California Unemployment Eligibility
Updated : June 18th, 2019
An individual who files for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits must meet specific eligibility requirements before benefits can be paid.
- The minimum weekly benefit amount is $40 and the maximum weekly benefit amount is $450 depending on the claimant’s quarterly earnings
- To qualify for the maximum amount each week ($450) an individual must earn at least $11,674.01 in a calendar quarter during the base period
Non Monetary Eligibility
- Be totally or partially unemployed.
- Be unemployed through no fault of own
- Be physically able to work.
- Be available for work which means to be ready and willing to immediately accept work.
- Be actively looking for work each week benefits are claimed.
- Quit work voluntarily
- Fired for misconduct
- Be approved for training before training benefits can be paid.
I was fired from my last positing, can I avail unemployment benefits?
In case you were fired for cause, you generally can’t receive jobless benefits in California. The unemployment compensation laws reserve benefits for those who are jobless through no fault of their own. In an effort to implement this regulation, the California Employment Department (EDD) confirms the reason for your job separation with your ex-employer.
If the previous employer can’t provide proof you were fired for cause or you can provide proof you weren’t fired for cause, you may be able to obtain benefits.
How will getting laid off affect my eligibility status?
If you have been laid off from your job in California, you must directly file for unemployment. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.
Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired. Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you did something incorrect. Getting laid-off means that the company that you worked for did not have adequate work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you to do your job.
If I quit my job, will I be eligible?
In California, the Employment Development Department is liable for managing unemployment benefits. California’s jobless workers can obtain unemployment benefits of they were released involuntarily through no fault of their own or jobs for good cause (unsafe working conditions, not being paid, change in job duties, health risks on job, family emergencies).
Employees who willingly end their employment must show they had justified reasons to terminate employment. The California Employment Development Department performs individual investigations to decide whether an individual’s reasons for termination were justified for unemployment benefits.