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 2021 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, 2021.
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 2022 – Aug 2023||Aug 18, 2023 – Dec 22, 2023||Extension filing deadline date||Last Payable week ending date|
|Tier 1||Upto 14 weeks||Upto 14 weeks||December 22, 2023||December 28, 2023|
|Tier 2||Upto 14 weeks||Upto 14 weeks||December 22, 2023||December 28, 2023|
|Tier 3||Upto 9 weeks||Upto 9 weeks||December 22, 2023||December 28, 2023|
|Tier 4||Upto 10 weeks||0 weeks||August 11, 2023||December 28, 2023|
Under federal law, as of 2019, EUC benefits are no longer available.
Extensions for collecting UI payments are in effect only during periods of high unemployment and only if the state or federal government take specific action to provide extended benefits