California Unemployment

Have you recently lost your job? Did you get laid-off, were you fired, or did you quit? Anyone who applies for California unemployment benefits has to qualify based on a very specific eligibility criteria:

  • You must have earned enough income (wages as an employee) in the base period to qualify you for unemployment.
  • You have to be either completely or partially unemployed.
  • Must have lost your job through no fault of your own.
  • You must be physically capable of working.
  • You have to be willing and available to accept a job.
  • You have to be looking for work; actively searching for a job.
  • Be eligible to collect benefits each week that you file for them.
  • Before you get training benefits, you must be approved for them.

When should you file your claim?

The start date of your UI claim is determined by the date on which you contact EDD for the first time. This date will establish the dates of your base period, which will determine the amount of your weekly benefit. The base period is a period of wages totaling one year, split into four quarters. You should figure out how much you made in each of the quarters that make up your base period to figure out the best time to file your claim. You have to call EDD and fill out a UI application and open claim before you will get an unemployment check or other unemployment benefits - they are not automatic.


Find Out If You Are Eligible For Unemployment   Click this link to find out: Am I Eligible To Collect Unemployment Benefits?

Have Your Benefits Run Out?   Click this link to find out how to get an unemployment extension: Unemployment Extension

Have A Specific Question?   Click this link to get answers to all your California unemployment questions: California Unemployment FAQ

Filing Your Claim - What You Need

In order to file your claim, you have to be without a job (this can be for any reason) or be working at a job for less than full-time hours when you make your application. When you apply, you will be asked a series of different questions, some of which will be regarding your last job. You'll also be asked personal questions for ID and demographics and statistics, like birthdate and educational level. Be sure to be as complete and correct in your answers as possible when filling out your application.

When you file your claim, have all of this info ready

  • Your full name.
  • Your social security number (SSN).
  • Your mailing address(and the address of where you live, if these addresses are different).
  • Your phone number (if you only have a mobile number - this will work).
  • Information about your last job and employer (no matter how long you worked there) :
    • Company name
    • Mailing address
    • Physical address
    • Phone number
  • This same info about each of your jobs and employers that you had in the 18 months period before to applying for UI.
  • The date that you last worked.
  • The reason you lost your job.
  • How much money you made the last week that you worked.
  • Driver's license or government issued ID card.
  • Citizenship status and your alien registration number, if applicable.

How To Apply For CA Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits?

Watch this Video on How to File for California EDD Unemployment Benefits

Base Period

If you file inYour base period is the previous 1 year, which ends on the final day of:

Important Terms

  • Effective Date - this is the date on which you file your UI claim with EDD.
  • Benefit Table - this is the table that EDD uses to calculate your weekly benefit amount.
  • Weekly Benefit Amount - this is how much you'll receive every week.
  • Calendar Quarter - three month period.
  • Base Period - One year period of wages that is used to set your Weekly Benefit Amount.

How to Apply by Phone

If you want to apply for unemployment benefits over the phone, call EDD and one of the knowledgeable UI counselors will help guide you through the process. EDD phone lines are under heavy call volume, so you should be prepared to wait for a long time to talk to someone, or you could get busy signals over and over, so you should also be prepared to keep calling.

Weekly Earnings Reporting Requirement

If you actually work in a week in which you apply for UI benefits, you must also report how much you made that week. As far as EDD is concerned, the week starts on Sunday and ends on the very next Saturday. In order to report earnings or wages that you made in the week that you're applying, make sure that you list any money you earned starting on the most recent Sunday up to the day that you file.

Can You Cancel Your Unemployment Claim?

Yes. You are able to cancel your UI claim in the 30 day period following the date that EDD mailed the Notice of Unemployment Insurance Award. You can only cancel a claim within this 30 day period if you have not cashed or deposited an unemployment check or haven't been given notice that you've been disqualified.

Important: Don't give false information or lie on your UI application. You can receive harsh penalties for giving false information or witholding pertinent information on your unemployment application to EDD.

Here's an example that illustrates how this works: you file your claim on Wednesday, so you should report any money that you earned from Sunday up to Wednesday. You must report any and all income that you make during the time that you're filing a certification for and getting unemployment payments and any other UI benefits. In addition, you have to report travel expenses, meals or reimbursement for business meals, or any other money you are paid when working. If you still have questions about your weekly certification, what you should report, or unclear on something, you should call the EDD office and speak to a counselor to get your questions answered.

Important Claim Documents

Once you've completed your application and EDD has processed it, you will be sent the following forms and documents (you should get them in about 10 days):

Notice of Unemployment Insurance Award, DE 429Z.

This letter tells you what your weekly benefit amount is as well as the maximum benfit amount you can receive, which are determined by the wage amounts that your employer(s) report to EDD. You should go over this letter very carefully to make sure it is correct and should call the EDD office if find any inaccuracies. This letter will also explain what you have to do to fulfill your work search requirements.

Notice of Unemployment Insurance Claim Filed, DE 1101CLMT.

This letter includes all of the details and info you gave EDD when you filled out your claim application. Unless you contact EDD within 10 days from the date that EDD mailed this form to give correct information or add details that are missing, then EDD will consider this information to be correct and complete.

Guide to Benefits and Employment Services, DE 1275A.

This guide spells out all of the rights and responsibilities that you have while you are receiving benefits in the Unemployment Insurance Program. Make sure that you read it a all, and understand what is says because you are required to know what's in it, and abide by the rules in it.

Continued Claim Form, DE 4581.

This is the form that you'll use ever week to claim your weekly benefits. The DE 1275A Guide described above includes detailed instructions on how to properly fill out this form. The official benefit week starts on Sunday and then ends Saturday at midnight. You have to answer every question on the form for every week that you certify your claim, then sign it. You have to mail this form to EDD on the date listed on the front of the form. Be sure that you report any money that you made for the weeks listed on the form, and are careful to list the right start and end dates.

How to Complete the Continued Claim DE 4581 Form Video

Before you will actually receive your first unemployment check you will have to wait for one week, which is called the "waiting period" or the "waiting week". In this first week of unemployment, you will be on the program, and have to abide by all of the rules, as well as fill out the weekly claim form to certify - but you will not receive an unemployment check for that first week.

Disqualifications or Overpayments

In the event that you have had an overpayment or disqualification from a previous UI claim, the overpayment or disqualification might come back to haunt you and be applied to your current claim. If you've ever received a disqualification or overpayment notice you should find it and read it to see how it will affect your new claim.

Pensions & Retirement

Some retirement and pension payments will reduce the amount of your weekly unembployment benefit. If you get any pension or retirement, with the exception of a Railroad Retirement, Social Security, or a retirement or pension that comes from someone else's income or job, you might be required to pay back certain unemployment benefits that you get, if those retirement or pension payments are received at the same time as the unemployment check. EDD may conduct a determination interview in order to figure out if your retirement or pension will affect your unemployment benefits.

Determination Interview

If there is any doubt or questions about whether you are eligible to receive unemployment benefits, EDD will schedule an eligibility determination interview, to be conducted over the phone. EDD will send you a letter notifying you of this called the "Telephone Interview Notification and Instructions", which will tell you the time and date that someone from EDD will call you for your interview. The letter will also tell you the reason for the eligibility interview, what you'll be discussing, as well as give you an idea of the questions you might get asked. The EDD rep will call you at the time listed in the letter, and they'll ask you questions for the purpose of determining whether you are eligible for unemployment benefits. If you were fired from your previous job, or if you quit your job, someone at EDD may also contact someone at your most recent job with some questions as well.

Training Benefits

EDD also offers job training and career development assistance through the California Training Benefits program, which allows UI claimants to get job training at the same time that they're collecting unemployment benefits. There are other training programs that you might qualify for, but you have to contact EDD about them before:
  • you receive 16 weeks of unemployment benefits, or
  • your UI benefits run out and your claim was shorter than 16 weeks

Work Search Requirement

In order to collect unemployment benefits you must actively be searching for a job every week that you file your weekly certification. EDD defines actively searching for a job as filling out applications or sending resumes to companies and employers who have jobs and positions available in your line of work. If you don't look for work during a week that you certify your claim and collect unemployment, your ongoing eligibility to collect unemployment could be affected and you lose your benefits. EDD suggests that anyone collecting unemployment should keep a detailed log of all of your job search attempts, or a work search log, which should include the following information for each job search contact:
  • Company or employer contacted.
  • Contact method - application, resume, interview?
  • Address and phone number of employer contacted
  • Date and time of contact

Job Search Registration

To receive unemployment you have to register for CA's Job Search assistance site called CalJOBS in the first 21 days of your claim. You might also have to fill out a job search survey and go to several different job search assistance interviews or seminars. If you don't register for CalJOBS or if you do not go to the assigned job search interviews or workshops, you risk being disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits.

You can register for CalJOBS and the other work search assistance programs at your local Workforce Services Office.

Automated Phone System

California EDD offers an automated electronic phone service that is accessible 24/7 for unemployment information, general questions, finding a Job Service office or phone number.

Additional Information & Tips

Sometimes EDD has to confirm some of the details that you give them when you apply for unemployment, and if so, you'll get some extra forms in your mail and you'll have to fill them out and give them some extra information.

Filling Out the Application

Follow these instructions if you're applying for unemployment using the paper form, DE 1101I:

  • You're able to complete the form on-line and print it out, or print a blank form out and fill it out with a pen. When you've filled it out and reviewed it for accuracy, you can mail or fax it to the EDD to be processed.

Follow these instructions if you are applying for unemployment online using the eApply4UI system:

  • If you need additional help, refer to EDD's 'Instructions For Internet Form Entry'.
  • When you do the UI Application you might be requested to enter some dates. You can use any of these different ways to format the dates that you give (M = month, D = day of month, Y = year):
    • MM/DD/YYYY
    • MM-DD-YYYY
    • MM.DD.YYYY
  • If you input your dates in any other format you'll get an error.
  • Don't use the Backspace key on your computer's keyboard when inputting your repsonses on the eApply4UI page.
  • No matter whether you are applying online with eApply4UI or applying via mail using the form DE 1101I to file for unemployment, you should know that it will take up to 10 days to process your application.

Unemployment Office Contact Information

  • Disability Insurance: (TTY) 1-800-563-2441
  • Employment Tax: (TTY) 1-800-547-9565
  • Unemployment Insurance (TTY) 1-800-815-9387
  • Payroll Tax Assistance - 1-888-745-3886

If you have comments, suggestions, or complaints please forward them to: Employment Development Department 800 Capitol Mall, MIC 83 Sacramento, CA 95814

Important Documents

  • DE 429Z - Notice of Unemployment Insurance Award.
  • DE 1101CLMT - Notice of Unemployment Insurance Claim Filed.
  • DE 1275A - Guide to Benefits and Employment Services.
  • DE 4581 - Continued Claim Form.
  • DE 1101I - UI Application (paper application).

