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Resources for Employees

City & County of San Francisco

OEWD's Workforce Division is prepared to support workers who face layoffs or a reduction in hours due to COVID-19 with resources and educate employers about their responsibilities with respect to those impacted employees. The following resources are currently available through our office and state agencies.

Rapid Response Services

OEWD staff is available to partner with workers, employers and labor unions to conduct Rapid Response Online Orientations to larger groups of impacted employees by providing an overview of these resources remotely via Skype and in-person consistent with the City’s Public Health Recommendations. Our office will coordinate with state and local agencies as necessary. If you or your employer would like to request a Rapid Response Online Orientation, please contact us at

Paid Sick Leave

San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance requires employers to provide paid sick leave to all employees (including temporary and part-time employees) who perform work in San Francisco, as highlighted by the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement.
If you have questions on want more information, please call 415-554-6271 or email

Health Care Coverage

Employers are required to maintain health care benefits if you take leave to care for yourself or your dependents under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or California Family Rights Act (CFRA). You should consult with your employer or union representative regarding health care coverage during a period of work reduction to see what additional benefits are available to you along with your existing coverage.


For those experiencing job loss, federal law generally requires employers to offer employees and their families temporary extension of health care coverage, also known as COBRA. You may consult with your employer regarding COBRA enrollment. Job loss may be a qualifying life event for enrollment in Covered California, which provides health care coverage to California residents at affordable and subsidized rates. Alternative coverage may be available through the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Healthy San Francisco Program, which provides free or low-cost health care services to uninsured San Francisco residents.


State of California

For the latest COVID-19 State resources, check out California's COVID-19 page.

Reduced Work Hours

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.

Sick or Quarantined Workers

If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy.


If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments.


Federal Support

Avoid fraud by getting your benefits information directly from the source. Please find information for individuals accessing Social Security or Supplemental Security Income.

IRS Resources for Employees

The IRS has set up a special section to help taxpayers and workers affected by COVID-19. The page will be updated as new programs are made available. 

IRS COVID-19 page