Tip of the Week Archive
- Week of May 13, 2013
File for Paid Family Leave (PFL) through State Disability Insurance (SDI) Online
Use SDI Online to file for PFL. SDI Online is convenient and secure. The system reduces claim processing time, provides immediate electronic confirmation of forms submitted, decreases costs in paper and postage, and includes security safeguards to detect and manage fraud abuse.
For more information, visit the SDI Online page.
- Week of May 6, 2013
Employers: Avoid Late Penalties on your Payroll Tax Deposits
Employer contributions of Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Employment Training Tax (ETT) are due quarterly. Monies withheld from employees’ wages for State Disability Insurance (SDI) and California Personal Income Tax (PIT) may need to be deposited more often. The deposit frequency is based on your federal deposit schedule/requirement and the amount of accumulated PIT withheld. If the PIT withheld exceeds $350, you may be required make deposits more frequently.
For additional information, visit the Timely Payroll Tax Deposits page.
- Week of April 29, 2013
Certify for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits Online Using EDD Web-CertSM
EDD Web-CertSM allows most UI claimants to certify online instead of mailing their paper Continued Claim form (DE 4581). Using EDD Web-CertSM makes it faster and easier to receive your UI benefit payments by:
- Reducing common errors that can occur when submitting paper forms.
- Shortening processing time.
- Saving on postage costs and eliminating mailing delays.
EDD Web-CertSM is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Start using it today by visiting
the EDD Web-CertSM page.
- Week of April 22, 2013
Use the New Sequestration Reduction Calculator for Federal Extension Benefits.
Are you currently on Federal Extension Benefits? The Sequestration Reduction Calculator estimates what your federal extension weekly benefit amount will be after the 17.69 percent sequestration cut. Enter in your current weekly benefit amount and select the “Calculate” button.
The cut will be implemented when an individual ends their current tier and becomes eligible to receive benefits on the next extension tier filed with an effective date of April 28, 2013, or after. For more info:
- Week of April 15, 2013
Connect with the EDD
There are several ways to connect with the EDD:
- Contact Us: If you have questions about your specific account, claim, or a question for the EDD, you can send a message online, call one of our toll-free numbers, visit a local office, or send us mail.
- Find us on Social Media: We post program information and important updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages. On our YouTube Channel, you can watch many informational videos.
- Get E-mail Notices: The EDD’s e-mail subscription service provides our customers with the latest news about EDD programs and services.
For more information, visit our Connect with the EDD page.
- Week of April 8, 2013
Retrieving your Username and Password on CalJOBSSM
If you are an Unemployment Insurance claimant required to register in CalJOBSSM and the system indicates that you are already registered, please follow the steps below to retrieve your username and password:
- Select the “Forgot Username/Password?” link located on top right of the CalJOBSSM home page.
- Under “Option 3 – Forgot Username and Password,” select the “retrieve both” link.
- Select “Individual” and then select the “Next” button.
- Enter your information: First Name, Last Name, ZIP Code and Date of Birth.
- Select the “Verify” button.
- Answer the security question, and then select the “Verify” button.
For more information, visit the New CalJOBSSM page.
- Week of April 1, 2013
Employers: Did you know you must report newly hired and rehired employees within 20 days of their start-of-work date?
An employer is required to report information on newly hired or rehired employees who work in California to the EDD’s New Employee Registry (NER) by filing a Report of New Employee(s) (DE 34). Please refer to the Information Sheet: Reporting New Employees and Independent Contractors (DE 231Y) for more information.
- Week of March 25, 2013
Employers: Did You Know the EDD Offers No-fee Payroll Tax Seminars in Partnership with Other Tax Agencies?
The EDD offers a variety of no-fee payroll tax seminars to help employers comply with payroll tax laws. Classroom seminars are conducted at several locations throughout California. Some seminars, presented in partnership with federal or state agencies, provide information on related federal tax and labor law topics. Topics include: federal and state reporting requirements, wage and hour regulations and payroll tax requirements. For more information on dates, locations, and registration, visit the Payroll Tax Seminars page.
- Week of March 18, 2013
The New CalJOBSSM
The Employment Development Department (EDD) is pleased to introduce the New CalJOBSSM, the newly redesigned online resource to help job seekers and employers navigate California’s workforce services by providing employment and labor market information for the State of California. Currently registered CalJOBSSM users can access the New CalJOBSSM with your current Username and Password. Visit the New CalJOBSSM page for more information.