Additional Information about California Unemployment:

Didn't find what you're looking for? If you still have questions about California Unemployment, check out the California Unemployment FAQ: California Unemployment FAQ

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# charles e. w. 2010-08-21 17:33
I have not recieved anything in the mail like you said and its been 6 weeks or better.
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# Site Admin 2011-01-30 08:28
If you haven't received anything from EDD in a long time, you should call or otherwise follow-up to find out what the delay is.

Nevertheless, do not let more than one, at most two, weeks pass when you are waiting on something but have not received it.

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# Justin 2012-06-18 14:59
Have emailed twice and have called well over 20 time but keep getting hung up on due to a long wait time? Still have not recieved any paperwork after applying 3 weeks ago. What do I do?

Quoting Site Admin:
If you haven't received anything from EDD in a long time, you should call or otherwise follow-up to find out what the delay is.

Nevertheless, do not let more than one, at most two, weeks pass when you are waiting on something but have not received it.

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# Janine 2013-08-20 18:50
A typical response from yet another unqualified customer service person...Ummm, Oh Smart One, He said *ALREADY* HE CALLED OVER 20 TIMES!!! AAAAND SENT EMAILS.

Responding with telling him to do what he has done over and over again, is just plain ignorance and shows the quality of service we get here in the states...which is not much better than the crap service we get when they give our jobs to people outside of this country. You guys work for the county, get county pay...Now do the work that qualifies you to get this pay!
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# Patrick C 2012-09-18 11:34
I'm very perplexed. I completed a UI form online the day I was laid off on August 9th. 3 weeks later I received a manual form that I immediately completed and mailed that same day. It's now week six and no UI check.

I've called multiple times and the help line simply says it's too busy and call back later and hangs up. That's happened over 10 times. I've also called a 2nd number for off-hours questions. An absolute waste of time. Finally about a week ago I wrote an email to plead my need to find out what was happening.

The message just confirmed what I'd already done. So I know I'm in the system somehow. I'm writing my congress representative today to convey the absolute incompetence of our system. Companies are forced to pay UI for their employees on-time yet there is no receptacle accountability? It has been six weeks, I want to talk to a real person and get this resolved.

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# Karen 2012-11-01 17:19
Did you get it resolved because I am as frustrated as you are. And if they do not send you any money there is absolutly nothing you can you cannot call they will not answer you cannot write or they will just write back with a scripted form letter. It is a joke I would like to know myself who to contact. It is rediculous!
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# Alex 2013-08-04 10:41
Everytime I call EDD I have to keep calling over and over (constantly for at least 2 full days, starting at 7:59am and continuing until they close at 5pm Pacific Time) So basically you have to just hang up and call hang up and call until you get through, I am to the point where I can tell if I'll get through just from the automated voice that answers... Horrible system yes but its what we have to put up with... I hope this helps
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# Karen 2012-11-01 17:13
You cannot call the unemployment office here in california they do not answer or say there are too many callers so call back later, but you never get through. Its very tough like I am sure most of the people on unemployment are aware. But while UE takes its time answereing our questions like more than 10 days if you send an email. We are here with no money and getting further and further behind on our poayments accruing late fees and penalties that untimately we cannot get cought up on because UE has no sence of urgency. It is awful and appauling to think that our taxes pay there wages yet they could care less what happens to us the people.
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# Jeff 2013-04-22 19:56
I'm so sorry you and so many others are dealing with this issue. I have posted some easy-to-follow methods / tricks to get through to California EDD at These tricks have helped thousands get through within only a few minutes of trying them. I hope they work for you as well.
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# Christina 2013-01-14 14:37
Hi I applied for unemployment on December 12, 12 and I have only received the paper that basically says that the EDD department received my information. And now a month later I have yet to hear from them again. I have called multiple times and get no where and I have emailed them twice and no response. The first email was two weeks ago... Can you help?
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# Anna 2013-04-10 13:57
Hi, I recently had a hearing regarding my edd, few days later I recieved my award letter that I now can receive my edd, it has been about a week all ready I have not recieved anything, just want to know how long it will be before I start getting my checks?
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# bernice 2011-11-11 17:53
what days do we get our benfits?
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# Carrie 2012-06-12 17:59
I have been trying to get through on the telephone number to contact a representative regarding my unemployment benefits. I am unable to do this online because I have wages from another state. Any suggestions on how to get through?
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# Susan E. 2010-08-23 13:22
If I move out of state, will I still be eligible for California unemployment benefits?
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# Site Admin 2011-01-30 08:29
Moving does not in itself disqualify you.

You would however apply for benefits in your new state (if you are moving out of state) - and will have to do an interstate claim.

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# Sarina P. 2011-09-07 10:01
How does the interstate claim work? Does the amount you recieve change?
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# Cammy S 2012-07-14 17:36
That is not true, a person collects UI benefits from the original state until the claim ends. Then the person would apply in the new state. A person can not have two claims open in two different states at once.
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# Betty S 2010-09-06 19:58
the word benefits is spelled wrong - see file online on left side. benfits is not right
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# Site Admin 2011-01-30 08:29
thanks for pointing that out.

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# DAVID B. 2010-09-08 20:43
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# Site Admin 2011-01-30 08:31
Make sure all communications like this go to the actual EDD/unemployment office.

This is a private site that is just meant as a resource for people who are unemployed - we can not forward your communications.

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# Fordie R. 2010-09-19 17:51
I retired 9/1/10 with a weekly pension income of $512.50. Do I still complete my EDD reporting form or does this disqualify me for unemployment benefits?

Thank you.
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# Site Admin 2011-01-30 08:32
A pension income doesn't necessarily disqualify you for unemployment benefits.

You unemployment benefit amount, however, will be reduced because of the pension income - and is some cases - it can be reduced to zero.

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# Lisa 2011-03-28 22:22
Why does the State penalize someone already unemployed by not allowing them to collect whatever money they have available, as in a pension?
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# Joanne 2010-10-18 16:32
where can i get claim form?
I got my last benefit check with ending week 10-8-10 but did include claim form
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# Site Admin 2011-01-30 08:36
Here are the EDD unemployment forms that are available online:

If that doesn't have what you need, you should contact EDD:

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# Paul 2010-10-22 17:30
I am eliegible for the maximum payout of UI. that is $450.00 per week. I will receive $1600.00 per month form SS Retirement account. Whta percentage of my UI will I loose.
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# Ed 2010-10-26 15:35
my employer owes me, contractually, a severance paymnet after being let go. They have no offerd to pay over six months. Will this impact my right to receive benefits? If is not enough to live on.
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# Site Admin 2011-01-30 08:39
Severance payments don't automatically disqualify you from receiving unemployment benefits but you will not be able to collect unemployment until the severance payments have ended.

It is best to apply for unemployment with EDD, be sure to tell them in detail about the severance payments - and EDD will let you know when exactly you can begin receiving unemployment payments - and how much they will be.

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# bh 2010-11-01 21:27
would the income from the sale of home made craft items be considered reportable earnings for california unemployment. thank you
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# Thomas B. 2010-11-05 21:32
What could disqualify someone from receiving unemployment benefits? What if an employer claims (wrongly) incompetence, disobedience or some other reason? Would a phone interview be scheduled, and, what other factors can disqualify someone from receiving benefits?
Thank you!
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# Site Admin 2011-01-30 09:43
Generally, being fired for cause will disqualify you from getting unemployment benefits.

Even if your former employer claims they had good reason to fire you - they need to produce proof and/or supporting documentation.

Also - if you get wrongly denied, you can (and should) appeal the decision.

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# Antonio 2010-11-12 11:29
Prior to June 01, 2010 I was receiving uneployment benefits and then the State had a freeze so EDD stopped sending any benefits.Finally On June 19, 2010 I was employed until the weekending October 29, 2010.I was layed off due to Lack Of Work & enforcement of a Reduction In force. Could you advise me via E-Mail as to wheather I am going to continue receiving benefits from my previous claim or is this claim going to be excepted and qualify me to receive benefits again? I know that it has only been about two (2) weeks since I filed, but I'm running out of provisions. Thank You for all your help and assistance. A.E.
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# Mary B 2010-11-14 18:04
Does the State of California have options for filing for benifits other than mail? Online, By phone, or Direct deposit.
If you are leaving the area for a week or 2 at a time to looking for work and you're single without anyone to forward your mail, how do you keep your benifits going so that you can file out your paperwork and return it so that your bills do not get behind because you did not receive your next weeks check?
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# Site Admin 2011-01-30 16:59
Check out EDD Web-Cert:

With this you can do your weekly certification online instead of using the DE 4581 form that you have to mail in.

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# Melissa G 2010-11-17 16:59
I am currently unemployed and receiving unemployment compensation. I have a BS degree in Criminal Justice. I would like to pursue Registered Nursing training. Can I do so while receiving compensation? Would you please let me know under what conditions I can do so? I would be eternally grateful if you could resolve this question. Thank you.
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# Site Admin 2011-01-30 17:00
You should have no problem collecting unemployment while going to school - BUT - you have to be actively looking for a job AND be willing to take a job when offered one.

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# michelle m 2010-11-27 13:32
My claim began on November 14th, my claim form had the week ending the 13th and the week ending the 20th. I was only paid for the week ending the 20th and received a notice saying the week ending the 13th was my waiting period. But, when I filed my claim I was told I wouldn't have a waiting period, since my last claim ended the day before this one opened and all of my previous claim benefits ran out. Should I have been paid for the week ending the 13th?
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# David M. 2010-12-01 14:53
I am checking status of my UNDEREMPLOYED PAYMENTS.
I have submitted CLAIM FORMS each week for the past couple of months and to date I have received one check for $70 + and a second check for $60 + ( In the future I suppose I'm going to have to make copies or write down the amounts received. IN ANY EVENT... I am just curious as to what I might be doing INCORRECTLY on the CLAIM FORMS that has caused the payments to stop....? Thank you, DTM
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# Site Admin 2011-01-30 17:02
Check with EDD on this one.

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# cynthia 2010-12-29 13:53
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# cynthia 2010-12-29 13:56
do i get a check please someone help iam out of state
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# Debbie 2011-01-13 14:51
If I move out of the state, will I still be eligible for California unemployment benefits?
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# Site Admin 2011-01-30 17:02
You have to apply in your state of residence.

