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CA Expedites Leave Benefits for COVID-19

Original publish date: March 17, 2020

California crew members who have lost work due to the COVID-19 outbreak can file for unemployment and/or disability, with no waiting.

Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order waiving the usual one-week waiting period for the benefit pay, for resident employees whose jobs have been interrupted due to coronavirus spread prevention or contraction of the COVID-19 disease itself.

File an unemployment claim or disability claim

California workers may also use Paid Family Leave or paid sick leave if they are unable to work due to caring for a sick or quarantined family member.

Any accrued sick leave can be found on the crew member’s latest payslip… they should contact production about putting in a timecard for sick leave, or submit it via their mobile timecards on the Crew Portal, if production is set up for mobile.

File a Paid Family Leave claim

If California employees contract COVID-19 during the regular course of work, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation.

Get coronavirus-specific guidance for California employers and workers here.

New York has also waived the one-week waiting period for coronavirus-related work stoppages. You can learn more about their program here.

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