Information for Employees
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Morgan Hill residents with urgent, non-emergency questions or concerns are directed to call or text 408.767.6404. This number will be monitored regularly, Monday - Friday, during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Messages will be responded to within 24 hours, during weekdays.
We are here for you. We will get through this together.
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible, the Santa Clara County’s Public Health Officer, along with the Health Officers of the five adjacent counties and the City of Berkeley, issued a shelter in place order. The order began March 17th and is expected to last until the Santa Clara County Health Officer amends or rescinds (under the May 18, 2020 Order)
We understand the County’s order to shelter in place for all of Santa Clara County and the impact of the COVID-19 is being felt by employees within Morgan Hill. We are providing information on resources available to employees impacted by COVID 19. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, both the Federal and State governments have issued disaster declarations paving the way for Federal and State assistance.
Employees that are directly affected by COVID-19 or by the Shelter in Place order can apply for assistance from the State of California.
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If you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional)
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.
Approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income); ranges from $50-$1,300 a week for up to 52 weeks.
Paid Family Leave
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)
Up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member.
Approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income); ranges from $50-$1,300 a week for up to 6 weeks.
If you have lost your job or have had your hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19
Partial wage replacement benefits payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.
Range from $40-$450 per week for up to 26 weeks.
Paid Sick Leave
If you or a family member are sick or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine
The leave you have accumulated, or your employer has provided to you under the Paid Sick Leave law.
Paid to you at your regular rate of pay or an average based on the past 90 days.
If you are unable to do your usual job because you were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of your work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Benefits include temporary disability (TD) payments, which begin when your doctor says you can’t do your usual work for more than three days or you are hospitalized overnight. You may be entitled to TD for up to 104 weeks. TD stops when either you return to work, your doctor releases you for work, or your doctor says your illness has improved as much as it’s going to.
TD generally pays two-thirds of the gross wages you lose while you are recovering from a work-related illness or injury, up to a maximum weekly amount set by law. In addition, eligible employees are entitled to medical treatment and additional payments if a doctor determines you suffered a permanent disability because of the illness.
- Additional details on State of California Unemployment services can be found at:
- Guide to worker’s rights (English)
- Guide to worker’s rights (Spanish)
Santa Clara County COVIS-19 Assistance Navigation (CAN)
The County of Santa Clara Office of Labor Standards Enforcement and the Fair Workplace Collaborative has launched a new program for workers who are suffering financial impact due to job loss or reduced hours because of COVID-19. Visit their website for more information.
The program is called Santa Clara County COVID-19 Assistance Navigation or Santa Clara County CAN and provides the following benefits:
- Callers can leave a message at any time in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese and a Navigation Manager will return their call within 24 hours. Hotline number: 408-809-2124
- Navigation managers will connect callers to resources and answer questions about work-related issues and eligibility for social services.
- EDD programs (unemployment, disability, paid family leave) – navigators will help determine what programs a caller is eligible and help them with the application.
- Safetynet programs like CalFRESH and Medi-Cal
- The SCC-CAN Hotline works closely with the OLSE Attorney Advice Line – where necessary and appropriate, Navigation Managers will make referrals for callers with an Advice Line attorney.
Onward California Job Resource Website
Losing a job amidst a pandemic is traumatic. OnwardCA is an initiative of companies, foundations, and humans to provide California workers displaced by COVID-19 essential life services and assistance with returning to work as quickly as possible. The site is designed to help people get resources such as money or groceries or childcare. There are also resources to help constituents upskill, reskill, or refresh as well as job matching links.
Loss of Medical Coverage
Laid-off employees who had insurance coverage through their employer are eligible to maintain their insurance both through COBRA and through Covered California since loss of employment is considered a qualifying event. For COBRA, inquire with your employer about benefits or with the Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration if your employer has gone out of business or stopped offering coverage. The Covered California website has information about enrollment and requirements.
