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END OF THE BENEFIT YEAR: CALIFORNIA UNEMPLOYMENT

END OF THE BENEFIT YEAR

Here you will find information about the end of the benefit year.

Benefit Year-End. It is often hard to believe that the impacts of the pandemic have been felt for more than a year.

We want to let you know that now that the new unemployment benefits law was signed and let you know what’s next after that.

The first thing you need to understand is the basics. A standard Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim lasts for a period of about one year. Generally, these benefits last up to 26 weeks, depending on your weekly benefit amount.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, also known as PUA claims, are different.

These originally last 39 weeks with a rate of between $167 and $450, depending on your documented self-employment earnings.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Because it has been a year since most people filed a claim.

WHAT HAPPENS THEN?

When your original claim has expired, you must file a new one.

WHY DO YOU HAVE TO DO THIS?

User: I have not been able to get back to work. We are still in pandemic.

Answer: We know that, but the law requires EDD to review whether you worked and earned money in the last year, this policy requires you to file a new claim every year.

HOW WILL YOU KNOW WHEN TO DO IT?

You will be notified in three ways:

First: A message will appear on your final check stub.

Second: A banner message will appear at the top of the page when you log in to UI Online, alerting you to open a new claim.

And finally: the year date available on your UI Online home page will tell you when your claim started. If a year has passed, then you must file a new one. Also, it is possible that you have certified benefits and have only been paid for one week and have the other week pending.

When you have received notification that your claim has ended, log in to UI Online and file a new claim. 

Don’t worry about trying to find out if you are eligible, just answer the questions and leave the rest to them.

California Edd’s group of agents will help you with your claim filing request.

First: If you are eligible for the same amount or more, then you will collect your new claim.

Second: If you are already on an extension, but your new claim is eligible for a lower amount, no problem.

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, you will file the claim, but then you will be placed back on your old extension to be paid until the benefits on those claims are exhausted. You don’t have to do anything since you already filed your claim.

Third: If you are not eligible for a new one, no problem. They will put you back on your old extension and continue to pay you.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOUR EXTENSION ENDS?

They will check to see if you are eligible for other extensions. And if not, they will place you on the new claim you filed when your original claim expired. Because of this it is very important that you check your UI Online account to see when your benefit year will end and submit an application for a new claim, the system may continue to provide you with unemployment benefits.

WHAT ABOUT A PUA CLAIM?

You may be wondering if you can have one of those, that’s true, but you now get up to 89 weeks total of benefits, which hopefully will be enough to get you back on your feet. You don’t have to reapply.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE BEFORE YOUR PAYMENTS ARE BACK TO NORMAL?

Generally, it takes two to three weeks to complete the process, so it is very important that you make sure to submit a new application as soon as your benefit year expires. Also, be sure to watch for notifications on UI Online and respond immediately to any requests for additional information sent to you. Always refer to your notifications. File your claim after you receive the application and let them take care of the rest.