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COVID-19 Series: Resources, Data, and Analysis for California

COVID-19 Series: Resources, Data, and Analysis for California

At the federal, state, and local levels, expansive new policy is being developed and implemented to address the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating effects on workers, businesses, and the economy generally. The Labor Center is working to provide research on how California specifically is experiencing the pandemic; analysis of what these new policies offer the state’s workers and businesses–and what is still needed; and curated lists of resources, information, and tools for workers and their advocates.


COVID-19: Understanding Federal Legislation
Annotated list of resources for understanding and utilizing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

COVID-19: Resources on Federal and State Policy and Assistance
Annotated list of resources, includes information on assistance for immigrants, gig workers, and small businesses and non-profits, as well as links to health care and housing assistance.

COVID-19: Local Labor Standard Policies in California
List of California city and county ordinances, proclamations, mayoral directives, and orders that expand labor standards for workers affected by the pandemic, such as paid sick leave, health care, worker retention/right of return, and policies that lift workers’ voices in firm, industry, and government responses to the pandemic.

Modified Adjusted Gross Income under the Affordable Care Act – UPDATED WITH INFORMATION FOR COVID-19 POLICIES
Fact sheet summarizing relevant federal regulations for calculating MAGI for use in applying for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

COVID-19 and Technology at Work
A compilation of media accounts of different ways that employers and workers are using technology in response to COVID-19.

The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Workers in California: An Overview of Research to Date
Chart pack focusing on unemployed workers and essential workers in California.
Updated 7/14/2020



Fiscal Impacts of COVID-19 and California’s Economy, May 14, 2020
On May 14, the Governor of California released his revised budget proposal for 2020-21 projecting a revenue decline of 22.3% and a $54.3 billion shortfall. Many cities, counties, and school districts have already begun budgeting for the coming fiscal year and face similar deficits. How will these fiscal impacts affect California’s economic recovery? In this post we examine the likely impacts of the pandemic on local budgets, the factors still unknown, and the principles that must guide California’s response to this ongoing crisis.

Front-line Essential Jobs in California: A Profile of Job and Worker Characteristics, May 14, 2020
In this blog, the authors identify essential jobs via California’s list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers,” and then profile these jobs in terms of the prevalence of low-wage work and their demographic characteristics, focusing on front-line occupations that are likely to be most at risk of workplace exposure.

Health coverage of California workers most at risk of job loss due to COVID-19, May 8, 2020
This data brief examines which types of health insurance, if any, the workers most at risk of job loss had prior to this crisis. The authors then use this analysis to inform their estimate that for every 100,000 California workers losing their jobs due to the pandemic, up to 67,000 workers, spouses, and children are at risk of losing job-based coverage.

Taking the High Road, May 2020
From the High Road Training Partnerships initiative, this brief provides an overview of the problem-solving infrastructure of HRTPs, and how they can address multiple contemporaneous challenges with strategies designed to support economic and environmental resilience in industries and communities. The brief provides a special emphasis on the ways in which HRTPs are able to help workers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Industries at Direct Risk of Job Loss from COVID-19 in California: A Profile of Front-Line Job and Worker Characteristics, April 10, 2020
The authors focus on potential differences in the economic impacts on California’s workers by analyzing major industries that are at highest risk of job losses or hours reduction stemming from social distancing and public health directives to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Time to Act for Workers: Critical State and Local Policies to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, March 24, 2020
This blog post first identifies the industries most directly at risk of jobs loss and then outlines principles for state and local policy responses to this crisis, highlighting immediate policy priorities.


Webinar: COVID-19 Impacts on the California Economy, April 28, 2020
The UC Berkeley Labor Center and SEIU California co-hosted a panel discussion of the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on state and local governments. The webinar was to provide California labor and community leaders an opportunity to understand the potential fiscal impacts of COVID-19, policy efforts to promote fiscal recovery, and the implications for the local and state workforce going into the 2020-21 fiscal year.