Updated: Feb 9, 2021
I'm on PUA/PEUC ... what's phase 2?
EDD indicated that those who had zero balance on or prior to 12/27/20 will be part of phase 2
Phase 1 were those who had a remaining balance on 12/27/20
Updates on Phase 2 - extended benefits for PUA/PEUC
Notifications for these claimants will be sent next week
Notification will say to look for the chance to start certifying by March 7, 2021
This will come via emails, text, or mailed notice
Any phase 1 updates?
Phase 1 roll-out has been completed
EDD continues to do sweeps for those who are about to run out
Pending Status Updates
If you have a pending status this is based on eligibility issues in the week-by-week unemployment insurance program.
EDD is required to return to conducting phone interviews to investigate eligibility
Because of the pandemic, looking for work is not required, but being able and available to accept work if offered is.
Suspended claims updates
There were 1.4 million claims identified as potentially fraudulent. You could have been:
Notified of disqualification and appeal rights
Directed to confirm eligibility through questionnaire
Mailed paper requests for identity verification
Asked to validate ID through ID.me (majority of claims identified as fraudulent)
I've verified... I don't see any changes on my account, why?
It takes 7-10 days to determine whether or not you meet all other eligibility requirements
How can I avoid delays in verifying my identity?
Make sure information matches. You would be surprised how many people mess up one number or letter. This has happened with EDD claims as well. Make sure to check your name, date of birth, and social security number matches information on file with the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). For example, if you changed your name but DID NOT notify the DMV... you should have whatever matches with the DMV information.
Provide correct documentation. DO NOT provide expired documents! Make sure they have the correct name or date of birth. This even includes double checking your own birth certificate.
Why was I unsuccessful in verifying my identity?
It could be because:
Submitting unreadable photo
Submitting a phone number that is not associated with the individual's name or address
Credit report is locked, frozen, or contains erroneous information
Individuals are already verified identity with ID.me or had an error or typo on their submission
Newsletter reminds people other eligibility requirements are still in effect:
In order to qualify for an initial claim, one must have earned minimum amount of wages over the last 18 months, but unemployed or working less hours through no fault of there own
After starting a claim, you have to fill out the bi-weekly certification to certify that you are eligible to collect benefits every two weeks
Eligibility for bi-weekly certification includes:
Being able and available or work. If you were too sick or had other reasons for not accepting work, EDD must follow up with a phone interview to determine eligibility for that period (the week you certify that you are not able/available)
Being willing to accept suitable work. If you refuse a job offer in the individual's customary occupation, a phone interview will be conducted
Reporting any work or earnings. You must tell EDD if you worked at al ldurin gthe bi-weekly period and provide any gross earnings. To understand the math here is another article that explains it in depth.
More on bi-weekly certification here
Additional links & sources:
More information on ID.me
Verifying identity through a video call (PDF)
2/5/21 EDD News release here
Full news release here
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