- Week of March 11, 2013
Bond with Your New Child and Receive Paid Family Leave Benefits
You may be eligible for up to six weeks of benefits for a Paid Family Leave (PFL) bonding claim with your child. The eligibility period to bond starts the day the new child comes into your family through birth, adoption, or foster care placement and expires 12 months from that date. A PFL bonding claim must be submitted within that first 12-month period the child is in the family.
- Week of March 4, 2013
Employers: Did You Know You Can Manage Your Payroll Tax Account Online?
e-Services for Business is a fast, easy, and secure way to manage your payroll tax account online. Enrolling online is a simple, one-time process. You can register for an employer payroll tax account number, file returns and reports, make payroll tax deposits, find your rates, update your business information, and more. Enroll and use e-Services for Business today!
- Week of February 25, 2013
State Disability Insurance (SDI) Online Tip Sheet for Claimants
The Employment Development Department (EDD) has helpful tips available to assist claimants in registering for an account on SDI Online and filing a Disability Insurance (DI) or Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. The SDI Online Tip Sheet for Claimants has a list of things you will need when registering for an account or filing a claim online as well as what you’ll need to do after filing your claim. You can also visit the SDI Online page for more information.
- Week of February 18, 2013
I have a receipt number for submitting my Disability Insurance claim through SDI Online, what do I do now?
Keep your receipt number for future reference. The receipt number means you have successfully submitted your claim through SDI Online. You will need the receipt number to view the claim information that was submitted online, although it will not be required to log in. If your physician/practitioner is also filling their portion online, you will need to provide them with the receipt number.
You may log in to your account to check the status of your claim at any time. The majority of claims are being processed/paid within the required 14 day timeframe. The remaining claims which typically require additional investigation are generally processed within 30 days. Visit the SDI Online FAQs page for more information.
- Week of February 11, 2013
State Disability Insurance (SDI) Online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New SDI Online FAQs have been developed to better assist our customers. Find the answers to questions like:
- What are the benefits of SDI Online?
- Are customers still able to file a paper form?
- What if my doctor is not using SDI Online yet?
- I am having difficulties accessing SDI Online. What do I do?
Visit the SDI Online FAQs page to obtain more information about our new online service.
- Week of February 4, 2013
State Disability Insurance (SDI) Online is Now Available for Physicians/Practitioners
State Disability Insurance (SDI) Online is now available for claimants, physicians/practitioners, employers, and voluntary plan administrators. Physicians/practitioners are able to electronically certify to their patients’ disability and submit patient’s medical information through this secure online site. The option to certify online provides expedited claim processing for their patients. Effective March 1, 2013, claims may be filed online or by ordering new forms available on the EDD’s website. For more information, visit the SDI Online page.
- Week of January 28, 2013
How do I restart my UI Claim after I was not paid benefits for a period of time?
You must reopen your current claim or file a new claim when you have not been paid Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits for one or more weeks and a claim form was not issued for the week for which you want to receive benefits. You may use the online eApply4UI application to reopen your claim or to file a new claim, or you may contact EDD by phone using EDD’s toll-free phone numbers. Claim forms will be issued to you after the claim is reopened or the new claim is filed.
- Week of January 21, 2013
New Claim for Disability Insurance Benefits, DE 2501 Form
The Employment Development Department (EDD) implemented a new electronic claim filing system, State Disability Insurance (SDI) Online. The system provides an option to submit claims and forms electronically. Effective March 1, 2013, Disability Insurance Claims can only be filed electronically using SDI Online, or on the newly designed form, the Claim for Disability Insurance Benefits, DE 2501 Rev. 78 (4-12). For more information, visit the New Claim for Disability Insurance Benefits page.
- Week of January 14, 2013
SDI Online Tutorials
The EDD has developed online tutorials to help guide you through SDI Online. The tutorials cover how to register as a claimant, how to file for a Disability Insurance (DI) claim, how to file for a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim, how to register and certify as a physician/practitioner, and how to register and certify as a physician/practitioner representative. For more information, visit the SDI Online Tutorials page.
- Week of January 7, 2013
SDI Online Tips for Physicians and Practitioners
The EDD has developed an online tip sheet to assist physicians and practitioners when using SDI Online. The tip sheet will provide information to help physicians and practitioners to create an SDI Online account and to file physician/practitioner certifications for Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) claims. View the SDI Online Tips for Physicians and Practitioners online for more information.
