California Unemployment Extension

If your California unemployment benefits have run out you may be eligible to receive extended unemployment benefits through one of the state or federal unemployment extension programs.

This federal unemployment extension programs is called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (Also known as EUC08).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08) includes 4 stages, or tiers. Each tier has a different maximum time period for which your unemployment extension will last:

Tier 1 EUC08: 20 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 2 EUC08: 14 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 3 EUC08: 13 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 4 EUC08: 6 week maximum unemployment extension.

If you use up all of your regular unemployment benefits, normally you don't have to apply for an unemployment extension because the system automatically applies for you, if you are eligible. It is very important that you keep track of your benefits to make sure you receive your unemployment extension if you are eligible.

If you get close to your unemployment benefits running out, give your unemployment counselor a call to check to see what you have to do in order to get they unemployment extension.

There is another type of unemployment extension called Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED), more commonly referred to as Extended Benefits (EB). You will only qualify for the EB unemployment extension if you have used up all of your regular unemployment benefits and also used up all of your EUC08 unemployment extension.

If you qualify for the EB unemployment extension you will receive additional benefits equal to 20 weeks or 80% of the maximum benefit amount on the original unemployment claim, whichever amount is less.

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# Joe 2011-09-29 18:08
My regular California unemployment benefits were for 52 weeks ending Sept2011, probably because I was layed off from a full time job but still working periodically at a part time job. I still had benefits remaining but the time period ran out. Am I still eligible for the first extension? I hope that I won't be penalized because I actually looked for more work during this time and, therefore, did not use all of the monetary benefits.
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# Kimberly 2011-10-24 18:15
I've been collecting CA Unemployment for six months. I have two checks left, before Im at zero. How do I know if Im eligible for an extension and if I am, how do I find out and/or apply, so there is no lapse in my benefits. Help.

Thanks.
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# natalie 2012-01-14 22:35
i just received the form i fill out every 2 weeks for my continued claim. the second week is X-d out and it says my balance is $450. how do i apply for an extension and why didn't i receive anything in the mail about this?? i really need this money to continue to support my family! thanks.
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# Jeff 2012-02-24 21:21
I just filed my last continued claim for california EDD benefits, and want to know if I eligible for coninued benefits or for a federal extension, and if so, how do i file to take advantage of these benefits.
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# Verna 2012-08-29 16:46
I was laid off 2/23/12 with no reason from my employer. I had worked for 81/2 years for Dr. M.who retired 10/31/11. Dr. S. took
over the practice and proceeded to lay me off on 2/13/12, as he also did another employee about 2 months later. I now have 1 more week of un-employment and have called over 100 times and cannot talk to anyone. Please help. I need to know if I am eligible for extended benifits and how to file, if necessary.
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# Paco 2013-02-27 21:42
i just received the form i fill out every 2 weeks for my continued claim. the second week is X-d out and it says my balance is $450. how do i apply for an extension and why didn't i receive anything in the mail about this. Please advise. Thank you
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# Denise 2013-04-03 22:36
Quoting Paco:
i just received the form i fill out every 2 weeks for my continued claim. the second week is X-d out and it says my balance is $450. how do i apply for an extension and why didn't i receive anything in the mail about this. Please advise. Thank you

I'm in the same spot ! What do I do ?
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# Coby 2013-06-11 20:21
They will file the extension for you automatically, maybe you didn't have enough funds for the second week. It will sort out on its own once the extension goes through.
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# Coby 2013-06-11 20:19
I am currently on a third extension and not sure if a fourth exists. I've been looking continuously for permanent work but I've just been offered a short term contract (40hrs a day but for one month only) that will pay more than I'm getting on these benefits. I know I have to declare these wages on the weekly forms but I'm not sure if EDD will cancel my benefits? My concerns are:
1. Should I take this contract for one month?
2. Will I be able to receive the rest of my balance once this contract is up?
3. Will I have to re-apply for EDD all over again?
4. Should I stay with EDD and continue looking for something more permanent?
5. Would I even be eligible for EDD if they cancel on me because of this short-term gig? What would this arrangement be classified as once over? laid off/ temporary?
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# William 2013-07-03 00:30
So, if the amount of my initial award expires before the one year mark given, is it really possible to get an automatic extension under EUC08? I know the extension is filed automatic, but what are my chances? In California.
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