSHA – The Division of Occupational Safety and Health of California (Coronavirus FAQs)
- CDPH – California Department of Public Health
- DLSE – Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
- EDD – Employment Development Department
- LWDA – California Labor & Workforce Development Agency (Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19)
- Fisher Phillips
- Fisher Phillips – CA “Suspends” Its WARN Act Under Certain Circumstances Amid COVID-19 Crisis
- Crowdsource – Coronavirus HR Communications & Resources Guide
- Crowdsource – Coronavirus Company Travel & WFH Updates, Conferences, Schools
- Member Resources
- Aetna & CVS Health
- Plan Sponsor Email
- Plan Sponsor Rx Letter
- Teledoc in 3 Easy Steps
- Teledoc Member FAQ
- Heal Flyer
Anthem Blue Cross
- Member Resources
- Coronavirus Facts
- FAQ: Brokers & Employers
- FAQ: Members
- LiveHealth Online
- LiveHealth Online for Kids
- Heal Flyer
Blue Shield of California
Sharp Health Plan
Sutter Health Plus
Western Health Advantage
- What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19 CDC Flyer Rev. 03/03/20)
- What to Do If You Are Sick With the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19 CDC Flyer Rev. 02/29/20)
- Office of Public Affairs
- CDC Travel Health Notices
- CDC Recommended Posters
- CDC: Risk Assessment Tool
- CDC: Risk Assessment for Healthcare Personnel
More Ways SDHRC Can Help You With COVID-19
• Virtual Workplace Policy Creation & Implementation
• Virtual Workplace Transition Support
• Managing People in a Virtual Workplace Environment
• Technology Transitions & Requirements for a Virtual Workplace Environment
• Handling Performance Issues in a Virtual Workplace Environment
• COVID-19 Employer Shield Hotline Service