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# Tony 2011-08-10 22:09
Wrong. I resigned from my job, moved to Texas from CA and applied to CA EDD for unemployment.. I recently had my phone interview with CA EDD and he did not mention anything about having to apply in Texas.
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# rena 2011-10-24 15:32
yes even if you move out of state after working in ca or any other state you are intitled your unemployment i live in oregon and get my unemployment from ca where i worked
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# matt 2012-03-26 15:33
Hi Rena,

Did you apply with the state of California, or Oregon? If you applied with California did you list your Oregon Address or your California Address?

I'm in a similar situation but I am worried that if I file for UI with california and use my NJ address they will deny my claim.
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# Jaime 2011-01-20 12:52
I receive a certain amount of benefits now...if I get a job that lasts only 3 months, will I get the same amount if I reclaim? Should I keep the claim going and just enter the wages earned in the claim form?

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# Karen 2011-01-20 14:11
I need a copy of my unemployment denial letter I misplaced e-mailed to me I worked for bristol farms lost my job early in jan. 2010
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# joy 2011-01-26 15:29
If a person received unemployment benefits for a year, then got a job but was laid off after two months, would she be eligible for unemployment? The previous year base period would be zero, because of the prior unemployment. Do they go back to a previous year? or is the person out of luck?
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# Site Admin 2011-01-30 17:03
You may still have some income in your base period, or in some cases your previous claim can be re-opened.

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# Allen 2011-12-16 19:01
# Site Admin 2011-01-30 17:03

Has anybody noticed that the last entry by the site admin was almost a year ago? I seriously wonder if they have abandoned this blog...just sayin
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# Site Admin 2011-12-16 19:34
Hi Allen,

I have not abandoned this blog at all. I still answer questions, especially when they haven't been covered somewhere else on the page, or the site.

Thanks for checking in.

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# Kate 2011-02-01 00:16
Is it possible to close my claim that I started in September '10 and start a new claim in February '11 which will give me a different base period and thus more money per week since I earned more money during the base period with a file date of February.
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# Eugene 2011-02-02 22:48
I worked in tenn 6-2010 thru 11-17-2010. I was let go. I continued my ca. claim opened 11-30-2009 I received payments from ca thru 1-2-2011 along with another continued claim to send in as I had in the earlier weeks. no check . I got word 1-22-2011 I now need to file in tenn. Tenn has a 1 week waiting period putting me into feb. I still had over 3,000 left with ca. I lost 1 month of bennefits due to delay in ca. informing me of refiling with tenn. should ca. pay me for the 3 weeks or so lost bennefits. Ca. wrote me and said if tenn denies me ca. will continue my claiom where they left off. please advice
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# Jacqueline 2011-02-07 12:06
End of 2010 we moved from CA becuase it was too expensive to live there, I worked in the state of NV, then was laid off. NV has used an alternative qualifying period and has involved the CA EDD. It has now been over 2 months and NV claims we are waiting on funds requested from CA. I'm out of money entirely, utilities turned off, lost bank accounts and can not survive much longer. Is there a way to contact CA, I've tried but since i do not have a claim through CA I can not get in a phone prompt.
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# jasmine 2011-02-10 23:50
If all benefits have been exhausted will I still be eligible for ctb if I applied before the 99 weeks were up.
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# Anne 2011-02-18 14:19
I received a "Notification of UI Benefits Eligibility Interview" dated 2/11/2011. The date listed for this interview is 2/23/2011. After receiving this notice, I received a "Notice of UI Insurance Award" dated 2/14/2011 as well as a Continued Claim form. Does this mean my application has been granted? Do I still need to call EDD for my interview or has the interview been waved as I received a "Notice of UI Award"? Please advise. Thank you!
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# MM 2011-06-16 02:21
Hello, I'm current in the same position. I have an Edd interview set up for next week. If you wouldn't mind, can you tell me how your interview went?
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# sandra 2012-10-10 00:56
hi i received the same, how did this work out for you?
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# Dawn 2011-02-18 22:42
If you work a PT job in NY State can you still draw UI benefits? When I claim each week it asks if I've returned to work full time, but does not mention PT at all and I was just curious. Thanx!
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# Cp 2011-03-01 14:39
With the economy so bad, after going back to school and not working for a few years I moved to Louisiana for 11 months for a job. I recently moved back to California for a new job, but I'm nervous that they are not going to extend the position to me at the end of my 3 month 'trial' period, or sooner. I've been there one month and am nervous that any day now I may be unemployed again. Will I be eligible for unemployment here in California after only 1 to 3 months? I don't understand the '18 months' referred to in the FAQ's.
Thanks for your assistance!
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# bassiam 2011-02-23 07:34
would i lose my disability payments if i move out of the state ?
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# wg 2011-02-27 11:19
If I am offered a job out of state, am I required to take it?

And if a job is offered and then rescinded, is that still considered a job offer?
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# mm 2012-04-21 20:20
did you get an answer to your out of state question?
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# todd 2011-03-02 19:20
i am receiving UI benefits from a job I was laid off from. I just was approved for an industrial disability retirement from a job before that. Am I still eligible for UI benefits.
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# Bitsey 2011-03-02 20:59
Received unemployment benefits since September 2010. Started school on February 8, 2011. The following week I notified UI of attending school for computer training at Hollywood Worksource Center (EDD Workforce). Was informed that UI will hold my benefits until a determination is made re attending training. Stopped attending training for fear of losing benefits. Had telephone interview on February 24. A determination will be made within 10 business days. What's the worst case scenario? Don't want to lose benefits.
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# Ron R 2011-03-03 17:27
Hello, why is it that your home page seemingly does not have information on the maximum payment that an individual can receive on unemployment? This is the first question on anyone's mind. I have seen numbers that range from $300 a week to $1,700 a month on various websites and in a magazine article or two. Thanks, Ron R
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# Gail F 2011-03-07 20:16
I was out of work for six months because of a back injury, and have now been released by my doctor to go back to work. My previous job in the medical field required training and certification, and paid an excellent salary, but now I can only find part time menial jobs. May I collect EDD benefits because I am working part time and am underemployed?
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# Stupid Jack 2011-03-07 20:53
I was transferred by my company overseas, and then let go. I applied for UI in 2/2011, 6 months after I came back to Ca. I waited for 6 months, and NOW MY BASE PERIOD shows very less income and lots of blank quarters!!! Can I get EDD to adjust my base period? because my maximum benefit was reduced from $22k to $3k and I really need benefits until I find a new job!! Anyone get their Base period adjusted, because they filed really late or for some other reason?
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# Erin 2011-03-10 20:58

I just received a totally blank UI Award Letter. I have an phone interview set up in a few days by them already. Is the Award Letter blank due to EDD still deciding if I qualify for unemployment or not?
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# Porsche 2011-04-08 16:52
I rec'd an award letter showing an amount of $425, however I also have a phone interview scheduled in 6 more days from now. Does this mean there is still a possibility I may not be rec'ving this awarded amount??
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# Sofia 2011-03-16 21:51
I have a few questions about UI eligibility and am hoping you could help as I have not ever filed before.
1.) I have lived in California for one year and 3 months, but do not have a CA license (only a CT one). Will this affect my eligibility to collect unemployment? I did file 2010 tax return as CA resident...
2.) I was employed for 8 months 7/1/10 - 3/1/11 and submitted my claim 3.15.11. According to the chart on their website it seems that my benefit award will be based on my earnings from July, August and September of 2010, correct?

One more question, pertaining to a friend's eligibility:
3.) If she was paid as a 1099 employee, but paid on an hourly basis, could she receive unemployment benefits if she was fired without any misconduct on her behalf? Or are unemployment benefits limited to only those who were W-2 employees?

Thanks, I really appreciate any insight you can provide.
- Sofia
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# James 2011-03-16 21:57
What is the best case scenario timeframe for which one will receive their first unemployment benefit check? Or, on average how long does it take? I know it says to wait for 10 days to receive mail regarding the claim; is it likely that a check will arrive within 10 days or is there typically follow up information/investigation needed after the initial online application is submitted?

Also, what can be done to 'speed' up the process?
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# CHARLOTTE E. 2011-03-18 18:57
My company is closing the end of Sept. 2011 what will be my base period. The reason I would like to know is because I was out on medical leave from December 28,2010 until March 07,2011. How will this effect my base period? Should I wait until October to file my claim?
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# May 2011-05-13 06:39
If you file your claim in Sept 2011, your base period will be Apr 2010-Mar 2011, so you weekly benefits amount will be determined from your highest quarter within that base period. You need to figure out where your highest quarter is at because if you file in Oct, your base period is Jul 2010-Jun 2011. Your medical leave is inevitably calculated in both base periods; therefore, it is up to you to find out which is your highest quarter and to know when to call.
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# Sue 2011-03-22 15:25
Can I get retroactive unemployment? Over 20 years ago I had a seizure while at work. The agency felt I could no longer do my job because I could no longer drive(license taken away due to seizure). My choice was to either quit, and I could get benefits, or get fired, and get no benefits. In shock, and never thought of legal issues at the time, so quit. Have been self-employed and/or unemployed since then due to ongoing disabilities. Have never filed for unemployment, nor disability. Things are difficult now. Any suggestions?
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# Debbie 2011-04-04 09:53
Hello - I filed for unemployment on 4/3/2011. Can you please tell me when I should expect my first check? Thank you!
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# liz 2011-04-05 13:32
Does a award letter mean you WILL receive benefits?
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# mark 2011-04-11 12:13
I have received a "notice of base period change" form from the mail. It is asking me which option (1 or 2) I would like to receive. I have already made a decision and it asks for me to mail to the field office address listed above.

My problem is that there is no field office address printed or stamped on top of the letter. Where would I mail this form? Also there is no enclosed envelope in mail i received.

