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UI or PUA?

Updated: Feb 10

Things to know:

  • If you qualify for regular UI benefits, you cannot qualify for PUA.

  • You cannot be on both UI and PUA

  • If EDD has wages reported from an employer over the last 18 months that would qualify you for a regular UI claim, then the EDD is required by law to proceed with a regular UI claim for you -- this is unfortunate for those who qualify barely with very little W2 income, but that is what they are required to do by law

What should I do if I don’t know if I am eligible for UI or PUA?

  • UI Online has ONE application portal for both UI and PUA programs. Based on your responses as well as wage information reported to the EDD, the EDD will determine if your claim is processed as a regular UI claim or a PUA claim.

I definitely qualify for PUA but I still have nothing, why?

  • If you are eligible for PUA and you applied before April 28, you need to apply again. PUA applications were not available until then.



What are the things that make me eligible?

  • Eligibility for PUA here

  • Eligibility for regular UI here


Other FAQ's

What if I'm out of work due to COVID-19, have a small amount of W2, large amount of self-employment. Can I not declare W2 wages and just rely on self-employment to get PUA?

  • No, if EDD has wages reported from an employer over the last 18 months that would qualify you for a regular UI claim, then the EDD is required by law to proceed with a regular UI claim for you.

What should I do if I believe I am an employee (and was misclassified as an independent contractor) but my claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits was denied because I have insufficient earnings?