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California Unemployment Extension

Due to the improving job market, the federal government currently allows up to 37 additional weeks of EUC federal extension benefits (Tiers 1 through 3) after an individual’s regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim ends. The total number of benefit weeks for which someone is eligible depends on their individual situation, when their prior regular UI claim ends, when their federal extension tiers were filed, and California’s unemployment rate.

As we get closer to the end of the year, the weeks of federal extensions will continue to wind down and most eligible unemployed workers will not qualify for any or all of the federal extensions currently available. For example, the majority of unemployed workers that start a regular unemployment claim (26 weeks) in the beginning of July 2013 will not qualify for any EUC federal extensions when their regular claim ends due to the scheduled end of the EUC federal extensions on December 28, 2013.

Work Search Requirements for Eligibility of Extensions Benefits

Federal legislation on extension benefits requires individuals to meet specific work search requirements to be paid benefits on their federal extensions. Those collecting federal extensions could lose their benefits if they fail to comply with the work search requirements of the federal law. Individuals collecting regular UI benefits and federal extension benefits have always been required to look for work. However, this legislation requires individuals collecting federal extension benefits (Tiers 1-3) to also meet the following work search requirements, in addition to meeting all other UI eligibility requirements:

  • Document their work search efforts, which now must include contacts with at least three different employers each week; and
  • Provide their work search documentation upon request to the EDD; and
  • Ensure they are registered in EDD’s CalJOBS, California’s online job listing and resume service, by entering or updating their résumé in the system.

In addition, those individuals collecting benefits on the first or second Tier of federal extension benefits must appear at a local America’s Job Center of California (formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers) to learn about employment services offered by the EDD and local partners, and to verify that they are complying with UI eligibility requirements. Individuals who must complete these mandatory Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments (REA) appointments will receive notices on appointment details. They could lose their benefits if they fail to appear for that appointment and/or fail to comply with other requirements of the law.

Benefits Availability -

Filing Date Sept 2012 – Aug 2013 Aug 18, 2013 – Dec 22, 2013 Extension filing deadline date Last Payable week ending date
Tier 1 Upto 14 weeks Upto 14 weeks December 22, 2013 December 28, 2013
Tier 2 Upto 14 weeks Upto 14 weeks December 22, 2013 December 28, 2013
Tier 3 Upto 9 weeks Upto 9 weeks December 22, 2013 December 28, 2013
Tier 4 Upto 10 weeks 0 weeks August 11, 2013 December 28, 2013

 

Questions & Answers

  1. Cesar says:

    I filed for benefits on 01/10/2014 after being laid off working for this company for 3 years. My claim expires 01/10/2015 and I noticed l have 3 weeks left. Will I be notified for an extension or automatically be done for me.

  2. Vicki Brum says:

    After working 28 years at the same job my office closed. I filed a claim in January of 2014, the claim expires 01-03-15, however, my claim balance is now showing $972 that is about 3 weeks of benefits. I have not found a job. Can benefits be extended since the claim has not expired or am I out of luck? I have paid into this for 28 years and never filed a claim. Please advise what I should do.

    • Adrian says:

      What you have been approved for is what you get.

      Please check with the labor dept in case of any known discrepancies.

  3. Malcolm says:

    Recently went to social security to apply. Was told I can collect both UI and SS at same time without penalty or having to state on claim form question#6. Is this true? I am still actively looking for work and do not want my benefits to be reduced or stopped. Thank you for your prompt reply.

    • Adrian says:

      Some states encourage both SS and UI benefits.

      Please call the customer service of the labor dept in your state to get more info.

  4. kathleen says:

    As far as UI Federal Extended Benefits, Yes, a great divide exists in understanding of those who have and those who have not..I encourage those who have/have not to gain and build on existing skills and become involved in the political system of the United States. To do otherwise, gives away personal power, the vote, it is very unfortunate that someone, such, as J. Boehner acquired both wealth and power. He has lost a general respect for and understanding of the American people, especially the working class. He has dehumanized that class of people and in doing so, as has dehumanized himself. He needs to look in the mirror for an honest appraisal of himself and ask himself how does greed enter into his motivation and decision making process. Furthermore, he is blaming the victims), the working class.
    This is May 20, 2014…it takes $$$$ to live and care for our families and basic needs. The research has demonstrated basic needs first, long-term unemployed mortality rate is higher etc. Many people without any monthly allowances are working hard at surviving and many have health problems or disabilities.
    Wake up or get out of office….
    Thank you.

    • Eden Azrak says:

      I am beyond frustrationw this uunemployment bs…they owe my husband 6 wks of paid…but yet can not get a hold of anyone…the last my husbsnd spoke to a rep they told him everything looks update and he will be receving his benifits…yes he did get what was told..but 1 wks worth that was in january of this yr…how do we get the money owes to us…where over are heads in debts. ..