Thank you
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# Dee 2011-04-13 08:49
my husband and I separated I now have 4 kids to take care of I have no family out here or anyone that can help me their ages are 10, 5, 2 and 4months. I'm in the process of moving out of state to live with my mom so she can help me. And there is not a company out there that I could transfer to. I recently had my phone interview but the interviewer didn't ask many questions how long does it usually take to find out if you were approved or not.
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# Pascual 2011-04-28 23:46
hi i got laid off last wk ago. i used to make 140k per year been with the same company for 3 years working full time 40hrs per wk. how much will i get from unemployment per week? will the benefits be tax-free or they'll deduct federal and state taxes from the payout? thanks
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# May 2011-05-13 06:46
If you make $140k and it's evenly distributed every quarter, then you should theoretically receive $450 weekly. You have the option of deducting money or not for tax purposes when you fill out your claim form. Regardless of what you decide, you'll still have to report this as income on your tax return.
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# Amer 2011-05-09 13:50
If I am residing in a state outside CA but am working over the internet for a company based in California, where do I apply for benefits if I get laid off? Through the CA EDD (over the internet? on the phone?), or thru my home state's version of EDD? If the employer challenges my claim, is it possible to defend my claim from out of state? Thanks for any info.
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# JORGE 2011-05-12 03:28
If I am currently receiving CA benefits and living in CA, and I decide to move to Maryland? would I still be able to collect unemployment? If so, what would I need to do, and what would be the best day/time to fly in order to not lose any pay.
One more question, does EDD automatically set up a phone interview when someone moves out of state?
Thanks in advance
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# May 2011-05-13 06:50
You can still collect CA EDD if you move to MD. You need to call and inform them of your address change; however, I do not know whether they will set up a phone interview, but most likely they'll tell you when you call them about your address change.
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# JORGE 2011-05-13 16:27
Thank you. Also, does anyone know if the extensions would apply to anyone who moves out of state? Thanks again
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# Lester 2011-12-28 16:04
yes, extensions still apply for anyone living anywhere in the US
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# May 2011-05-13 06:21
How does EDD figure out my benefit amount? By this, I mean, does EDD use the dates I actually worked and the pay that corresponds to that OR does EDD use the date that I actually got paid on?
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# She 2011-05-16 22:35
If I am military and a resident of tx, but will be living in california once I am finished working in the military, will i qualify for CA benifits or would I have to be a resident of CA?
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# Sandy 2011-05-17 03:32
I just realized that I forgot to register at within 21 days of my notice date. I've been so frantic, looking for jobs everywhere I can that I forgot about this site. I had already been registered from the last time I received unemployment about two years ago. Will this definitely affect my eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits? I was about a week late. Thank you.
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# julie 2011-05-29 14:17
if i received a pension, but it has been rolled over to an IRA how do I report that on my original claim?
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# mike 2011-05-31 19:20
I was involuntarily release by the military due to total years of service. I notice on this web site that pensions may or maybe be deductible from benefits, is a military retirement deductible from benefits, I think technically it is actually a retainer versus a retirement.
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# Jasmine 2011-06-02 14:36
Hello, I recently got laid off, prior to that i was working full time and going to school full time. Will going to school full time make me ineligible to collect unemployment?
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# Dean 2011-06-05 10:18
will working for a few hours and getting paid as a extra on a movie or tv series cause for EDD terminating my benefits? Let's say it was a 14 hr day and I got paid $8 per hr.
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# julie 2011-06-20 19:14
Can you collect unemployment if you have been laid off and are on a umployment extension while attending a 6 wk summer class? The class does meet during the day for 1 1/2 hrs on m and w and 4 hours during the day on twth. I am actively looking for work and would be more than willing to drop my class to accept a job offer.
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# Armando 2011-06-25 00:46
A friend of mine recieved a letter from Edd with a phone interview scheduled to discuss subjects regarding eligibility for UI benefits. Those subjects that are being questioned are: Not mailing your claim form within the required time limits. When did you mail your claim form? Why did you send it in after the return date shown on the form? I would like to know why is sending in your claim form late a reason to question eligibility? Is there an acceptable reason and or an unacceptable reason for sending your claim form in after the return date shown on the form? Can benifits be terminated for not mailing your claim form within the required time limits? If so, why? If the reason for mailing it later than the date shown is simply irresponsabilit y and being unorganized by not keeping track of the date, and that resulting from one being ill and certain days unable to be physically active what will be Edd decision for benifit eligibility? What information and actions exactly will Edd require and proceed to determine UI benefit eligibility? How long will it take to determine further UI benefit elegibility? I don't understand how mailing a claim form late should terminate benefits if it already penalizes the person by their payment coming late as a result to their irresponsabilit y. I would really appreciate it if you could please assist me in answering my questions regarding this situation.Thank you kindly.
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# Lee Lee 2011-06-25 06:46
I went for a job interview only to discover it is a weekend job at a crisis type hot line center with an 18 day work day for Friday and Sat. and possibly getting off at Midnight or early morning hours, which I don't feel is safe to drive the streets in my neighborhood and 18 hours are very long for a days work. Can they make a person work 18 hours and is this legal? This would not even give you a full nights rest.
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# ROSA 2011-07-15 20:47
I have only worked 7 months in the last 18. Am I eligible.
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# Irene 2011-07-18 21:53
What if my company is relocating and we will be given our notice soon. But they are firing people who are calling in sick, if this is the case can we file for unemployment and get benefits? There is only 3 of us left in our department, they can't close til we leave .
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# cali 2011-07-22 12:53
I went on a volunteer trip from jan - july 2010. i started working march of 2011 and got laid off. will i be able to collect unemployment in CAlifornia?
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# July 2011-07-22 23:45
I was laid off 2 days ago. I have been in school since March 2011 (Mon 2-5:30 and Wed 9:30-1:00). The school considers the vocational program full time. The classes are not in my current field. Will this disqualify me for CA UI benefits? I have searched multiple forumns and have not found a clear answer. I am willing to switch to their self paced online program. I am also willing to quit the program altogether if going to school disqualifies me. What do I need to do to ensure I will receive benefits?
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# Pammi 2011-07-25 12:45
I have been unemployed since 6-8-10 and recently received a new claim award letter beginning 6-5-11 and ending 6-2-12. It states: "to qualify for this claim you must meet further elibibility requirements. "You will receive additional information on what to do to qualify". Rec'd this letter on 6-22-11 but still haven't rec'd anything additional. What do I do now?
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# George 2011-07-29 12:21
I was recently laid off (buisness closed down). For my first continued claim form it has two weeks on it. the first week I had still been working for 4 days and made $866. The problem is that is part of the last 3 weeks of pay that my company has not and will be uncapable of paying. how is this going to effect my unemployment benifit. I really need the money since i havent been paid in a month.
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# Juan 2011-08-09 00:48
im receiving benefits but as today I received a potinal overpayment ..I was called back to my job for 2weeks I didn't claim it cuz I knew I would be laid of after those to week this was last month after that I received 1 edd check and now this notice so I was over paid 655.00..I got ten days to respond how soon will they deduct it from my check or will they stop my benefits.? Or do they wait for me to respond to take action...thank u
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# JM 2011-08-09 13:21
How/where do I find out when my unemployment benefits will end? I've been on unemployment for the last 4 months, and I've tried calling the contact info for UI, but I can never get through the automated messages. I want to know when I'll stop receiving benefits, so I can do some financial planning.
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# Dave 2011-08-09 14:45
I sent my claim Saturday night at 6pm July 30. With a new address marked and written on the designated spot. I checked to see if my claim was paid on Tuesday august 2 it is August 9th and I still haven't received my check at my new address. How long does it take to receive my check? Can I go to the office to get another one? Please advise...
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# Frank Reyes 2011-08-12 10:09
Can I collect unemployment in California if I'm a student in Texas? I'm about to move out to Texas and I'm not sure if I should cancel my unemployment.
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# alden allen 2011-08-19 14:24
i live in ca and are planning to move to utah..can i still collect my unemployment
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# alden allen 2011-08-19 14:25
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# Michael Booker 2011-08-22 16:29
I work for Xerox The housing autority requires a backround check. There are items on my DMV however i am not required to drive. They tell me it will be a terminiation. Will i still be eligible for unemployment. I have been with the company 3 years and 8 months
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# samantha 2011-08-28 17:06
Getting close to end of extentions on ui. My doctor says that I am technically, disabled. Can you apply for disability benes straight from ui?
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# KJ 2011-09-03 23:46
I have been accepted to an MBA program that requires me to spend one semester in France. How do I communicate with EDD while away (I realize I'm not eligible for benefits while out of the country) and how do I put a temporary hold on my benefits until I return in January?
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# James 2011-09-10 02:36
Hello- A friend of mine is currently receiving UI benefits. He would like to know if he goes on a trip overseas, does this affect his eligibility or should he just file either online or over the phone for the time is going to be gone and not report it at all to EDD that he wont be in the states? I beleive he is planning on going for 3-4 weeks. Thanks in advance
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# Lester 2011-12-28 15:33
He (or you?) is not eligible. You must be available to work in order to receive UI benefits. If you go overseas, you will not be available, hence not eligible.
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# Doreen 2011-09-15 14:36
My former employer just asked me to work for 5 weeks begining next week. Since I am currently receiving unemployment benefits how will 5 weeks of employment impact my unemployment claim ? Will I be able to continue my claim at the current benefit level if my claim is based on wages for the quarter ending Sept. 2010.
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# Lester 2011-12-28 15:38
After your temp work, you can resume collecting UI as long as your claim has not expired (one year). If or when a new claim is opened, then it will be based on the last year of work which will now include your 5 week temp assignment.
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# chand 2011-09-19 19:52
i filed a claim form and they send a form saying that my check is going to be delayed for 10days because i answered something wrong. so,im trying to get hold of them but i cant. may i please get the number of customer services?
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# Mako 2011-09-27 18:07
A person I know is receiving unemployment checks, however, he is self employed and has been for 20 years. Is it possible to draw unemployment working for himself?
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# Dave 2011-10-17 22:09
Why are we still using the U.S Postal Service to mail our claim forms each 2 week cycle rather than using E-Mail?
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# Ty 2011-10-21 14:44
How long does it take to receive the 1st continued claim form in the mail after receiving the award letter?
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# GG 2011-11-06 01:57
If I am partially employed after obtaining EDD, why is my new employer paying from their security fund fro my EDD?
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# Susan 2011-11-14 04:43
Does a pollworker stipend (I worked 11/8 elections) have to be claimed on the EDD claim form -- that is, will my benefit be reduced by the amount I receive for being a volunteer at the elections?
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# Jorge 2011-11-21 00:02
Hello- I would like to know what happens when someone changes their address within the same state. I am planning on moving from LA county to Riverside county, however I dont know if they stop paying you or if they continue paying normal. Thank you
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# Lester 2011-12-28 15:56
