Employers & Employees


Worknet Merced County


Business Service Team: 209-724-2100

Assistance to workers, rapid response team for layoffs, HR hotline for businesses: 888-906-0041.


California Employment Development Department 



RAPID RESPONSE SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES — Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. Explore other alternatives from​ California EDD to laying off employees.
Fact sheet (PDF): https://www.edd.ca.gov/pdf_pub_ctr/de8714rrb.pdf


REDUCED WORK HOURS - WORK SHARING — Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program — alternative to layoffs. Employer Info  This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs – retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly Unemployment Insurance benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.Visit the Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.


TAX ASSISTANCE — EDD Tax Assistance - request a 60 day extension to file payroll and more. Call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center 1-888-745-3886 (toll-free). More from EDD>>>

Department of Industrial Relations





Guidance on requirements to protect workers from coronavirus. Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) and required protection. FAQ on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner's Office.

California Chamber of Commerce


COVID-19 Survival Guide for Employers (April 9 news post)

U.S. Department of Labor - OSHA


Guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF).

NEW RULES FOR PAID LEAVE. New actions announced on April 1, 2020 to protect workers.


Employee Rights Fact Sheet (PDF)>>




California Employment Development Department



DISABILITY — Individuals unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.



CAREGIVING — Californians who are unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.



UNEMPLOYMENT — If you have been laid off, the Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim. 



CHILDCARE — If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. 


Federal Paid Leave


Treasury, IRS and Labor announced plan to implement coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related: 

Worknet Merced County


Assistance to workers and job hunters.