It all began with the simple desire to want to help others.
With Unemployment Gurus, we can now take it a step further and walk you to the finish line of receiving your benefits alongside with you by assisting in getting in touch with EDD, making sure you are on the right path to getting your benefits, sending appeals for you, and even being your representative for hearings.
We have limited space and prioritize our services to those who have been waiting for their benefits for 6+ months and are experiencing financial hardship. For those that qualify for our services, we will never ask for payment upfront and make sure you are taken care of first. We also have more detailed information in our FAQ section.
Our company did not start out as the Unemployment Gurus, but the owner of the company, Erica Chan, has been donating her time and has been assisting others through this pandemic since March 2020. Our journey began through a Facebook group called Unofficial California Unemployment Help, which instantaneously grew in a short period of time and currently holds approximately 65k members. Many people who continue to return to shed light for others who are lost. The Facebook group was limiting by only being able to give advice and guidance with hopes that people will find their way, but now we can do more for you by directly assisting you in resolving your situation.
If you have a simple question and do not need our services - it's likely that it has been asked. Please check the variety of free resources we have, such as our blog, forum, or Facebook group that we update and check daily.
We know unemployment can be confusing and overwhelming, which is what we are here for. If you do not meet our qualifications and still would like to speak to an Unemployment Guru, we have opened up limited times if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Additionally, the company is creating a hardship fund by contributing a portion of our services to this fund. The fund will be awarded to those in financial need. Once we have a well developed program, we will make applications available. Sign up for our newsletter to get updates.
Meet The Team
Creator of Unofficial California Unemployment Help
Erica Chan works in the film industry in Los Angeles, California and works as a 1st assistant camera and is part of IATSE Local 600. She recently had to give up her apartment early on during the pandemic because the high cost of living was difficult to keep up when she was barely working. During quarantine she created the Facebook group in order to help others who were struggling with unemployment.
Erica is confident in her knowledge with unemployment because of her own personal experience with it, constantly keeping up to date with news releases from the EDD, answering questions in her forum, and giving advice. To date she has personally answered over 1300 messages from people who needed help regarding unemployment.
She decided to partner up with her brother, Eric Chan, who is a finance guru and has a network of people in the business and legal world. With combined efforts, they were able to launch Unemployment Gurus to be able to assist those who need it even further.
Eric has always had compassion in helping others. He has been a coach for Special Olympics for 5 years before the pandemic put everything to a stop. He also comes with extensive experience in the business and finance world that assists in Unemployment Guru’s sustainability and its goal to help those in need. The pandemic has impacted so many and the road to recovery is rocky. Eric is confident that Unemployment Gurus is poised and structured for success to help as many as possible.
Jade lives in Los Angeles where she has worked as a commercial actor, personal stylist, and yoga teacher. As a result of the pandemic, she and 1400 other California-based employees were permanently laid off and left without work indefinitely. Because of this experience, Jade was inspired to help her colleagues navigate the chaos of California EDD after learning a lot from her own personal and challenging experiences. Since being laid off, she has helped hundreds of fellow employees, friends, and strangers navigate the process of EDD as well as receive benefits that had previously been withheld.
Jade has also had experience working with appeal cases after previous EDD issues from 2018 that had carried over into an already hectic pandemic year of 2020. As a result of her own personal struggles, she has learned a great deal about the appeals process, PUA, and navigating the entire unemployment system. She greatly hopes that together we can all find a way to get back on our feet. She greatly hopes that together we can all find a way to get back on our feet.
Greg lives in Los Angeles where he works in the film and television industry as a Camera Operator and is a member of IATSE Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, there were massive layoffs in his industry, and, like many others, Greg found himself unemployed in 2020. Due to his past experiences with unemployment insurance and the unpredictable nature of contract work in the entertainment industry, Greg found himself in a unique position to answer people's questions about unemployment. After he became involved with the Facebook group started by Erica Chan, Greg and the other group moderators were able to help thousands of fellow Californians navigate unemployment.
Now, Greg has joined Unemployment Gurus to add his knowledge and experience to the team. Together with the other Gurus, Greg is here to help individuals get the aid they need in these trying times.
A huge part of my life has always been about helping others, even if that is just with a smile and an encouraging, uplifting word. I have either worked in customer service positions or independent gigs that usually involve serving others. I am all about being with people and having that shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen, or a heart to cry with. I love people!
I live in Las Vegas and as with many in 2020, I found myself permanently laid off from the casino industry. Thanks to my normal entrepreneurial personality, I eventually fell into the opportunity of helping others navigate the Nevada DETR system and helping them fix their unemployment issues.
Most of my days are lived with gratitude and laughter. I'm incredibly bubbly and friendly; I've never met a stranger in my life. Remaining social and helpful to others helps keep me positive and recharged. I'm usually the person in the room with the loudest laugh and the brightest colored attire; fitting for a social butterfly🦋.
I majored in psychology and neurochemistry, and I love a good "puzzle" to analyze and solve. I look forward to hopefully being able to solve the mystery of your unemployment claim!!