An unemployment claim with the EDD is fairly straight forward just as long as you have the right information needed. Once you have visited the EDD website you will have a good idea of what information you need and then you are ready to make the claim.
Basically you have three options. You can either file the claim online, over the telephone or through the post. Once you have filled everything in and given the appropriate information, your representative will then need to file the claim and send you a few documents explaining the process. The EDD will then do telephone interviews with you and your previous employer and then determine whether you are eligible for an unemployment claim. The decision will be sent to you through the post and if you are not happy with the decision then you can make an appeal. That is basically all there is to it though it can take a little while to get it all sorted out and to receive the decision.
Before you can make an unemployment claim with the EDD, you will need to ensure that you are eligible to do so. You will need to have received enough wages within a base period in order to be eligible for a payment. This basically means that you need to have worked and earned a certain amount of money for a certain time period before you can claim. If you are unsure about this then you can contact the EDD and they will explain it all to you.
You also need to be looking for work and proving that you are looking for work too. The reason behind your unemployment should also be no fault of your own. If you walked out of your job for example then you may not be able to claim with the EDD unless there was a really good reason behind it. You also need to be physically able to work within a company. If you aren't, you will need to claim a different type of benefit which the EDD can advise you about.
I had filed a claim through unemployment, not realizing even though I had giving my two weeks notice to a job from HELL that had such a HUGH turn around with it's staff. And the fact that I suffered mental at this company. The Office Manager refused to give the training necessary to complete my job! I have worked since I was 15 years old and always had a job. And the one time I file for unemployment it was denied! After speaking with someone from unemployment, they basically said they can see in there records that I have always worked. And they understood my situation, but the Lawyers for unemployment determine if you are approved or not. And basically I should have just gotten fired!!!! But I will be writing my appeal letter. I just think it's very unfair and the fact that my bills are piling up on me is another problem, but of course not unemployment's problem!!!!
Not a happy camper :(
That is part of the complete ineptitude of CA EDD; they hire people who are new and/or poorly trained with no follow up to answer tax payer questions IF you get a call back, IF the interviewer actually calls, and IF they email you with something more than an automated simplistic enigmatic message. There needs to be far better accountability to CA citizens. Where's the outrage?!?
Will you get paid? Yes and No. (at least for California from my experience). You will NOT receive a check until the interview is finished (and if they decide you are still eligible). If you are still eligible, the checks that you would have gotten before the interview will come in almost every day.
What would be a good cause for missing weeks of unemployment besides the fact that the first time calling Marvin he tells you that he will get back to you within ten days? Your just automatically supposed to know to call in every two weeks?
Do it online at EDD webcert.
Here is EDD (California) timetable: Example of timetable of how I filed for unemployment EDD benefits online at EDD web-cert (EDD web cert) and received bi-weekly checks. Weekly benefit amount is $450.The Year is 2010:
Nov 8: Was notified by Company that Nov 19(Friday) would be last day of work
Nov 19(Friday): Filed at EDD site for benefits
Dec 4(Saturday) : Received first continued claim form by mail
Dec 5(Sunday): Filed continued claim form at EDD webcert for 2-weeks
Dec 7 evening(Tuesday): Saw at EDD webcert website, that check was issued Dec 7
Dec 10: Received first above check for $450 (seems that first week of benefits are not provided, its called “waiting period”). I thought I would have received benefits for two weeks, ie Nov 21-Dec4. In effect, I received benefits received only for one week, ie Nov 28-Dec4.
Dec 19(Sunday): Filed continued claim form at EDD webcert (EDD web-cert) for 2-weeks
Dec 21 evening(Tuesday): Saw at EDD webcert website, that check was issued Dec 21
Dec 24: Received first above check for $900. So in effect, I received benefits received for two weeks Dec 5-Dec18.
And so on.....
You wait and wait, then you can't get through by phone to EDD; then you pay huge taxes to CA for all the illegals. Then you wait, speak to some EDD incompetents that do not return phone calls, emails. Then you wait for wrong info, delays, erroneous docs, then you wait. That is California. Then they increase taxes.