California Unemployment Rules

In order to receive unemployment benefits in California you must follow these rules:

1. You must be able to work, and are not disabled.
2. You must be actively looking for a job, and keeping a record of your job search.
3. You must file a weekly certification.
4. You must not make more than your weekly wage allowance. In some cases, you will be able to work while collecting unemployment - but only so much per week. Make sure when you apply for unemployment that you are very clear about how much you are able to earn each week. Your unemployment counselor will be able to tell you how much this is.

As long as you follow these California unemployment rules, you will continue to receive your unemployment benefits.

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# Shirley 2011-02-01 16:50
We terminated an employee after 8 weeks due to not being able to do the job and she had just run out of unemployment when we hired her. She has filed unemployment against us. I have read that you have a base period, requirement for wages earned or time worked for that person to collected unemployment. Can you tell me what that is. We have a feeling this employee wanted to go back on unemployment. Thank you.
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# Amy 2011-06-03 19:21
Can you please link me somewhere that describes the laws regarding the continued eligibility rules for California?

For example, I look for and apply for jobs online nearly everyday, and I wanted to leave my local area to do some personal business (but I would still be able to look for work online and would be able to return to my home area within 5 hours if given an interview or a job). I would have also still have been in the same state. I let the person on the EDD telephone interview know this, and I found out that doing so could make me ineligible for benefits for that week, and lose them permanently. I told the person that I would not leave town because I did not know that this would disqualify me and that I needed the money. The person told me to focus on finding a job, and not worry about money. I'm laid off, how can I not worry about money? Anyway, I digress.

I want to comply as completely as possible and not accidentally do something to disqualify me. The general "be available and looking for work and not refuse any suitable work" is unclear for very specific questions, like what is suitable work? What do they mean by available? Can I leave my town to grocery shop in a bigger town?

The EDD was very hateful to me and this is the first time I've ever had to use the system and I am a very honest person so I want to make sure I am doing the right things and not unknowingly committing fraud.

Thank you!!
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# Doug 2011-08-28 10:05
I do construction work but I am not getting many hours. Would I be able to offset these earnings with unemployement?
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# Laura 2012-02-07 15:07
I completed the CA unemployment form online and realize I provided my salary based on net vs gross. I've been looking online and trying to call -- how do I update the # so I get the appropriate unemployment benefits? Thanks!
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# Michael M 2012-03-14 23:18
I am collecting unemployment> I found a job I worked for 3 days and it didn't work out. can I still collect my unemployment?
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# Teresa 2012-03-28 23:15
how will a 2 hr. per week part time position affect my calif. unemployment benefits?
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# Debbie 2012-03-30 15:00
I have applied for many job and finally received a call back for an interview for one. At the time the lady told it is only a 5 week position. I had an interview but have not heard back yet.

Will taking a 5 week position effect my ability to continuing receiving unemployment after the 5 week period it up?

I am trying to find a more permanent position but it's not easy.
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# Farah 2012-08-31 15:11
I have been a full time for the past 14years and our office is closing by the end of this month. But I will be working one week into the next month. How should I calculate the quarterly wage, since I will be workingone extra week? Will be still based on" the Standard Base Period" what will happen to that extra week?
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# Pam 2013-03-15 16:25
How much time does EDD have to notify me of their determination? I had the phone interview 2/26 and was told my claim is denied. The following week I got an award letter that was dated 2/15. Today I was told that no determination has been made. I first applied for benefits on 2/5.
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# Joseph 2017-08-30 10:02
I work for a Company the owner of the company and the managements say that California state law says that we only get 10 min breaks is that true or or is it 15 min in California.
I thank you and have nice day.
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