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How to Win an Unemployment Appeal

If you disagree with the decision of the ALJ, you will have 20 calendar days from the date of the decision to file an appeal with the CUIAB in Sacramento. The date of the decision is generally specified on the first page of the decision. The appeal must be in written format and does not need to include long statements on why you disagree with the final decision by the ALJ. Your letter should briefly state that you are requesting an appeal of the ALJ’s decision because you believe it is incorrect, and it should give your address, name, social […]


EDD Continued Claim Certification

Continuing Eligibility Requirements Once you have been granted eligibility to receive benefits by the EDD, you must then meet certain criteria in order to continue your eligibility. The criteria includes: (1) being mentally and physically able to perform work in your vocation; (2) remaining underemployed or unemployed; (3) be actively looking for new work; (4) complying with the reporting requirements of the EDD by submitting bi weekly Continued Claim Forms; (5) being immediately available for appropriate work in a suitable field of employment. Failure in meeting any of these requirements may lead to penalties, disqualification and even the repayment of […]


Calculating your weekly benefit amount for California unemployment benefits

Calculating your Weekly Benefit Amonuts Your weekly benefit amount (WBA) is approximately 60 to 70 percent (depending on income) of wages earned 5 to 18 months prior to your claim start date up to the maximum weekly benefit amount. You may receive up to 52 weeks of Disability Insurance (DI) benefits. The daily benefit amount is calculated by dividing your weekly benefit amount by seven. The maximum benefit amount is calculated by multiplying your weekly benefit amount by 52 or adding the total wages subject to State Disability Insurance (SDI) tax paid in your base period, whichever is less. For […]


How to apply for unemployment benefits in California in 4 steps

Step 1: Evaluate whether you meet the criteria to apply You must satisfy three initial requirements to qualify for unemployment insurance benefits. However, if you are uncertain whether you meet the necessary requirements, it is strongly recommended to apply for benefits and let the EDD make an official decision. Satisfactory Immigration Status: Benefits can be collected by any United States citizens, workers with valid sorts of work authorization and green card holders. When you file your claim, you must have evidence to prove that you legally inhabit in the United States and are authorized to work here. Workers without complete […]


How long do unemployment benefits last in California?

An unemployment benefits claim is effective for one year. During the year, claimants can receive from 12-26 weeks of full benefits. The number of weeks varies, based on total earnings during the base period (an individual’s earnings during a 12-month period). Once you finish your benefits i.e. after 26, you may no longer collect any unemployment benefits until the benefits year has completely transpired, which is typically 52 weeks after the time of your first benefits claim was filed. However, you are permitted to file a second claim for additional benefits following the completion of your 52 week benefits year […]


California Unemployment Benefits Laws

Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment Insurance is a program which offers a partial wage substitute to workers who are now jobless due to no mistake of their own, while they are attempting to seek new employment. Unemployment Insurance is handled by each state but mandated by the federal law. In California, the UI program is administered by the Employment Development Department (EDD). The department itself renders decisions regarding applicant eligibility, amends rules, gathers employer taxes and issues benefit checks. The decision made by the EDD may be further reviewed by a separate state entity known as the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB). Notably, […]


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