Borrowers who are experiencing financial challenges due to the pandemic are strongly encouraged to contact their mortgage servicer to explore their options as some banks and financial institutions may be offering relaxed requirements. Governor Newsom’s executive order makes the request but individuals with mortgages should inquire with their lender directly. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days due to the coronavirus national emergency.
If you are impacted by COVID-19, these financial institutions will offer mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which allow you to reduce or delay your monthly mortgage payment.
The County of Santa Clara recently amended it's moratorium on residential and commercial evictions related to COVID 19. If the eviction is due to financial inability to pay rent or medical issues resulting from the coronavirus, commercial and residential tenants are safe from eviction through August 31 unless extended.
Videos Explaining Eviction Protections
Financial Assistance for Low-Income Residents
Destination: Home has raised more than $11 million from private and public sources, including a proposed $2 million contribution from the County, to provide direct financial assistance to those who are facing a documented loss of income because of COVID-19.
Eligible residents must meet these three criteria to qualify for assistance:
- Resident of Santa Clara County
- Household gross income less than 80% of the average median income (e.g. $103,900 for a family of four)
- Documented loss of income related to COVID-19 impacts due to health, employment, or school/child care closures
Eligible households will receive up to a maximum of $4,000 of lost income per month. Assistance may be requested once per month for the duration of the public health emergency, as long as the household continues to experience an economic impact and funds are available.
Residents can get more information or apply online at https://sacredheartcs.org/covid19/. They can also call (408) 780-9134.
Resources for undocumented people
Local funds -- these are just a few, there may be more in your community
- https://undocufund.org/apply-aplicar/ https://www.centrolegal.org/our-fund/
- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGPsJ4xetlOuMkEbfUCyv3i0e4N6ni9f4guEmsEg UWCSzm9Q/closedform
Pledge to donate your stimulus check to undocumented:
Helping undocumented farmworkers
Kate Cimini, a reporter at Salinas Californian, suggests reaching out to the United Farmworkers or Teamsters or Community Rural Legal Assistance office in your area to find out what local funds have been put together
Insurance Grace Period
The California Department of Insurance has issued a Notice requesting all insurance companies to provide their policyholders with at least a 60-day grace period to pay their premiums. Consumers should contact their insurance company if they need additional time to pay their premiums.
IRS Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic (Federal Government)
The Secretary of the Treasury has been instructed “to provide relief from tax deadlines to Americans who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency". Please read the grant of relief offered to all taxpayers.
Notice 2020-17 (PDF), Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic.
IRS Economic Impact Payments
The Stimulus payments should be automatically deposited into your bank. To confirm eligibility or provide the IRS with deposit details please visit the IRS website:
Get your Stimulus Check
- IRS website for non-filers - https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
- Free help filing your taxes to get stimulus check - https://www.getyourrefund.org/
2019 California tax returns (State of California)
This relief includes moving the various tax filing and payment deadlines that occur on April 15, 2020. This includes:
- Individual filers whose tax returns are due on April 15 now have a 60-day extension to file and pay by June 15.
Santa Clara County Property Tax
County Department of Tax and Collections understands and shares the public’s anxiety and concern about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we cannot change the April 10 deadline for the Second Installment of Property Taxes because critical county services, schools, and local financial obligations are dependent on those scheduled revenues, we can waive penalties, costs, or other charges resulting from tax delinquency due to reasonable cause and circumstances related to this crisis.
Property owners can take advantage of the partial payment program and make multiple partial payments on the installment due.
City of Morgan Hill water and wastewater services:
To assist our residents during these uncertain times, Morgan Hill will not assess late penalties nor terminate services due to delinquency during July. We ask customers to reach out to Utility Billing for more information or request a payment arrangement.
Pacific Gas & Electric
PG&E has made service modifications for Impacted Customers.
- Suspended service disconnections for non-payment and waive new service deposit requirements for residential and small business;
- Implemented flexible payment plan options; and
- Provided additional support for low-income and medical baseline customers.
If a customer is experiencing financial hardships and has trouble paying their bill due to the economic impact of COVID-19, they can help. Please call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.