There has been an important change to Unemployment Insurance (UI) that the Labor Secretary announced yesterday. The Employment Development Department (EDD) has updated its website to reflect the latest changes for UI claimants (https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/certify.htm):
Certifying for Weeks Ending March 14 through May 9, 2020
Based on the persistent inability of claimants to access the UI OnlineSM system during this time period, if your UI benefit certification form has dates for weeks ending March 14 through May 9, you do notneed to certify or recertify for UI benefits. For these weeks, this means:
· After you initiate your UI claim and are determined eligible, you do not need to provide any certification for your first benefit payment or continuing biweekly payments.
· You will automatically receive your benefits, unless you have an existing disqualification or pending issue.
· You will be required to provide information to the EDD if you worked during any of these weeks.
· The failure to provide the EDD with information that you worked during these weeks may result in an overpayment that the EDD must later recover.
In the steps for receiving UI benefits, this means after you apply (Step 1), EDD will take care of Step 2 for you for the weeks ending March 14 through May 9, based on the persistent inability of claimants to access the UI Online system during this time period. You will be required to inform the EDD if you work during these weeks through Ask EDD by selecting Unemployment Insurance Benefits, then Payments, a