- Week of December 31, 2012
Additional Resources are Available to Assist You
The EDD offers information about programs that are available that can provide assistance to you and your family. You may qualify to receive food assistance, medical care and healthcare coverage, low-cost car insurance, housing resources, and more. Visit the Additional Resources page for information and links to other websites that may help you.
- Week of December 17, 2012
State Disability Insurance (SDI) Online
The EDD recently launched SDI Online which allows State Disability Insurance customers to file claims using the Internet. During the transition from the manual process to the SDI Online system, customers may experience delays. To expedite the process, SDI customers and medical practitioners are strongly encouraged to register and use SDI Online. If a claim must be filed by mail, you can order the Claim for Disability Insurance Benefits (DE2501) form on the Online Forms and Publications page.
- Week of December 10, 2012
The Last Payable Week for Federal UI Extension Benefits
The Federal Unemployment Insurance (UI) Extensions are coming to an end. Unless the U.S. Congress decides to further extend these additional benefits, the last payable week for Federal UI Extension benefits is the week ending December 29, 2012. Even if you have a remaining balance on your federal extension claim, you will not receive extended benefits past the December 29th week ending date. The EDD has sent out notices to claimants who may be affected by the end of these extension benefits. If there are any new developments regarding these extensions, the Federal Unemployment Extensions page will be updated with any new information.
- Week of December 3, 2012
Federal Extensions of Unemployment Benefits Coming to an End
As part of the efforts of the EDD to alert unemployed Californians about the scheduled upcoming end to federal extensions of unemployment benefits, EDD spokesperson, Loree Levy interviewed with the Los Angeles Times on a live web chat about the issue. The interview, Long-term Jobless Face Benefits Loss with Fiscal Cliff, discusses how the federal extensions are part of the “fiscal cliff” situation, notices the EDD is sending to claimants, and the availability of assistance through various social services. The EDD estimates close to 400,000 Californians will face a sudden cut-off in these federal extension benefit payments unless Congress and the President take further action. For more information about the end of federal unemployment insurance extensions, visit the New Developments on Federal Unemployment Extensions page.
- Week of November 26, 2012
Did you know the Federal Unemployment Insurance Extensions are set to end?
After four-and-a-half years, federally extended unemployment benefits are set to end. Unless the U.S. Congress takes action to further extend the additional benefits, the last week federal extensions can be paid is for the week-ending December 29, 2012. That is regardless of any remaining balance someone may have on their federal extension claim. The EDD is sending out notices and working to ensure all claimants are aware of the situation so they can plan accordingly. The EDD will be closely monitoring discussions in Washington D.C. We encourage you to watch for further updates on the EDD website and visit our Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information visit the New Developments on Federal Unemployment Extensions page.
- Week of November 19, 2012
SDI Online is available to employers.
Employers may now access and submit electronic forms through SDI Online. Employers will need to register for an account before accessing the system. To register, visit SDI Online.
- Week of November 12, 2012
EDD reminds veterans of available benefits and resources
In honor of Veterans Day, the EDD wants California veterans to be aware of the services available to help them with employment and career opportunities, training, and other benefits and resources. The Services for Veterans page on EDD’s website provides information about specialized services at local One-Stop Career Centers, job fairs and workshops, and access to a new interactive tool called Vets101. It gives veterans quick access to details about employment and benefits to help with critical decision-making after military service. For more information visit the Services for Veterans page or check out Vets101.
- Week of November 5, 2012
Are you looking for an EDD form or publication?
Check out the newly redesigned Online Forms and Publications page of the EDD website. You can use the Form Locator to search for forms and publications by keyword, program, customer type, and category. Forms and publications may be viewed (downloaded and/or printed) and some forms can be ordered in single or bulk quantities. Just look for the quantity box in the “order” column. Visit the Online Forms and Publications page to find the EDD form or publication you need.
- Week of October 29, 2012
What is the Joint Enforcement Strike Force (JESF)?
The JESF is a coalition of California State government agencies that work together to combat the underground economy to ensure a level playing field for California businesses. Visit the JESF page for more information on how you can play a part in protecting workers, consumers, and businesses that operate fairly.
- Week of October 22, 2012
SDI Online is available to physicians/practitioners
Physicians/Practitioners may now certify their patient’s disability online. When physicians/practitioners log in to the system to certify a patient, they will need their patient’s last name and receipt number. To learn more, visit SDI Online.
- Week of October 15, 2012
Can I file a claim for Disability Insurance (DI) or Paid Family Leave (PFL) online?
