Protecting California's Essential Workforce During the COVID-19 Emergency   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] is disproportionately impacting frontline essential workers of color in California. The health and economic security of Latino, Black, and Asian Californians are at higher levels of risk, given their high representation in essential work settings during the pandemic. These jobs tend to be low-paid, and workers frequently lack health insurance. This brief describes the occupational, racial, and geographic variations of California voters who can and cannot work from home. Furthermore, we compare financial susceptibility and occupational safety by Californians' essential worker status. Findings reflect that communities of color and those residing in rural counties are less likely to be able to work from home. Furthermore, those working in personal care services, healthcare services, and other blue-collar occupations (manufacturing, hotels and hospitality, transportation and utilities, and essential retail) are more likely to leave home to go to work and consider it a very serious problem to their safety. The brief also suggests the steps that the California State Legislature, local governments, and county agencies can take to ensure that all frontline, essential workers are protected. This includes increasing COVID-19 testing access and culturally competent health awareness campaigns, expanding and enforcing safety standards, and providing hazard pay and quality child care."

UC Berkley, California Initiative for Health Equity & Action
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UC Berkley, California Initiative for Health Equity & Action: https://healthequity.berkeley.edu/
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