This page documents updates and resources available to local families and residents, businesses and more.
EDD Unemployment Resources
The following email and phone lines are available to ask EDD agents general questions related to (UI related, etc.) and provide appropriate guidance.
Below is additional relevant information available on EDD’s website through the following links:
Due to the impact of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Employment Development Department (EDD) recognizes the need for Local Workforce Development Areas (Local Area)to have maximum flexibility in providing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services.
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
California is responding to the spread of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19). While investigations to learn more about the virus are ongoing, workers and employers should review their health and safety procedures to help prevent exposure to the virus.
The EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California. For faster and more convenient access to those services, we encourage the use of our online options.
The EDD manages the Unemployment Insurance (UI) and State Disability Insurance (SDI) programs for the State of California.
SDI includes Disability Insurance (DI), Paid Family Leave (PFL), and the Nonindustrial Disability Insurance (NDI) programs. NDI includes DI and Family Care Leave (FCL).
Claimants and employers must understand their roles and responsibilities in making sure that information is reported accurately and the correct benefits are paid. Committing fraud has serious outcomes. Learn more on Fraud and Penalties:
What You Need to Know or review our Recent Fraud Convictions.
EDD Related Programs: Unemployment | Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave
Work Sharing Program
Employers can apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program if reduced production, services, or other conditions cause them to seek an alternative to layoffs.
The Work Sharing Program helps employees whose hours and wages have been reduced:
Receive UI benefits.
Keep their current job.
Avoid financial hardships.
Stay at home. Do your part to flatten the curve. Please—avoid group gatherings, maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more, and stay home if you have symptoms. Oakland, we can #beatcovid19 together by staying apart!
Learn more about the City of Oakland's Shelter in Place order issued on 3/31/2020
Read the full Alameda County Shelter at Home Order
The shelter at Home Frequently Asked Questions
Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus
Avoid group gatherings, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are sick.
City of Oakland Service Modifications
Temporary changes have been made to protect the health and safety of our community.
How to Help Support City of Oakland residents most affected by COVID-19.
Resources for Residents
Preparing your home and family.
Resources for Businesses
Resources for Oakland businesses, nonprofits and workers.
Resources for Employees
Information for City of Oakland employees.
Support for Unsheltered Residents
How we are protecting our unsheltered residents.
Outreach Toolkit for COVID-19
Information and resources in multiple languages.
Orders Related to COVID-19
Links to official orders related to COVID-19.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan provides vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organizations or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19.
Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries.
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance funds will be made available within days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
To apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and loan advance, click here.