Yes. To file a DI or PFL claim online, complete the one-time registration using the corresponding link below. Once registered, you will be able to file a DI or PFL claim, access personal claim information, and view payment history. To register, visit SDI Online.
- Week of October 8, 2012
The California Training Benefits Program
The California Training Benefits (CTB) program allows you to continue to receive your Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits while attending school or training if you are determined eligible for the program by the EDD. There are two types of CTB criteria the EDD uses to determine CTB eligibility, which is outlined in the CTB Program Fact Sheet. If eligible for the CTB program, you are not required to seek or accept work during the period of approved training.
Watch the Learn about California Training Benefits video for more information about the program.
- Week of October 1, 2012
Employers - File and pay your payroll taxes online with e-Services for Business
Did you know you can manage your payroll tax account online through e-Services for Business? File reports, make deposits, find your rates, update your business information, or inactivate your account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Enroll in e-Services for Business today!
- Week of September 24, 2012
Services for Older Workers:
The One-Stop Career Centers offer employment services tailored to those job seekers who are over 40 years of age and encountering obstacles finding a job. Check out training, laws protecting older workers, and other resources on the EDD’s Services for Older Workers page.
- Week of September 17, 2012
Certify for UI Benefits Online or by Phone
Did you know you can certify for UI benefits online or by phone by using EDD WebCertSM or EDD TeleCertSM instead of mailing your paper continued claim form? Both of these services are free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Need help filling out your claim form? Watch the How to Complete the Continued Claim Form video.
- Week of September 10, 2012
How do you determine your weekly benefit amount for State Disability Insurance (SDI)?
Your SDI weekly benefit amount is calculated using a base period. This base period covers 12 months and is divided into four consecutive quarters of three months each. The wages you were paid approximately 5 to 17 months before the disability claim begins are included in the base period (they must have been subject to the SDI tax). Your base period does not include wages paid at the time your disability begins. For more detailed information, visit the Disability Insurance Benefits Amounts page.
- Week of September 3, 2012
Interested in the local labor market of a particular area in California?
Get an overview of an area’s labor market using the Local Area Profile under Labor Market Info. Find out about the industries and occupations in that area, the outlook for economic growth, wages and salaries, job growth, and more. Visit the Local Area Profile page under Labor Market Info for more information.
- Week of August 27, 2012
Did you know the EDD offers no-fee payroll tax seminars in partnership with other tax agencies?
The EDD offers a variety of no-fee payroll tax seminars at many locations throughout California to assist employers in complying with payroll tax laws. Some seminars are presented in partnership with federal or state agencies to provide information on related federal tax and labor law topics. The Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar discusses federal and state reporting requirements. The State Labor Law and Payroll Tax Seminar offers information on wage and hour regulations and payroll tax requirements. For more information on dates, locations, and registration, visit the Payroll Tax Classroom Seminars page.
- Week of August 20, 2012
The EDD’s YouTube Channel
The California EDD’s YouTube Channel features several important and informative videos to help our customers. Find in-depth information on how to use the EDD Debit Card, learn about California Training Benefits, information on how to apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, and more.
- Week of August 13, 2012
Are you between the ages of 15 and 25 and need help finishing high school, college, or finding a job?
The Employment Development Department’s Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP) assists California’s youth population in achieving their educational and vocational goals. YEOP services include peer advising, referrals to supportive services, life and career enhancing workshops, job leads and placement assistance, interaction with other youth with similar life experiences, and access to training and community outreach efforts. Contact a local YEOP Specialist at a local One-Stop Career Center.
- Week of August 6, 2012
General Information in Spanish Available on the EDD Website
Did you know there are EDD Web pages available in Spanish? Find information about Unemployment Insurance, State Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave, and the EDD Debit CardSM on the Información General en Español page.
- Week of July 30, 2012
Disability Insurance and Part-Time, Intermittent, or Reduced Work Schedules
If you are a part-time worker, or your hours or wages are reduced as the result of a disability, you may be eligible to receive Disability Insurance (DI).
For more information:
- Week of July 23, 2012
The EDD, Facebook, and Twitter
Simply select one of these links:
- Week of July 16, 2012
Employers: Make sure to respond to Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claim Notices
The EDD relies on employers to respond to various UI Claim Notices in order to assist the EDD in determining eligibility for UI benefits for their former employees. These notices are time sensitive and a timely response can help employers to manage their reserve accounts. UI Claim Notices employers may receive include: Notice of Unemployment Insurance Claim Filed (DE 1101 C/Z), Notice of Wages Used for Unemployment Insurance Claim (DE 1545), Benefit Audit (DE 1296B) and New Employee Registry (NER) Benefit Audit (DE 1296NER). For more information, please visit the Responding to UI Claim Notices page.