you will still get paid, dont worry...its a state and even a fed thing.
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# Sam 2011-11-21 18:34
I am currently receiving money from EDD Unemployment Insurance. If I am going out of the country for about one month. What do I need to do? Do I need to complete the EDD Unemployment Insurance Continued Claim form? How should I fill out the EDD Unemployment Insurance Continued Claim form? Thank you.
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# Lester 2011-12-28 15:55
Yes. Continue filling out the claim form and mark off that you were not available for work. You obviously will not be paid for those weeks.
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# Ashley 2011-11-23 14:18
I live in Texas I am receiving UI from California. I moved because my husband got relocated to an Army Base out her. I was granted UI. Thank You! My question is...If i was thinking about going back to school would CTB pay for this or do I need to register with Texas Workforce? Also I registered with caljobs but there are no jobs on caljobs for Texas. How does EDD track this? I know they tell you to register with Local Workforce and I did but does this mean at some point i will need to apply for UI out here? One more, I registered with CalJobs long time ago and it has my maiden name will i really need to call to get my name changed for Caljobs purpose(even if that system does not help me in Texas).
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# Lester 2011-12-28 15:51
You're welcome.
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# John V 2011-11-28 14:01
I was awarded unemployment benefits a few months ago. Regretably I failed to send in the claim form and then made it worse by never following up on my claim. Is there anything I can do to at this point to still be able to receive any benefits?
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# Lester 2011-12-28 15:50
wait a year till you claim ends, and then open a new one.
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# MACK 2011-11-29 19:02
How do i determine my weekly benefit amount? I need to know the amount i get if i don't have any hours for to weeks of work.
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# Alexis 2011-11-30 13:11
I received something in the mail saying I had to have another phone interview about why I quit my job. I am already receiving benefits and I did not quit my job I was let go did I most likely fill something out wrong on my original application or did my past employer file something saying I quit? I am confused by this. Thanks for your help
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# Lester 2011-12-28 15:49
Your employer is saying you quit. You will need to get the company's HR dept or your old boss on the phonel, along with the person from EDD who is interviewing you and sort it out. It sounds like your old company does not want to pay for your UI though.
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# Christina 2011-11-30 14:18
I've been assigned a temp job for 2-3 weeks and would like to close my claim for that time period. What do I need to do?
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# Lester 2011-12-28 15:47
why would you want to close your claim? Once your temp job is over, you will have to open a new one - which I assume will be a lot less. Just fill out your claim for the two weeks saying you worked.
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# trisha 2011-12-04 01:24
i got my award letter, but it doesn't show what i will be receiving just all zero's like in the sample award letter they show on the website. shows when my claim started and my claim ending. why doesn't it show what i will be getting??
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# Nikki 2011-12-07 15:34
I filed my unemployment claim and received my award letter, I also sent in my first two weeks claim form. It has been over a week and I have still not received a payment. I have also NEVER received a debit card which I heard was what in used in lieu of a check. Can you please explain why I have never received a payment nor the debit card?
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# Adam 2011-12-07 21:07
I received an overpayment letter from EDD stating that: Benefits were paid under your Federal Extension claim @ $411 per week before it was known that you qualified for a new claim @ $93 per week. I turned in all my work info whenever I was able to find work. How is this my fault?
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# Pattylo 2011-12-09 02:45
Hi, last Friday i called EDD because my money was not deposit into the bank while investigating the reason of my check not received, I asked the representative that I wanted to know if they had any programs that could send me to school since i have not been able to get a gob, he told me to go ahead and check the attending training box, which i did and now they stopped my check due to that box being checked. Now they told me that if i don't qualify they will discontinue my benefits, but I asked a question regarding classes, but I'm not attending school. What can I do?
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# Maria 2011-12-14 20:08
I haven't received my continue claim DE 4581 and it's been almost a month. I can't get through when I call. What can I do? And what would the reasons be why I haven't received it? Thank you
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# Lester 2011-12-28 15:44
call a different number. None of us here work for the EDD.
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# Daniel M 2011-12-25 16:21
HI i filed my claim began 12/11/2011 i worked from 7/25/2011 - 10/31/2011 earning $ 7,821 on the chart it says i would get roughly $275-300 because i earned some in october but a few days ago i received my benefit award letter and it says i will receive $74.00 because it says i earned $1,890.90 in june 2011 which i never was employed then so why does it say this will i still get 275-300 or the 74 and why does it say i worked in june and that was my highest earning quarter???
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# Lester 2011-12-28 15:43
Learn how to write a complete sentence, then maybe someone will answer. Your posting is unintelligible.
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# Alex 2011-12-27 22:16
I received an overpayment notice checked my records and I indeed was overpaid so I did not dispute and am asking for a payment plan because i can not pay it all back at once. Does EDD inform your employer that you were overpaid...i dont want to lose my job due to this.
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# Lester 2011-12-28 15:40
no they dont. Has nothing to do with your current employer
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# Marie 2012-01-11 02:50
I want to know what happens to people that are collecting from EDD for 2 months and then they find a new job and lets say they get laid off again within that week or in one month. Can they collect again or do they lose their benefits with edd? Or can they reopen the assisting claim? What is the best day to contact EDD by phone? I have been calling the office every day and I get a voice mail to call later and i get disconnected. Can you please let me know what you recommend I do to get a quick responds to questions I may have? Thank you in advance for your help,
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# John 2012-01-19 19:32
If you work for some time and then get laid off, you can apply again for unemployment giving them your recent employer information. Depending on when you opened your original claim, that will determine if you will continue your current claim, or if they will open a new claim. A claim is valid for 1 year from the date opened. This happened to me as well, I opened a claim in August 2010, worked from Nov. 2010-May 2010. When I applied for unemployment in May 2010, they reopened my claim from August because it hadnt been a year yet, and I continued to receive benefits from that claim.
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# Marie 2012-01-11 14:11
what happens if you are on unemployment and then you get a contracting job and then they laid you off after only working one month or more can you collect again from EDD or do you have to submit a new claim?
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# mark 2012-01-13 02:06
if im currently employed & i get a demotion & drastic pay cut (even though the company is growing) and have to move about 40 miles away cuss cost of living, do i qualify for unemployment?
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# John 2012-01-19 19:28
Unemployment benefits is only when you are NOT working or are partially working. I dont think having a cut in pay will qualify you for benefits. You can try to apply but i doubt that you will get any benefits.
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# Melanie 2012-01-14 05:14
When should I get my 1099 for tax filing purposes???
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# Chacon 2012-01-15 00:45
If I had to resign from my job due to my husbands military duty change station to 29 palms, and in 3 weeks to Okinawa Japan, will I still be able to qualify for unemployment benefits? I applied and I have an interview scheduled with questions as to why I had to leave job? Does this mean I don't qualify because we will be stationed in a whole other country?
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# ashley 2012-01-18 13:36
I live in California in Napa ca and i am considering moving in June but don't know if i can have it transferred and if so how do i do it.if im moving June when should i start my paperwork to have it transferred so i have it their when i get their.
I also am still waiting for my first check to come. they left out my wages and other info and i wrote them online asking them to fix it, i received an email saying they would fix it and still haven't received anything. i can never get through to the unemployment office. HELP
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# Alicia 2012-01-19 13:47
I always file my continued claims form via web-cert and generally I receive my payment withing 3 days. I filed the claim form on Sunday, it's now thursday. The only difference on my claim form is that I said I started school. Are they going to stop sending me payments because I'm going to school? The reason I'm going to school is so that I am able to get a good job. Most good jobs require a degree. Oh, and my schooling is all done online so it wouldn't affect my availability or willingness to work. What should I do?
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# John 2012-01-19 19:26
If you put that you started going to school, they automatically stop paying you until they speak with you about your school plans. You should get a letter in the mail with an interview appointment with a date and time in which you have to be available because that is when they will call you on the phone number you gave them when you filed your claim. During the interview they will ask you about your plans and they will determine if you are still eligible for benefits at that time. As far as I know, if you are going to school even if its online, that will disqualify you from benefits. Good Luck!
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# Singlemommy 2012-01-20 14:09
I mailed my form out on Saturday January 14 2012, it is now Friday the 20th. I haven't received my benefits in my edd card, I also haven't received a letter in the mail regarding this delay! I have payments scheduled for today, now I'm going to be paying the late fees. I understand Monday was a holiday (MLK) is anyone else experiencing this delay?? I'm just getting stressed out!! And the customer service lines don't answer it's an automated message saying they can't answer any calls and it just hangs up.. If anyone knows anything please reply...
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# JOSCELYN 2012-02-02 19:09
hello!!!!sameth ing happening to me. i field for on 01-11-12 and as of now still no letter from them. worst of all is im pregnant and its been hard for me to find a new job. i hope we can get some help soon. good luck to you.
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# Renata 2012-01-21 16:50
Hi, I have been collecting ui for some time now. and i have had to go to appeals court three times now. so my claim froms are still catching up to now, and i just got a form where they checked the box if i am looking for work. so i know i have to fill out the section b on the back, but i dont remember what jobs i had applied to( back three months) so what should i write ???
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# H. Alexandra 2012-01-22 23:47
Hi, thanks for having this service available! I cannot find answers on the EDD site or other forums. I have been collecting benefits on a claim that runs out in 10/12 (no extensions yet). I have recently taken on some part-time work on a 1099 basis (I work odd hours, from my own office and some hours spent on site with them) with a company that cannot afford to hire me full time. How do I report this income, which is paid once a month? And how does it affect my benefits? I get the full award 0f $450/wk but cannot live on it. Thank you so much for some timely help!
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# lorenzo 2012-01-23 22:46
is it true that if i don't open my unemployment each year i loose the benefits of that certain year?
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# Nancy 2012-01-24 02:06
I've been notified that my current job will end on Feb. 10. I will file for unemployment on that day (I'm working less than full-time). Before I learned about the job ending, I planned and paid for a vacation trip to visit family in England (several weeks in June-July). Can I suspend my EDD payments for the weeks I'm gone and resume them when I return? If so, how do I do this? Can it be done without calling the EDD (notoriously difficult to reach)? Thank you!
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# John 2012-01-25 03:46
I claimed unemployment in 2009 and worked through late December 2010 when I had to quit due to transportation issues. I have since then started two businesses of my own as sole proprietorships and both are registered to my name; I haven't made substantial profit from either. I recently began a seasonal job and know I will be getting laid off in April; I currently work around 20 hrs weekly. Would having these businesses registered to me disqualify me for UI? And if I were to qualify, what would my base period be since I had no earnings in 2011?
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# Narb 2012-01-25 21:44
Hi, i refilled for an extension and they had mailed my paper work to my house that i need to send back. my mom never told me the paper work was here until i found out today (1-25-12). the papers say i must return by today. can i get the papers signed and sent out, or do i need to call and have them send out again? also will i even qualify for the extension since i missed the deadline to send the paperwork back? please help...

