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FAQs for base periods here

Calculator for base periods here

What is a standard/alternate base period?

  • This is how EDD calculates how much money you are qualified to receive

  • They take the standard base period and calculate all your earnings and base your award amount/weekly benefit amount on your highest earning quarter

  • If you do not earn enough wages in your standard base period, they will look at your alternate base period

What is FED-ED?

  • The Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) extension provides up to 20 weeks of additional benefits for people who used al of their unemployment benefits

  • FED-ED also adds 7 weeks to the PUA program, making PUA a maximum of 46 weeks

  • FED-ED can only be paid only after people have collected all regular UI benefits as well as PEUC (Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation)

  • FED-ED will continue until California's unemployment rate drops below a certain level -- there is no end date for the extended benefit period as of now

What makes me eligible?

  • If you are unemployed and you:

  • Have a regular UI claim that started on or after May 19, 2019

  • Used all benefits on UI claim and PEUC, or your claim has expired

  • Do not qualify for new UI claim in CA or any other state

  • Meet UI eligible requirements and are not disqualified

  • Made enough earnings in the base period of your regular UI claim (use calculator)

I qualify. What do I need to do next?

  • If you are eligible, EDD will automatically file FED-ED extension after you collect all PEUC benefits

  • PEUC will end December 31, 2020 -- in that case, if FED-ED benefits are still available they put you on FED-ED automatically

  • Look for a Notice of Determination for Federal-State Extended Duration Benefits (Fed-ED Extension) (DE 6330FED-E) within 5-7 days. This will include effective date of the extension, eligibility requirements and potential benefit amounts.

What do I do if I'm not eligible?

There are one of two things that you can do:


1. You can appeal the decision

  • You will be mailed a Notice of Determination for Federal-State Extended Duration Benefits (FED-ED Extension) (DE 6330FED-E) within 5-7 days. It will explain why you are not eligible and will include information how to appeal.

  • FAQcaui has additional advice for appealing here


2. You will automatically be put on PUA

  • EDD will either open a new PUA claim for you, or put you on your old PUA claim if you had one in the past

  • You will be sent a notice of Immediate Action Required - Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Self-Certification (DE 4365PUA).

  • You must very that you meet PUA eligibility requirements: unemployed, partially unemployed, unable or unavailable to work due to one of the federally recognized COVID-19 reasons.

  • If you do not complete and return the form within 10 days, your PUA benefits may be delayed or denied

What does the maximum benefit amount depend on?

It depends on your last regular UI claim. Your maximum benefit amount will be the lesser of two situations:

  1. 50% of the maximum benefit amount of your UI claim

  2. 13x the weekly benefit amount


In your old claim, you had a weekly benefit amount of 400 and had a maximum benefit amount of 8,800.

Example 1: 50% of 8,800 = 4,400

Example 2: 13 x $400 = 5,200


Your maximum benefit amount will be 4,400 since it is the lesser of the two.


This example taken straight from EDD website here.


I got paid FED-ED benefits between March 29 and July 25 -- will I still get the additional $600?

  • Yes, EDD will pay the federal stimulus fund on top of your weekly benefit amount. It will be automatically added to each eligible weeks

For FED-ED, is there a one-week waiting period with no pay?

  • No, there is no waiting period due to the pandemic


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