California Unemployment Eligibility

In order to establish unemployment eligibility in California you have to:

1. Be a resident of California. If you are not a resident of California, but worked in California at your last job, you should still have California unemployment eligibility.
2. Have worked and earned income in California.
3. You must not be disabled.
4. You must be able to work.
5. You must be actively looking for a new job.
6. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you quit your job or were fired for 'just cause' you may not be eligible to collect unemployment in California. Every case is different, so if you lost your job -- be sure to apply to unemployment in case you are indeed eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

There are special rules that apply to unemployment elibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your mility or union representative for these rules.

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# Mary 2010-10-11 10:24
What are the rules for unemployment eligibility for union members (Railway Act)?

Are they eligilble for unemployment if they decide to strike?

I assume they are eligible in case of lockout. Can you confirm?

Thank you.
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# Jessalyn 2011-01-20 12:29
I am currently receiving unemployment benefits. However, my family and I are planning to relocate to Missouri. Will I still be able to receive the same benefits once I move?
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# Jessie 2011-05-31 12:25
i was let go of work due to being sick to much,will i be able to collect unemployment?
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# el 2011-06-07 04:12
im retired military (california) and had another fulltime job but was let go. can i still get full unemployment benefits?
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# josh 2011-06-14 12:01
I got my hours cut at work. at what point is it low enough to get unemployment?
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# angi2011 2011-07-11 11:28
My husband has been offered a promising job four hours away. If I quit my job and we move, can I collect any unemployment while I'm looking for a new job?
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# Darren Shearer 2011-07-19 11:33
I work full time and have a second job which doesn't pay much. During the winter months my employer cuts my hours way back to almost nothing for about 4months. Will I still be eligible despite having a second job?
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# Chuck B 2011-08-07 16:07
I have a friend who didn't include a job when she filed for benefits. This cost her job, now they are wanting repayment under threat of prosecution. My question is can she still get food stamps/cash aid for her and her 11 year old special needs child?
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# Matthew 2011-09-30 10:35
I was laid off last June due to lack of work last June from a Company I worked for many years. I took a job with another contracting company within a week. I have been let go because I am not fast enough in my work. I worked long and hard but just couldn't keep up with those young kids. Can I collect Unemployment till I find a new job. I can't collect social security for a few years.
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# Suzie 2011-10-17 12:11
I was awarded UE benefits $0 based on the past quarters. I only worked 7/18/2011-10/2011 and was laid off. Can I refile in January 2012 so that my July 2011-September 2011 quarter/wages are taken into consideration and I qualify for some benefit?
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# Rebecca 2011-12-05 14:30
My husband got a job in Utah, can I quit my job in California and get unemployment so I can move there with him?
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# Alex 2012-03-05 20:25
My company relocated 46 miles away from home, since i didn't want to lose my job i decided to give it a try & go with the company, my schedule was from 7am-3:30pm now my boss informed me my schedule was going to change. Now i won't be able to carpool with any of my coworkers, due to gas prices, my internship from school & my salary I'm unable to do the change. Last week he approached to me in a very unprofessional way yelling at me in front of my coworkers. I made a complain to HR but they haven't done anything about it, which makes a hostile work environment.
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# bret 2012-08-21 11:45
did you get unemployment?
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# Denise 2012-03-17 15:12
If i qualify for unemployment in California, and move to Arizona, will my benefits continue until I find a job?
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# kayla 2012-07-03 23:51
I was recieving ui several years ago. A judge overturned the ruling so I owe the state of California money for this reversal.
Will the money that I owe keep me from recieving unemployment benefits in the future, should I need them.
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# p 2012-07-05 18:42
After 4.5 years of being employed, my employer moved 15 miles further from my home. The hours I am required to work 8-5 cause my commute time to have almost trippled, or I can take a toll road that costs me $10 per day. I was moved from one division to another (under different management), my pay was reduced and my job description has changed. I have had to use up my vacation/pto hours to see doctor's bc they are by my home and what used to be a lunch appointment is now a 2.5-3hour ordeal. I have made several requests to adjust my hours or even reduce them to alleviate the commute issues, but I have been denied my requests. My lifestyle is completely changed and I am starting to get very depressed. Is there anything I can do? I do not want to quit bc I will not be eligible for unemployment, however I cannot look for a job while working here bc I do not have any vacation/pto time to leave the office. Can my employer require I remain employed? How can I negotiate a NO-FAULT termination since they moved and changed the terms of my employment?
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# Sarah 2012-08-23 12:55
Hi! I've been with my current company for 9 years. I had a baby recently and my maternity leave is coming to a close. I thought we were going to be able to work out a part time or from-home situation, but the only option is resume work in the office full time.
There is just no way I could drive to/from the city every day now with a baby, since the commute is an hour and a half each way. It's simply too much time in the car and away from the baby. If I'm forced to resign, would I be eligible to collect unemployment while I search for a suitable job, due to the lifestyle change?
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# Tiffany 2012-10-26 13:21
Can you get unemployment benefits if you were fired for going to jail for a domestic dispute? Even tho it was ruled as self defense and the case dropped will it still be my fault for getting fired?
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# erik 2012-11-04 17:27
Unemployment dept. Has asked that i provide 2 forms of i.d. they said i can send my drivers license and my pg and e bill. Does it matter if my address on the bill does not match what they have on file? And does not match what is on my drivers license?
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# Mike 2012-11-28 16:41

