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More Relief Assistance from California EDD Coming April 28, 2020 Much anticipated, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance will be open for Applications online starting on Tuesday April 28, 2020. The website for applications is www.edd.ca.gov.
You can qualify if you don’t qualify for regular UI benefits in California or another state and also do not qualify for State Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave benefits. This includes:
- Business owners
- Self-employed individuals - Independent contractors
You can also be eligible if you qualified for regular UI benefits, but have collected all benefits for which you are eligible.
If you are not a citizen of the United States, you cannot be paid PUA benefits unless you were legally permitted to work in the United States at the time such services were performed. In addition, you must be authorized to work for any week of PUA benefits claimed to be eligible for payments.
You must also meet one of the following criteria:
- You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are seeking a medical diagnosis. - You are unable to work because a health care provider advised you to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19. - A member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19. - You are providing care for a family member or a member of your household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. - A child or other person in the household for whom you have primary caregiving responsibility is unable to attend school or another facility that is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 and the school or facility care is required for you to work. - You became the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19. - You have to quit your job as a direct result of COVID-19. - Your place of employment is closed as a direct result of COVID-19. - You were scheduled to start a job that is now unavailable as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. - You are unable to reach the place of employment as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. - If you work as an independent contractor with reportable income, you may also qualify for PUA benefits if you are unemployed, partially employed, or unable or unavailable to work because the COVID-19 public health emergency has severely limited your ability to continue performing your customary work activities, and has thereby forced you to stop working.
Benefit Payments In order to provide benefits as quickly as possible, payments will be issued in phases. If you qualify for PUA, and depending on the effective date of your PUA claim, the initial payments you will receive are as follows: Phase 1: $167 per week for each week you were unemployed from February 2, 2020 to March 28, 2020 due to a COVID-19 related reason. Phase 2: $167 plus $600 per week for each week you were unemployed from March 29, 2020 to July 25, 2020, due to a COVID-19 related reason.
Phase 3: $167 per week, for each week from July 26, 2020 to December 26, 2020, that you are unemployed due to a COVID-19 related reason, up to a total of 39 weeks (minus any weeks of regular UI and certain extended UI benefits that you have received).
Note: If you qualify for your claim to be backdated to an earlier PUA effective date based on your last day of work, you could receive payment for prior weeks you were unemployed due to COVID-19.
You will be required to “certify” for your benefit payment. Certifying is the process of answering basic questions every two weeks that tells us you’re still unemployed and otherwise eligible to continue receiving biweekly payments.
NEW: Technical Assistance Hotline and Hours from EDD Help is now available 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm – at 1-833-978-2511.
- Technical Help - Password Resets - UI Online Questions - General Information - EDD Customer Account Numbers
You can also email WSBStocktonFieldOffice@edd.ca.gov Please allow up to 72 hours for a response.
Resources for Technology
We are all now suddenly extremely reliant on our technology, devices and programs. In the midst of this, we are having to rapidly learn new skills, and accommodate daily changes. On top of this challenge we are also dealing with loss of income and ability to make payments. Now more than ever we must ask for assistance. Many vital service providers, like phone, internet, power and utilities are offering deferred payments, no late fees, and no shut off for non-payment. However, customers must contact these organizations and report that they have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Cell Phones Verizon, AT&T, T Mobile are all offering programs for customers affected by COVID-19 and the economic impacts of Stay at Home orders. Contact your provider and find out what their policy is.
Laptops and Tablets California schools are providing families with school children free laptops. Supportive Services through programs such as ours- Mother Lode Job Training, County Social Services or Health and Human Services, local charities like St Vincent De Paul, Catholic Charities, Interfaith, Community Action Agencies MAY have programs to assist with the purchase of computers for being able to work remotely.