Updated: Feb 9, 2021
Updates on $300 Lost Wages Assistance (LWA)
Phase 1 - EDD plans to complete by early next week for the weeks between July 26 and August 15 -- this means three weeks total, not the five CA was awarded
Phase 2 - This is in process. Claimants need to self-attest that their partial or full unemployment is related to COVID-19. CHECK YOUR ONLINE PORTAL. They are also sending notifications by e-mail, text, and mailed notices.
REMINDER: What makes you eligible are THREE things:
Minimum of $100 or more weekly benefit award. If you're weekly benefit award on your main page is less than $100 - you do not qualify. Sorry :(
Received payment on claim between July 26 and August 15
Must self-attest that you are unemployed/partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19
NOTE: If you worked between July 26 and August 15 -- as long as you received $1 from your UI benefits, you will get the LWA (assuming you meet the other eligibility requirements)
Why am I not seeing any payments?
If you had excessive earnings, were fully employed, or disqualified -- YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR LWA
I thought CA got approved for five weeks?
They are distributing the first three weeks. Certification weeks ending August 22 and August 29 will be issued later. CA is also pending a sixth week approval.
Everything you need to know about the LWA here, including eligibility, etc
Fraud is still rampant, but EDD is working on solving the issue. See more in the full article here.
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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