thank you in advance
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# cheryl 2012-01-27 12:22
I am moving to Nevada, but will be working in California. when i am laid off, do i file with CA or NV?
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# Budlytman 2012-03-13 16:56
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# Cat 2012-01-30 14:31
If I just got layed off because business is slow. And from my calculation, I should wait until April 2012 to file for unemployment, in order to get my highest based earning, whis is from Jan 11' - Dec 11'.

Would it be a problem if I waited a month before I filed?
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# brock 2012-01-30 21:11
I usually wait my two weeks the call well I called this week and it was my last week on my current claim and so I certified .my question is since I waited a week to call will I lose that week on my extention or will it be there
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# Debra 2012-01-31 16:30
Can I file for California State Unemployment for being laid off after my short term disability runs out?
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# Ian 2012-02-01 15:45
I am military veteran who involuntarily separated from the service due to reduction in force. I am originally from southern California, and i have been stationed in Virginia for the past several years. I plan on staying here for a few more years to finish my degree, and I was wondering if I can still collect CA unemployment insurance benefits since I'm a CA resident?
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# Miguel 2012-02-08 03:41
i went out of town and when i came back i had the Continued Claim Form, DE 4581. then i saw the date i had to return it by and is said by 1-15-12. i didnt get back into town until the 30th n i sent it on the 31st of january. will my claim be dropped??
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# barb 2012-02-25 06:20
I am trying to do someones taxes and they received unemployment but not the tax document to file. Who should they call to get another sent or at least get the info on it. They only collected unemployment for 3 months. Thank you
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# hkvanhart 2012-02-29 14:13
Can you continue to collect unemployment if you start school, but are still looking and available for full time employment? I can't find a straight answer anywhere and don't want to sign up for school and then not be able to afford my bills while I'm job hunting.
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# Nikki 2012-03-01 17:19
i applied for UI in early feb, got the award letter, mailed it back, submitted all other forms requested and did my phone interview its now march. how much longer until i know if i'm going to receive benefits.
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# Carol 2012-03-02 20:20
I am currently receiving CA unemployment from EDD but want to move to Nevada. My occupation is such that I am applying for jobs in different states and it will be a lot cheaper to live in NV instead of CA until I find something. I cannot get through to the EDD phone number to ask this question.
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# Budlytman 2012-03-13 16:54
Just fill out the change of address form on your claim form. I also live out of state and am receiving my benefits. You must continue to actively seek employment!
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# Keith 2012-03-03 12:41
I work at multiple part time jobs. How do i report more than one job in a reporting period on my continued claim form?
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# Andrew 2012-03-05 17:54
My unemployment award is the max offered weekly, however based on the total award amount in the letter I received, $11,250, my benefits will run out 6 months from now. Do I need to re-apply at that time? Or once that runs out will I have no more benefits? I have been employed and paid in to unemployment for 16 years so why is my award amount so low?And why will it not extend the entire 52 weeks?
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# Budlytman 2012-03-13 16:52
After 26 weeks it will be extended. You will receie directions if it is not automatic. And no you didnt pay anything into unemployment ins it was fully paid by your employer.
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# Sue 2012-03-08 07:22
I have been receiving benefits for 5 mos. and conducting an extensive job search. There is a possibility a job may come through, but the startup date may be a month away. If I get the job, do I continue mailing my forms until I actually begin so I'm not left penniless while I await starting? If so, do I say I'm continuing to look on the extended form? Thanks!
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# AP 2012-03-08 14:14

I am currently on unemployment extension, and one FT job that I interviewed for is asking if I would be interested in helping them out on a 4 week project on a contract basis. They want to see how well I fit in and it *may* lead to a full-time position.

I am wondering if it is possible to put my unemployment benefit on a temporary hold for the 4 weeks that I am working on this contract, and how I resume it if it doesn't lead to a job immediately afterwards?

Is taking a 4 week contract jeopardizing my unemployment benefit going forward if a FT job doesn't result?

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# Budlytman 2012-03-13 16:49
Keep mailing in your claim forms and state how much you made per week. If the job doesnt work out reflect it on your claim forms and your benefits will resume.
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# OCJOE 2012-03-12 23:32
Hello, I applied for benefits, and got back my claim form to mail back with a date of Sunday 3/18. Do I drop it in the mail Sunday (which is a no mail day) the day before, or the day after. As the EDD is a tedious service, I don't want to risk any delay or DQ.
Thank you
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# Budlytman 2012-03-13 16:46
Dude. Im sorry but that is a dumb question. Why would it matter if you dropped it into a blue mailbox, took it too the post office, or put it in your mailbox? Its not going to move until tomorrow no matter what you do with it!!!
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# GP 2012-03-14 13:32
I mistakenly reported too much income on my EDD filing. How do I correct this?
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# chris 2012-03-15 13:04
i can not find my DE 429Z i was wondering how i can get a copy of it some how and how do i go about getting it?
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# Budlytman 2012-03-18 19:41
Go to website and type forms in the search window
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# Steven 2012-03-15 15:44
If I'm currently living in California and working part time hours working under 40 hours a week am I still elgible for Unemployment? And to qualiy for Unemployment wat is the total amount money you can't make over to be elgible in California? ??
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# mitchell 2012-03-23 11:05
if i except a job at 250 per week and my unemplyment benifits are 327.00 per week. will unemployment make up the rest to equal 327.00 per week??
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# Ely 2012-03-23 17:40
I am laid off effective 3/30/2012 due to all CA redevelopment agencies dissolution. I am filing for unemployment April 1,2012. How will this be affected if I apply for retirement and receive my monthly pension? Please clarify this because I will be entitled to a very small amount of work pension since I only worked for the agency for 5 years. Can I still receive my unemployment benefits together with my retirement pension? Can I apply for both? For how long? I am also getting a meager amount from my social security.
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# joe 2012-03-27 10:57
I got laid off and filed my claim with edd.I got one payment before my employer told edd I quit with no good reason,which was a lie.I filed an appeal,but now I will not get anymore payments till my case is heard eventhough I still send in claim forms.This hurts me a lot,what can I do other than wait for several months to be heard.Not fair when people really need help and the edd cuts you off. thanks joe
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# RPM 2012-03-29 14:02
I am retiring from the military soon and I can not get a straight answer if I will receive unemployment after I leave the military. I have 2 friends who are and were drawing it however EDD reps stated that they should not have due to receiving a pension would offset the unemployment. However EDD reps also state to go ahead and file anyways. So my question is will I recieve unemployment after I retire from the military.
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# Fred 2012-04-12 13:28
I recently reached the end of my first year, waiting for 2nd Fed Extension. All along, at the top of my forms, were the words "claim expires 3-17-12", which was about 1 year after I filed. Was told that I didn't need to do anything. I received confirmation that my extension was granted and got my continued claim forms--which I returned. When it was time to receive payment, I got a letter saying "You are potentially eligible to file a new claim effective 3-18-12. We need your correct last employer info and last date worked before claim can be filed and any payments issued." WTF? Am I supposed to go online and fill in the whole claim form again? If they could just be clear what they need and how to go about it I would have no problem. Money is now a week overdue and I can't get through on the phone (big surprise). HELP, please!
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# don 2012-04-24 04:56
I am only 51 and collect a retirement pention after 31 years with contra costa county. am i entiled to unemployment ?
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# Helen 2012-05-01 21:11
I am collecting unemployment, just recently, and I was given a job as a substitute. However jobs are hard to get so they are few and far between. My question is that I live in another state and I have worked only 2 half days that equal about 112.00, am I going to be penilized for working as a substitute and will they take my benefits away? Or do I just claim it on the form? I do not want any issues because they are not guarenteed work all the time. Thanks.
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# Priscilla 2012-05-09 04:32
I filed for unemployment on 04-27-12, got Notice of Unemployment Insurance Award on 05-03-12. It said the claim starts 04-22-12. The Award amount was $0 because I put down the wrong SSN. I talked to EDD on the phone on 05-07-12. They said they will mail Amended Award letter, which I'm waiting for. I still haven't received Continued Claim Form DE4581CTO, which I need to certify for benefits. Will my 1 week waiting period start on 04/29/12, or 05/07/12 or it hasn't started yet? When will be my first week of receiving benefits?
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# RachelRachel 2012-06-04 16:54
Earlier this year I was on unemployment for about 6 weeks. and received unemployment (at a very low rate). I then had a 9 week job and am back on unemployment. If they re-calculated my benefit year I would be eligible for a much higher payment. Do they do that, or am I stuck at the lower rate?
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# Kay 2012-06-19 19:02
I lost my job 2 years ago...found a job last summer and was let go after a month. I haven't been receiving any benefits since then. And now, I received a "NOTICE OF NEW WORK SEARCH REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (EUC) PROGRAM" stating that I've received this notice because I have an EUC extension on order to receive EUC benefits, I must continue to meet all UI eligibility criteria for weeks starting after the mail date (6/11/12). I'm just lost here. I tried contacting EDD, but it's just impossible to get through the line. Does this mean that I'm eligible?? Do I need to re-apply? What do I need to do?
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# Frank 2012-06-29 14:14
I'm in the same boat. I've tried getting through on the phone lines all week long, 30 hours worth of calling and can't get through. I finally got pissed off and wrote something but I bet it takes them a few weeks to get back to me, if at all. The last time I typed something out, I never got a response. My notice has the same wording and the same mail date as yours. I waited the 10 days but the form still hadn't come in so I started calling.
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# GaryL 2012-06-20 15:37
My employer is going through a work force reduction. They have incentivised us to leave voluntarily with an Early Retirement Plan.
If I take this "buyout" will I be eligible for UI payments while seeking other work. Just looking for "guidance" I realize decisions are case by case.
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# RosieS 2012-06-28 15:41
I opened a claim on 5/29/12. My interview was on June 13th 2012. I mailed in my continued claim form on June 17th. My question is how soon will I receive my first payment. Or how soon will I know my status..????
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# FA 2012-06-29 20:36
I am currently receiving CA UI benefits, but am contemplating a move out of state. Can I claim benefits from out of state and if so, how? If not, can I have those benefits (perhaps not in full) transferred to the state I relocate to?

