Updated: Feb 9, 2021
Full EDD news release here. Summary below.
Federal government and Congress has not passed anything
Any weeks that are eligible between March 29, 2020 and July 25, 2020 will receive the additional $600 (which means if you certify for older weeks although TODAY may be a date past July 25 -- you will still receive benefits + $600)
New things with EDD
Email notifications will be sent to claimants with active claims to remind you to certify
New phone menu when you call the technical phone line (more info here)
EDD Calling Upgrade: when EDD calls it'll show "St of CA EDD" or the UI call center number 833-978-2511 instead of blocked or unknown
Additional useful links newsletter includes:
EDD warns of UI Fraud
Be diligent and look out for the following suspicious activities:
Receiving communications regarding unemployment insurance forms when you have not applied for UI benefits
Any fees involved in filling or qualifying for UI benefits. EDD does not charge for services associated with unemployment benefits
Unsolicited inquiries related to UI benefits
Fictitious websites and social media pages mimicking those of government agencies
People approaching you and claiming to be EDD reps -- the department will not send staff to your home asking for your personal identifying information
SIDE NOTE: This website is not affiliated with EDD at all. Just here to try and help you decipher their confusing newsletters and convoluted website.
Employers: Reimbursable financial break from Federal Government
New legislation (S.4209) changes the way employers, including non-profit organizations, will be charged for UI benefits paid to employees during this pandemic
Instead of employers paying 100% of the costs, the federal government will pick up half the costs and reimbursable employers will be charged for remainder of the bill
EDD is waiting guidance from US Department of Labor
Other questions that have been asked
Will the extension backdate? Will it be 70% of wages? Will it be $400?
Anything related to what the stimulus package includes -- we have NO IDEA until it officially passes. Good news is that the Senate seems to be a little more open to the idea of the $600
One article referencing that here
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Tools & Resources:
NEW: direct Unemployment Guru Help
We are now servicing people who have claims that have been stuck for months or those who need assistance with appeals. If you have other questions you can ask in our forum which we check periodically.
Tools & Calculators
Unemployment Gurus has tools and calculators to figure out those really confusing questions:
How much can I earn and still qualify for the FPUC $300 from the new stimulus?
Do I qualify for FED-ED?
How much will I get if I work?
What is my standard base period?
Do I qualify for LWA?
Am I eligible for UI?
Preview tools here
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