  5. Lisa G says:

    We need to sign this petition to the president.
    Respectfully Requesting President Barack Obama to Issue an Executive Order to Extend…
    PETITIONS.WHITEHOUSE.GOV
    I think I speak for many when I say that I am truly happy for 7.1 million Americans that now have health care. However, at this very moment there are over 2 million and counting losing their unemployment which is resulting in people losing their basic shelter, utilities and ability to by food.. Whil…

  6. Thomas Gelonek says:

    How can I tell if I qualify for an extension. I exhausted my State of CA unemployment claims as I didn’t have much built up because I had only worked about six months.

  7. ladonna warren says:

    God Please take control of these people minds so that they’ll understand that families are doing without like myself. Dear God people don’t understand because they are still employed and are able to keep a roof over their heads. Dear God I putting it in yourhand almighty we need you NOW to take control. AMEN

  8. dan says:

    is congress playing with us az if they were god they are forseing us to lose everything that we all worked hard for. i would not be surprized if pepeole start killing each other or them selfs due to all this playing around in the goverment WHEN WILL THEY PASS THE EXTENTION ? OR IS THIS A JOKE THE GOVERMENT PLAYING ON US

  9. carl r brenner says:

    I was laid off my job with Cathedral Catholic High School due to cut backs at the school. I received unemployment benefits from 10/19/13 thru 3/9/14. May I reapply for Ca. state unemployment right away?

  10. HOWARD WELS says:

    I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT SINCE JULY 2013. MY EMPLOYER HAD FILLED MY POSITITION WHILE I WAS ON DISABILITY BECAUSE THEY DID NOT FALL UNDER FMLA. MY BENEFITS ARE ABOUT TO STOP AND I NEED TO SEE IF I CAN FILE AN EXTENSION. I HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR WORK BUT HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND A JOB. MY WIFE HAS A HEALTH CONDITION WE CANNOT LIVE OFF OF OUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS ALONE. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT THE NEXT STEP IS TO FILE THE EXTENSION.

    • Adrian says:

      Unfortunately,extension remains expired due to congressional debate.Please stay up to date with national news for any information on extension.
      You may please explore other benefits offered such as “Workers compensation” to check if you can find any relief.You may also speak to a representative from the labor department in CA for any additional benefits.

  11. HOWARD WELS says:

    I BECAME UNEMPLOYED DUE TO A MEDICAL CONDITION AND HAVE BEEN COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT SINCE JULY 2013. MY BENEFITS ARE GOING TO DISCONTINUE AND I NEED TO SEE IF I QUALIFY TO FILE AN EXTENSION FOR BENEFITS. I HAVE CONSISTENTLY LOOKED FOR EMPLOYMENT BUT HAVE NOT FOUND WORK. I WAS RELEASED BY MY PHYSICIAN IN JULY TO RETURN TO WORK BUT THEY HAD FILLED MY DELIVERY POSITION DURING MY ABSENCE. THEY WERE NOT UNDER FMLA BECAUSE THEY WERE UNDER 50 EMPLOYEES. YHANK YOU….HOWARD WELLS

  12. Diana Castillo says:

    i was wondering if you can help me with a problem i have can not get an answer from uib for my backpay from june 2013 its about four weeks they owe me can you find something out and let me by mail please

  13. Bruce says:

    My wife was layed off a job that she had worked on for 26 years.She has never collected or filed for UI before. She also is the 6 figures income. Now that she has filed and started to get her UI it was cut off with no reason given. We live in AZ but she worked in CA.We haven’t had a check from Sep 4 to today. CA told us today the mix up is because we live in AZ and work in CA. Now they are saying that they will reinstate her UI but there is another two week waiting period, What a bunch of BS. Someone that has never collected before and we get nothing but hassels,and to top it all off we have to waite for a back payment check I still do not trust CA …Any and all help would be great.

  14. cont.res says:

    i was wondering if i would qualify for unemployment benefits for a loss of job do to termination of employment? p and s company asked me to bring company truck to dealer to have window replaced.after a few days , company asked me questions in explain details of window accident .than about one hour later i was asked to clean out my belonging etc.p and s transport said, i was terminated from being at fault?I explained to p and s trans port that somebody else broke the window etc.At this point i am out of a job!Would i be able to claim unemployment benefits at this time being?MR.CHARLES JAMES CONTRESCERI JR.

    • kathy says:

      Apply for unemployment. The unemployment office will decide if you are eligible. Just because the employer let you go does not mean you won’t qualify.

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