I just finished my first claim, have begun my second, and have 2 others remaining.
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# jonathan 2012-07-03 19:50
I was set up to get fired by a supervisor. I filed 6-19-2012. When should I expect to get anything in the mail please respond.
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# Sammy 2012-07-08 11:14
If the X is marked on your claim form for the job search can you still file through webcert?
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# MPM 2012-07-10 02:30
I was wondering if I need to report my cash bonus to EDD for that week I got it? All my people at the IRS say they never reported it because it's a bonus.
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# Nicole 2012-07-20 11:19
Does moving from one city in California to another city disqualify us for unemployment? Both my husband and I were laid off and we had to sell our home because we could no longer afford it. We are moving approximately 2 hours from our current city where housing is more affordable.
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# crystal 2012-07-24 12:44
if i apply for edd on frienday and its now tuesday when will i here something ? how do i know i will get it do they mail something or call?? please help me!
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# Adrian 2012-08-02 18:09
ok i have a question, i have been collecting unemployment for about 6-7 months now and i noticed that on my award amount i only have enough for about 3 weeks, can i get an extension or will i just run out, also my ending benifit date is still untill feb of 2013. can i get en extension?
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# Colleen B 2012-08-14 22:51
I was approved for unemployment but sent my continued claim form in late, now I have a phone interview to discuss it tomorrow. However, there is another two weeks for 7/15-7/29 that I have not received any continued claim form for and the online system, EDD wed cert is not allowing me fill out the information for those weeks. I believe I was already supposed to send in the information for the second claim for for the second two week period but have not received anything. Is there any way I can be ineligible for ALL unemployment benefits because I sent the first claim form in later or would I just be possinly ineligible for the first two weeks?
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# E moore 2012-08-21 17:41
I recieved a date in the mail for the unemployment eligibility interview for today between 1-3 but recieved no call
What do I do
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# mike 2012-08-22 15:34
I have received. Only one payment and I am waiting on the next one. I've called everyday for the last 2 weeks over and over again
And can't get through. What's my next step. I'm in need it has been well over a month and a half. What's next.
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# Marie 2012-08-23 23:55
My edd Claim started in April. I have been receiving benefits since then at $380.00 a week. I would Like to enroll in the California training program. If I get approved then what happens to my claim amount? Am I only entitled to 26 weeks from april?
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# Pam 2012-09-15 16:23
If I have an opportunity to earn money for work on a weekend that is not the same type work I was doing when employed (not my field/occupation) do I report that income? It would be a one time job that does not intefere with my ability to apply or accept full time work and again is not my full-time career field.

Also when we report income what happens to the balance of our unemployment benefits? Does earning income still mean our total benefit is reduced as though we are paid by the state?
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# MARCOS 2012-09-20 18:24
if i have been working for a corporation for 23 yrs and have paid into UI all along, can I still collect UI if I am an officer of a S corporation where I do not take any income salary, only pay an employee.
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# Mike 2012-09-30 18:48
I need a copy of my denial letter. How do I get this? Thx. Mike
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# Tracy 2012-10-02 15:59
I have filled out the on-line form for UI distribution. I have not received anything via mail or email regarding any update on my qualifications. I keep calling the number only to be told there are too many people already in the queue and I'm hung up on.

I need to talk to a person to find out where I am in the system and what to do next. This is frustrating and no one seems to want to help. How do I find out if I'm approved, need an interview, and where in the process I fall?

thank you.
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# Sandra 2012-10-04 13:51
I am currently receiving a monthly pension from a quadro filed against my ex-husband's pension account when I divorced. Does this reduce my unemployment benefits? If so, should I stop the monthly payment before filing for unemployment benefits?
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# Nish 2012-10-08 21:10
I attended school for the last 2 years and found a job in August. I am afraid that I may be laid off soon. I am wondering if I qualify for unemployment after only working full-time for 3 months?
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# camille 2012-10-09 01:11
I know someone who has been living in AZ over a year and is still collecting CA unemployment. Isn't that fraud?
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# camille 2012-10-09 01:14
I know someone who has been living in AZ for over a year and is still collecting CA unemployment. Isn't that fraud?
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# Angela 2012-10-23 14:38
Hi there, I filed for unemployment at the beginning of this month because my employer no longer needed my services. I have received an award letter but nothing with a phone interview. Is it possible that they don't need to interview me or does EVERYONE get interviewed? I have already registered with Cal jobs and did my online webcert. It is already the 23rd, should i have expected something already??
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# Elizabeth 2012-10-31 15:17
I just moved her from Iowa where i am receiving unemployment. I was told by Iowa that I need to register in Ca. How do I do that? Do I go to a site and sign up or wha?. Please Help.
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# Judy 2012-11-02 12:25
I moved here a month ago from texas and applied for unemployment from there and I was told I had to register here in California and I believe I did ..I apply for jobs almost daily How do I let Texas know that I am applying for jobs I have the posting numbers and dates I applied but they aren't seeing that I did..Am I suppose to go to the CalJob site to apply only?
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# Jenn 2012-11-07 13:11
I tried to file online and received a message to call when I answered:
1. my employer did not give me the employment documentation - is this stopping me? Is there legal action to be taken?
2. i have earnings from another state - my wages earned in CA qualify me - can I apply online without calling?

I've tried calling for days, and receive a recorded message that there no one is available to help and I'm disconnected. It is frustrating to be told to call a number and than unable to speak with someone.
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# Julie 2012-11-11 11:04
I have received my WARN notice and my severance date is Nov 25th. Should I register for my unemployment benefits online now or wait until Nov 26th?
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# Dustin 2012-12-04 18:05
I mailed my continued claim form in 14 days late. I was scheduled an interview and was given the benefit of the doubt and so very soon there after my payment was made.

However, due to the process all future payments have stopped and I am now 2 months behind on payments and have received no notification at all about my claim.

Obviously ive tried calling 100 times and cant get through so I decided to ask here.... Should I expect a lump sum payment to get me caught up or will I continue to be behind on payments? My last payment was nov 28th and it was for just the one late payment after being approved during the interview. Will it be two weeks from that date before I get another payment or will they deposit funds sooner means they have almost 2 months of claim forms processed that I sent in? Thanks for any help
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# Dustin 2012-12-05 16:08

With a little googling of the most local large city EDD office I was surprised to find a direct number to a ladies desk who took my social and answered all my questions. If anyone finds their self in the situation I was in, expect multiple claim forms to be mailed to you and you will have to re-submit for past weeks. The good news is that when you get them your supposed to fill them out and put them in the mail immediately. To make things faster you can put multiple forms inside a single envelope.

Good luck to everyone!
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# Cmreck 2012-12-06 22:51
If I received a claim form without it it telling me how much I was going to receive does that mean I'm receiving something?
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# Darin 2012-12-22 16:02
Hi, I got a notice about have a phone interview for unemployment with the date and time I waited and they have not called on the date posted and its been three days now what does that mean? They busy or was I just approved?
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# mikky p 2012-12-24 19:54
I recently got married and my husband is active duty Army. We have received orders to move to Colorado in March and I will have to leave the company I have been working at for the last 3+ years. Am I eligible for unemployment even though I will technically be resigning from my position as opposed to being terminated by the company? And assuming I am eligible, can my current employer contest the unemployment (they are notorious for doing so when other associates are terminated)? Sorry so long-winded... Thanks!
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# Stina 2012-12-27 00:11
I've been working as a temporary worker for a CA tech company for the last year and a half, and will be losing my job in a couple of months. I've always telecommuted, and am thinking of moving out of state soon, before my end date at the company. Is it possible to move out of state before the end of my work at the CA based company, and then file for CA unemployment when my job ends? I'll be still working for them out of state after I move, working from home. OR, can I only receive CA unemployment if I'm physically living in CA at the time of my layoff? Then, move after that and still receive CA unemployment? I'd prefer to move out of state before I'm laid off, as I want to be ready and looking for a job out of state right when I'm laid off.
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# Christian 2013-01-04 18:07
I filed for Unemployment on 8-12-12 and I had the first phone interview and I was eligible. I missed the second phone call interview because the notification letter came on Friday stating to be available on Monday from 11:00 to 12:00. I was away for the weekend and did not get the letter until I came home later on Monday. I only got one voice message and I called back 1 minute after I missed the call and I attempted for a week straight but the line is always busy. The next week I received a letter of in eligibility due to missing the phone call. I did not appeal since I then thought I had a job lined up. I just applied again today on January 4th. Am I still eligible and can I get that money that I have missed out on since August? I still can't believe all of this for just missing a phone call by 1 minute. You should at least try a few times in that hour block in case I did not get the notification mail in time. Thank you
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# Aaron 2013-02-05 02:08
I am currently collecting unemployment from the state of CA. I am considering moving to my parent's house in KY because I am having trouble making ends meet. Will I still be able to collect my unemployment when I move to KY? Will I still be collecting the same amount?
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# Angela 2013-02-12 13:31
Can partial unemployment benefits be extended past 2 years? My claim is due to expire next week and I still have not found another job or had my full time hours restored at work.
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# Mina 2013-02-12 22:20
Hell-o: I am in need of obtaining a copy of the total SDI benefits received in a detail summary or readout for amounts I received during my SDI term. Can you tell me how I get a printout of this calculation or any form I would submit to request such.
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# Lillian 2013-02-17 19:17
I have filed my claim on Nov 18, 2012 and I had got something in the mail about identity documents and I have sent the documents required. I have barely recieved 2 payments in feb of 2013 and I know I get my back pay, but when? It's taking too long and they still haven't paid me for those months.
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# Frank 2013-02-22 09:53
I received a letter in the mail that showed what I will get paid by EDD the award letter and the continued claim form was suppose to be sent 10 days later and I have not received it. I have called and requested this form, still there is nothing. What do I have to do, to go about getting my unemployment payment because I have called and went to WEB CERT like an associate had told me and when I sign on it says that all papers that were needed were already turned in and there is no other option to press. Please help. Thank you
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# Gayle 2013-03-03 19:27
I just got laid off a month ago from a job I have been at for 7 years. I have received my first unemployment check. I found work and have been employed for 2 weeks. I have been very sick and have contracted pneumonia and have missed a few days of work. My new current employer has let me go. Can I collect unemployment and do I continue to collect on the current claim that I already of open from the job I have had for 7 years or do I have to open another claim with the new job that I have only had for 2 weeks? And can I even collect unemployment on the new job? I look forward to your answer. Thank you so much, Gayle.
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# Joey 2013-03-28 17:55
I was laid off by my public service employer in June 2012. I have been receiving UI benefits since then. I spoke with UI representative in Dec. 2012 and asked whether my benefits would be discontinued if I applied for my CAL PERS benefits. She said "no" and said that I could go ahead and apply for pension. I did and now they want to talk to me again. Did something in the law change between Dec and Mar 2013? According to the EDD website, my pension is not deducted from the UI benefits because I paid into my account the whole time I worked. Thanks!
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# Laurie 2013-03-28 21:24
I filed for UI in California immediately after being laid off of a job that started in January 2013. I also worked for 3 months (Sept thru November in 2012.

