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
If your employer reduces your hours or shuts down operations due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to file a UI claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced. In addition, if you cannot work because of school closures and you have to take care of children, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. File a UI claim, and EDD representatives will determine if you are eligible. The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim. There are multiple ways to apply for unemployment insurance:
- Online. EDD is currently experiencing an increased volume of claims filed; the fastest method to apply for unemployment insurance is online. Click here to apply online.
- Telephone. If you do not need to speak with an EDD representative, call the UI Self-Service Phone Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-333-4606. For technical assistance, call the following numbers Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. to 12 noon (Pacific Time), except on California state holidays:
- English: 1-800-300-5616
- Spanish: 1-800-326-8937
- Cantonese 1-800-547-3506
- Mandarin 1-866-303-0706
- Vietnamese 1-800-547-2058
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All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.Please read our press release to learn more, including how to get help from the Social Security Administration by phone and online.
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The Verdugo Jobs Center/Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program in collaboration with the Employment Development Department (EDD), Glendale Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), and State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) would like to invite you to the 3rd Annual Disability Resource Fair on October 23, 2019.
The Disability Resource Fair is featuring the State Council on Developmental Disability (SCDD) who will be presenting a film clip highlighting employed people with disabilities’ success stories and sharing other resources to encourage and empower the disabled population within the community to return to the workforce
When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 10AM-12 NOON
Where: 1255 South Central Ave., Glendale, CA 91204