CWR Partnered with Project Optimism for Back to School Family Resource Fair

As the school year begins, many students are getting ready to go back to school, and many parents are thinking how they will continue to balance their jobs and family care. The Center for Workers’ Rights attended the Project Optimism event Back to School Family Resource Fair on August 12th at Howe Community Park to talk to parents about their workplace rights in preparation for this transition into the school year.

When children become ill, parents often scramble to figure out how to take time off of work without losing pay. The Center for Workers’ Rights understands these complex labor laws and can help parents determine the best ways to seek wage replacement benefits while caring for their family.  At the resource fair, we shared information about state disability insurance, paid family leave, and unemployment insurance. Understanding how to utilize California wage replacement benefits through the EDD is incredibly important for thousands of workers across the state who may be anxious of the additional financial burden taking the time to care for themselves or sick family members can bring. 

Center for Workers’ Rights Program Administrator Kimberli Bautista Garcia spoke with a community member who wanted to access paid family leave, but was facing obstacles to obtain their benefits. We discussed the qualifications needed to apply for the programs and offered additional assistance, if the issue persisted.

The Center for Workers’ Rights provides information about EDD benefits programs, how to access them in a worker’s primary language, and provides one-on-one consultations for low-wage workers who are having trouble accessing their benefits. Contact us at 916-905-5857 or

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