Getting 0 hours at my job, but they wont lay me off?

Update: (California) Started working at a Trucking Dispatch position. When I started it was 3 businesses between 2 partners and I worked with all 3. Since then 2 businesses has closed and I've lost all my hours. I have been applying to other jobs daily with no luck so far. I asked my boss and he wont lay me off. My... show more (California) Started working at a Trucking Dispatch position. When I started it was 3 businesses between 2 partners and I worked with all 3. Since then 2 businesses has closed and I've lost all my hours. I have been applying to other jobs daily with no luck so far. I asked my boss and he wont lay me off. My husband is working but we are struggling financially. Can my boss do that? Not lay me off even though there are 0 hours?
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