In The Media

Carole Vigne discusses how “California’s Unemployment Agency Struggles to Meet Demand” on KQED’s Forum

Carole Vigne discusses California's Employment Development Program (EDD), and its difficulties coping with unprecedented demand for Unemployment Insurance benefits during the COVID-19 crisis on KQED's "Forum."
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Carole Vigne talks about Unemployment Benefits for People Serving Penalties with KTVU

Carole Vigne, staff attorney and director of LAAW's Wage Protection Program, talks to KTVU about unemployment eligibility for people serving overpayment penalties and the Employment Development Department's ability to process these claims.
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LAAW’s George Warner of the Wage Protection Program Discusses Filing for Unemployment as a Self-employed Worker in California

LAAW's George Warner of the Wage Protection Program joined KPCC/LAist for a live virtual event to discuss filing for unemployment for self-employed Californians. California's Employment Development Department (EDD) began accepting unemployment claims from self-employed Californians, who wouldn't qualify for unemployment benefits.
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George Warner Answers Questions about Gig Worker Unemployment Benefits on KCBS Radio

LAAW's George Warner answers questions on KCBS Radio's "Ask an Expert" segment regarding unemployment benefits for gig economy workers in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
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George Warner Answers Questions on KCBS Radio 105.3 about Unemployment Benefits in light of COVID-19

LAAW's George Warner of the Wage Protection Program answers a series of questions about unemployment benefits in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis on KCBS Radio's "Ask an Expert" segment.
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Kim Ouillette talks to KQED about the Need for Additional Funds for Undocumented Workers

Kim Ouillette talks to KQED about why a one-time payment of $500 will not be enough to support the many undocumented workers in California who are out of work due to the COVID-19 crisis. The article also discusses the call to Governor Newsom for California to provide "weekly payments of $600 to jobless undocumented immigrants until the emergency proclamation is lifted" from the Safety Net for All coalition, which includes Legal Aid at Work.
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Alexis Alvarez and Kim Oulliette Discuss How Undocumented Workers are Excluded from Many—but not all—Employment Benefit Programs During the COVID-19 Crisis

Alexis and Kim discuss the obstacles and opportunities for undocumented workers seeking benefits. They explain which benefits are—and aren't—available to undocumented workers, explain the steps undocumented workers can take to apply for benefits, and provide practical information about how long the process usually takes.
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Carole Vigne talks with the LA Times about the Difficulties Workers Are Having in Trying to File Unemployment Claims in California

Carole Vigne, Director of LAAW's Wage Protection Program, speaks with the Los Angeles Times about the logistical hurdles many workers are experiencing in trying to file unemployment insurance claims in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. Carole speaks to how workers are likely to see significant delays in the processing of these claims due to staffing constraints at the Employment Development Department (EDD).
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Chris Ho talks about Issues Facing Undocumented Restaurant Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

Christopher Ho, director of LAAW's National Origin and Immigrants' Rights Program, speaks with The Counter about the lack of a safety net for undocumented restaurant workers during the Covid-19 crisis. The article discusses the work of advocates to provide relief funds to undocumented workers in the short-term as well as the long-term efforts to create structural change.
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