Does "you are seperately eligibe for an award in another state" mean choose to receive benefits from ONE state or the OTHER, or can they be combined?
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# Russ 2012-12-01 22:31
I am still considered TTD by wmc doctor's have won awards and finding but was appealed reconsideration was denied by adj judge i have not got any money since 2/12/12 I filed for bk recently my employer has not fired me but does not want me back can i get unemployment i worked for 30years for company.
I still pay my medical insurance out of pocket to my employer .They employee about 100 employee.I am without any notice to my status at work can i sue them
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# NOEMY 2013-01-17 16:15
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# holly 2013-02-20 11:53
I was taken off work for disability by my doctor (it was a non work related injury) its been 1 year and ive exhausted my disability benefits. If my doctor says iam no longer disabled can Icollect unemployment benefits?
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# Ann 2013-02-21 00:10
If i am terminated from my job due to not meeting store goals can i collect EDD?
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# Ray-Ray 2013-06-05 16:19
I have received a letter from the EDD saying that my last check has been sent on my first claim, and that if I qualify they will let me know in writing. what does it mean if I qualify? should I not be eligible for an extension?
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# Jules 2013-06-13 14:07
I received my paycheck from CA employer in December 2011. I went on CA UI immediately after losing my job. I moved out of state to take a job and ended my CA UI in mid June 2012.

After a year of employment, I am now unemployed (laid off) in my new home state. Am I still eligible to reopen my CA claim?

I called CA EDD and was told the cut off was 14 months. However, on the CA EDD website it says 18 months. Another site does not give a cut off.

Thank you.
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# sue 2013-06-28 13:24
My company was sold and i was laid off by them but offered a job with the new company. i have not yet filed for UI. If i do not accecpt the job with the new company am i eligible for UI?
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# Arianna 2013-07-31 01:40
My husband retired 3 years ago but still working full time. He just received a notice from their HR that he will be lay off next month. Is he qualified to receive an unemployment benefits.
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# Heatherv 2016-07-21 19:11
I quit my job and gave notice i asked if they had other clients for me in another area of california by arizona they said no my husband decided this month he dont like it here in california and was going to move to arizona i had to quit to maintain my marital relationship he was going with or with out me with our daughter and i could not drive back and forth it would be to far from arizona to california 4 hour drive one way will i be able to get unemployment
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# John Gomez 2017-09-20 22:14
I was a resident of CA for 40+ years. In 2000, I moved to Nevada. I recently moved back to California. I am unemployed looking for emplyment. Is there a waiting period for me to get Unemployment until I find a job? I have paid a signifcant amount of money to CA SDI, and all CA taxes over the years..
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