I realize that if I file in April, I would qualify to use the alternate base period for calculating my weekly benefit and it would be substantially closer to barely adequate to covering my survival expenses while looking for work again. Can I just cancel my claim which began in March and file my claim beginning in April in order to be eligible for a feasible weekly benefit amt?
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# Wade 2013-04-01 23:44
I filed a claim after not working for two plus weeks around Feb 2012. I was only given a claim amount for a little over $200. I was then sent back to work so I never received a check. Around Sept 2012 I was out of work for several more weeks. I once again filed then was sent back to work so again I never received a check. Now in Feb 2013 I was wrongfully terminated from my job. I filed an appeal and my employer has made an agreement with my union representative saying they will not fight the appeal. My question is, being I never received a check is the edd going to apply a current weekly payment amount or go off the claim I filed a year ago?
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# rogelio 2013-04-08 18:53
I just lost my appeal. I know could appeal again. my ? is when could i file for a new edd case. im in california
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# Billie 2013-04-17 17:17
I received a claim form with less the amount for 2 full weeks. What happens when I run out? Is there something I need to do before it reaches 0 bal? According to the form, my claim doesn't end until October 2013.
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# Elisa 2013-04-26 09:08
I received my award letter and submitted my continued claim form. This is my first check from unemployment and I noticed it is only for one week? If the form I filled out was for two why was I only paid for one? Is the other week of benefits ever paid?
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# Billy 2013-04-26 16:55
I applied and got my letter stating the amount I would be recieving each wek. I did not follow through on the claim because I thought I had found a job, but it fell through. Do I have to re-apply?
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# Johnny 2013-04-28 14:13
I am currently receive EUC in CẠ I have to travel to Washington State to visit illness relative for 1 month. I am able seeking job on internet, fly back for interview within24 hrs and able report Continue Clain form by internet while i am traveling. What should I do ? Please. advice.
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# Enzo 2013-05-02 06:12
I was denied to continue receiving unemployment so sent an appeal but while im waiting for a responds i read that i should still be sending in my claim forms. How do i still send those in if I'm not receiving any. Where can i get a claim form?
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# felicia 2013-05-07 18:42
Edd sent a claim form to my home where another resident opened it and took it due to the fact that they sent the form with only the first initial and last name which another resident has the same as me. I looked for it for weeks with no luck and the other resident didn't give it to me....they finally put it on the counter where I found it and sent it in the same day. So I had a phone interview where I tried to explain what happened and got a letter a few days later saying I got denied so I sent in my appeal but then recieved my edd card and it had money on it but I just received my appeal hearing paper..... what's going on? Why would I recieve money on my card if I still haven't had my hearing for the appeal? Am I going to have to pay the money back?
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# deylo 2013-05-09 11:01
i am currently receiving unemployment and i am thinking about taking some online classes which will not keep me from looking for or accepting any work. my question is, will taking online classes change my unemployment or even disqualify me from my current unemployment?
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# Amber 2013-05-17 11:59
I moved and have to commute 2 hours every work day. I have asked for a transfer and was told by my boss and district manager that I could not be transfered. It is very hard getting back and forth to work. Am I able to draw unemployment.
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# bridget 2013-05-28 10:33
my edd envelope got water on it. can I send my completed form in another envelope as long as the edd address is visible from the front?
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# terrance 2013-05-29 15:22
i received all documents needed when i filed for unemployment. i sent out my claim form and no payment. i emailed and the response was no claim is seen with my social security. d/o i need to file another claim?
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# ashley 2013-06-03 21:17
hello I'm writing because I've received a notice that my unemployment benefits are being appealed by my previous employer however I've been receiving my benefits for approximately a month now or so will I stop receiving benefits during the appeal process or will I continue to receive benefits unless I lose my appeal? also I have not received a claim form for almost 2 weeks what do I do how can I check the status of my claim it seems impossible for me to get in contact with anyone and I'm out of money
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# Terri 2013-06-06 11:29
I recently won my appeal. How long till I get paid back lost unemployment and how will I be paid. Will it be a lump sum? Will it go on edd card?
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# Tony 2013-06-08 04:08
Hi, I received my continued claims forms without an Award Notice. I waited 2 days and the Award Notice did not come. So out of desperation I mailed in the claims forms. When I did receive the Award Notice I did not agree with the quarterly wage amount and tried to cancel my claim on the same day that their payments dept. begun processing benefits. They said I could not cancel. Can they do that?? Am I not supposed to receive the Award Notice first? Now I'm trying to appeal . Any advise Thank You
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# K 2013-06-15 20:35
I was told in the initial EDD interview I could cancel the California claim at any time and would be able to open another one within the next 52 weeks as long as no benefits were used. As I hoped to be employed soon, I did not use the one benefits card I received. However, alternate online info says this can occur only if done within 30 days of receiving first Continued Claim Form. It is past this 30 day time period. Is it still possible to cancel this claim and open another within the year if needed?

(It has been 3 months since I was initially granted benefits, but I entered an appeal to the start date listed, as it took many weeks to get an actual operator on the phone. Also, I lived in another state within the last 18 months and the online claim site said I had to call in order to set up benefits. After a month and a half of calling every few days with no operator picking up, I went back to the website and just selected "no" when it asked if I had worked in at state other than California in the last 18 months. I was surprised to see the option of selecting states other than California when entering the last job worked, as this negated the first answer. As the appeals location was very far away from my home, I canceled the appeal. During that whole period my benefits were suspended.)
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# Denise 2013-06-20 11:55
I currently got laid off from my job of 7 years. I live in California my whole life. Since my layoff my husband and I decided to move to Hawaii. Can I file for California umemployment from Hawaii? Can I still receive CA benefits even thought i move to another state?
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# Latasha 2013-06-24 14:03
I received a notice of benefits with a base period of $0 because I was on maternity leave, I spoke to a rep who said they would use my previous base period, and that I do qualify for benefits, but that was a month ago, and I haven't heard or received anything sense, so my question is what's the next step to take?
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# Chris 2013-06-27 16:03
I am in the same boat as most people. Had my evaluation interview on 6/6 and still waiting for any word. Can't get through to anyone via phone or email. My question: If I was actively searching for employment the first 2 weeks, and for the next 3 weeks I was extremely sick, applied to a few places but can't remember who and didn't document anything. Is it possible to only claim the first 2 weeks, then not receive benefits for the 3 weeks I was sick, then start the next week I was healthier and resumed actively searching for work? I am not the type to try and lie to the government and take a risk of paying back benefits and criminal charges. Does anyone know if this is ok to do??
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# Kayla 2013-07-02 11:52
I filed with California on May 3rd. I never heard anything so I wrote an email. A few days later I got a call for my interview and spoke with the rep. I told him I hadn't gotten anything in the mail and he said he would resend he forms. He also said it would take 10 days from the date of my phone interview to process my claim. That conversation occurred in early June. Since then I have heard nothing nor have I received anything in the mail. It's even more frustrating for me because I live in Nevada and can't file here because California handles its own claims. But California is doing absolutely nothing.
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# A Guzman 2013-07-12 01:28
I have been out of work for over 6 weeks and only received $360. I have bills piling up.

I submitted my web-cert more than 20 days ago and it stated it was going to take 10 days to process it. After 10 days the web cert website said that it had been processed. On the following Monday I checked my UI debit card balance with home that there would be money there. There was none. I immediately called the numbers given on the website and the auromated information confirmed that was supposed to have been paid, but no money has been placed onto the UI debit card.

I continued through the phone call to speak with someone only to be repeatedly hung up on by the phone system because the case workers have too many calls. I have been trying for the entire week and still nothing.

I also submitted an email request for information regarding this and have heard nothing.
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# Chrissy 2013-07-19 15:38
I filed UE on the day I was let go but did not write down the confirmation number (thought it would be emailed to me). Never heard from UE, sent several emails then got a response to file again. Now they are saying the start date is from the new filing, how do I appeal the start date. My claim was filed on time, I got a number but did not write it down, it didn't get processed by UE so how is that my fault?
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# Dell 2013-07-23 09:32
I am moving to Oregon in a week, how do I continue my claim? Should I check the change address box and put my new Oregon address while I wait to file in Oregon or continue filing in California? I was discharged honorably from the military if that changes anything. Thank you.
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# Tadeusz 2013-07-26 19:30
Although I had schedule for interview (form DE 4800) i have not receive any phone call from EDD on scheduled time. What should I do?
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# Alex 2013-08-04 10:37
I am trying to register with the EDD web-cert to file my continued claim online... every time I fill out the registration form and then click "register" it says
"The personal identification information provided is invalid. Please check the values and try again. If the problem persists, please try again in an hour." I have tried every hour and about 7 times and every time it just says this same thing. I have checked all the info i've entered and it is all correct... HELP!
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# Allie 2013-08-13 14:22
Hello, I have been on Unemployment for 6 months and I just got a job. I want to cancel my unemployment benefits. Is there a certain form I should fill out? How do I officially unenroll from the program?
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# LisaSan 2013-08-27 12:48
I received an award letter and a claim form 8/16/13 the claim form needed to be submitted on 8/25/13 which I did thru EDD web-cert. Yesterday I received a letter that I will have a phone interview on 9/5/13 will I receive a check before then?
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# George 2017-05-18 00:30
I'm going to get laid off June 3,2017 I may have a job lined up may I wait till July 1, 2017 to file for unemployment I have been working for 34 Years straight
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# Nelson 2017-07-26 13:18
Hello, my last day of work was April 10, 2017 but I just applied for UI this week( 7/26), as I thought I would be able to get a job within a few months. Will the UI payments be retro to my last day of employment? or do I have to do a special request for that?
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# manuel 2017-08-03 00:35
The company has been laying off people based on their needs to close the plant. I have worked 26 years, and vested pension, and 58 years old. We received notice of the timeline for our department lay-off this month.

1- Can I collect my pension and UIB benefits at the same time. And if so, what percent is UIB reduced without getting an over payment later?

2. Ex- co workers say our pension takes 3 months to process. How soon, after I begin getting UIB benefits, can I apply for pension.

3. Doesn't my employer or the city require the company to provide job search services or information?

4. My job is very unique to the paint manufacturer. My job skill is unique to the company (old manufacturing belts/etc). What potential is there for retraining and how do i begin to research?

Thank you.

Santa Clara County CA
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# manuel 2017-08-03 00:51
the plant has been laying off people at the discretion of the company closure these last four months. My department received production staff closure timeline for the end of this month. I am 58, worked for company 26+ years.

1-doesn't the state require employer to inform the city officials, and EDD, and to provide displacement job assistance before lay off?

2-Can I receive vested pension at the same time as UI benefits? If so, what percent is reduced so to not get "over payment, charges in the future?

3-Ex-co workers say it takes 3 months to begin receiving pension. How soon after receiving UIB, can I apply for pension.

Thank you. SC Co CA
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