California Unemployment Benefit Questions
What to do when unemployment benefits are exhausted in California?
California does not currently offer any extended benefits. All federal extensions enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic are now expired.
You may want to look into BenefitsCal, a program that helps individuals connect with various services in their county. Services include Medi-Cal, CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps), and California Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), which provides cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women in the last 120 days of pregnancy, who have little or no assets or income.
The California Association of Food Banks coordinates with federal, state, and local community organizations to ensure that groceries are available at local food banks throughout California. Additionally, free summer lunch programs are available to all children under 18, regardless of income.
How to apply for unemployment in California?
The most efficient way to apply for UI benefits is through the online platform, although it is also possible to apply through other channels such as by phone, fax, or mail. Learn more about how to apply for California unemployment.
You can file a claim online during these times:
- Monday 4 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Tuesday – Friday 2 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Saturday 2 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday 5 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
How long can you collect unemployment in California?
The maximum duration of unemployment benefits in California is 26 weeks. Benefits can be extended during economic recessions and natural disasters, however, there are no active extensions at this time.
How much is unemployment in California
The maximum weekly benefit in California is $450, while the minimum is $50. Your weekly benefit amount depends on your work history and previous wages. To qualify for California unemployment, you must have earned either $1,300 in the highest quarter of your Base Period or $900 in your highest quarter, along with a total base period earnings of 1.25 times your high quarter earnings. However, if you did not work or earn any wages in the past 18 months, you would not meet the criteria for receiving unemployment compensation. Use the California unemployment calculator to estimate your unemployment payment.
Why haven’t I received my unemployment benefits this week California
If you have not received payment, it may be due to an eligibility issue. Wait for two weeks and recheck the certification status for any updates. If your claim has a remaining balance and the benefit year end date has not passed, you must continue to certify for benefits. If there is no change in status after two weeks, please call the EDD.
Who qualifies for California unemployment
To qualify for California unemployment, the following conditions must be met:
- You must be unemployed through no fault of your own
- You must have earned enough wages during the base period
- You must be physically able to work
- You must be available for work
- You must be ready and willing to accept work immediately
- You must search for work
- You must certify your eligibility biweekly
Learn more about California unemployment eligibility requirements.
Can California unemployment be extended
In California, the maximum duration for unemployment benefits is 26 weeks. Although benefits can be prolonged during economic recessions, pandemics like COVID-19, and natural disasters, there are currently no unemployment extensions available. When necessary, the DOL manages the Extended Benefits program, while FEMA offers Disaster Unemployment assistance.
Does California unemployment do direct deposit?
California pays benefits using the EDD Debit Card from Bank of America. While the EDD cannot help you set up direct deposit, Bank of America can. You can have funds from your debit card automatically deposited into your preferred bank account.
To set up a direct deposit transfer, you’ll first need to receive and activate your card. Once you’ve done that, you can contact Bank of America either online or by phone to get started.
You must activate your card before you can initiate a transfer. Please note that you do not need to have a Bank of America account to transfer funds to another bank. When setting up your transfer, it’s important to contact Bank of America directly online or by phone, rather than going through the EDD. If you need immediate access to your funds, you can choose to transfer only a portion of your benefits to your bank account and keep the rest on your card.
Does California unemployment get taxed?
Yes, California unemployment benefits are taxable. If you collect unemployment compensation, you will receive a 1099-G form at the end of the year. You must report your unemployment benefits as income when you file your federal tax return, and you may need to pay federal income tax on the benefits you receive. You do not have to pay California state taxes on your UI benefits. You can choose to have federal income tax withheld from your unemployment benefits. This setting is available in the UI Online web portal.
How do I reopen my claim?
If you stop filing your weekly claims (even possibly for one week), your UI claim becomes inactive. If you want to start claiming again, you must first reopen your claim by re-applying for UI benefits. You can reopen your claim any time during your 52-week benefit year for regular UI claims. If your benefit year has ended, you must apply for a new claim.
You may reopen your claim or file a new claim using the EDD’s online application, UI Online, or you may call our toll-free phone number and speak to a claims specialist who will reopen your claim or file a new claim. The process for reopening your claim is the same process used to file a new claim. Once you submit your UI application, the EDD will determine whether you will be reopening an existing claim or filing a new claim.
You may reopen your claim or file a new claim using the EDD’s online website and follow the below mentioned steps:
- Access your UI Online account
- Select “Reopen Your Claim”
- Answer all questions
- Review and submit your answers
- Check your status
You may log in to the website or call the toll-free phone number and speak to a claims specialist to reopen your claim or file a new claim. The process for reopening your claim is the same process used to file a new claim. Once you submit your UI application, the EDD will determine whether you will be reopening an existing claim or filing a new claim.
A new or reopened claim takes effect the Sunday of the week you contact the EDD. This means you must contact the EDD during the first week you want to claim benefits. Once you reopen your claim or file a new claim, a Continued Claim form for the following two weeks will be issued to you.
What are holding fees?
Holding fees are payments made to an individual with respect to the filming of a commercial. It is separate from the compensation paid for the hours or days of actual work performance. Holding fees are usually paid at the beginning of each cycle during which the commercial will be used.
The Department considers holding fees to wage since they are compensation for personal services.
Do federal civilian employees and ex-military personnel qualify for UI benefits?
Yes, federal civilian employees and ex-military personnel qualify for UI benefits. Federal civilian and ex-military personnel are required, however, to provide additional documentation.
Federal civilian employees will be required to mail copies of the Standard Form 8 and Standard Form 50 to EDD. These documents are mailed to the employee at the time of separation.
Ex-military personnel will be required to mail a copy of Member 4 of their DD214 to EDD. The DD214 is mailed to the servicemember at the time of separation.
If you do not have your DD214, The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) can provide you with information on your military service and copies of your DD214.