- Week of July 9, 2012
Did you know Paid Family Leave may be able to help you when you need to care for a family member?
If you need to provide care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, or registered domestic partner, and are currently employed or seeking work, you may be eligible for Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits. PFL is a component of State Disability Insurance (SDI) and provides up to six weeks of benefits for qualified individuals. For more information visit the EDD website: About the Paid Family Leave, Eligibility, or How to File a Claim online.
- Week of July 2, 2012
File your unemployment insurance claim online using eApply4UI
You can file your unemployment insurance claim online by accessing eApply4UI at any time, at your convenience, in English or Spanish. It is the secure and reliable way to file your claim.
For more information on eApply4UI or other ways to file:
- Week of June 25, 2012
What Are State Payroll Taxes?
California has four state payroll taxes which are administered by the Employment Development Department (EDD). They are Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Employment Training Tax (ETT), which are employer contributions, and State Disability Insurance (SDI) and Personal Income Tax (PIT), which are withheld from employees’ wages.
Wages are generally subject to all four payroll taxes. However, some types of employment are not subject to payroll taxes and/or PIT withholding. For more information, please refer to the California Employer’s Guide (DE 44).
- Week of June 18, 2012
The EDD Debit CardSM Features
The EDD has worked with Bank of America to ensure our customers have access to the latest services available to assist with managing their EDD Debit CardSM account. The EDD Debit CardSM allows you to have access to your funds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. You can use it to make purchases or withdraw the cash. You can also set up direct deposit transfers to your checking or savings account. Check out all the great features available at the Bank of America EDD Debit CardSM website.
- Week of June 11, 2012
Are you out of work due to a nonwork-related injury, illness, or pregnancy related condition?
Disability Insurance (DI) provides partial wage replacement to eligible workers who are unable to work because of a disability. Workers must be either employed or actively seeking work at the time the disability begins and must have contributed to the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program through payroll deductions in a certain period of time. Please visit the DI eligibility and benefits FAQ pages for more information.
- Week of June 4, 2012
Frequently asked questions about unemployment extensions.
If you are on an unemployment extension, check out these most frequently asked questions about extended unemployment benefits. You’ll get answers to:
- Who is eligible for federal extension benefits?
- If I run out of my regular UI benefits, how do I file the first federal extension that’s been available?
- What are the deadlines?
- Do I need to reapply for the second, third, and fourth federal extensions?
Visit the FAQ – Extended Unemployment Benefits page for the answers to these questions and other frequently asked questions.
- Week of May 28, 2012
Veterans receive priority in employment-related services
The EDD Veterans Programs strive to increase employment and career opportunities for veterans in California. Eligible veterans receive priority services in job and training referrals. For more information check out the Veterans are a Priority brochure or visit the Services for Veterans page.
- Week of May 21, 2012
Online Services for Our Customers
The EDD has several online services to better serve our customers:
- Claimants: Apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits via eApply4UI and certify for UI benefits via EDD Web-CertSM.
- Employers and Payroll Agents: Register your business, make tax payments, manage your payroll tax accounts, and more via e-Services for Business.
- Job Seekers: Visit the Online Job Center for a variety of employment and training services.
- Everyone: Submit your questions or comments via Ask EDD.
- Week of May 14, 2012
Services for Youth
The Employment Development Department offers the youth of California several programs and services for the successful transition from school to gainful employment. Find details about the Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP), career information and resources, employment and work experience, and education and training programs on the Services for Youth page.
- Week of May 7, 2012
Explore different careers in California using the EDD’s California Occupational Guides
The California Occupational Guides can help you explore and learn about new careers. You can search by keyword or by topic to find jobs by location, top pay, jobs with the most openings, and even match jobs to your interests. When reviewing the different occupations in your area, information may include:
- Job tasks and training requirements
- California licensing information
- Working conditions
- Local benefits and wages
- Links to possible employers in your area
- Ways to find a job
- Associations and agencies to contact
- Week of April 30, 2012
The EDD and Social Media
The Employment Development Department (EDD) through social media ensures that the most current and accurate information is reaching the widest possible base of our customers. Get the latest info on the Federal Unemployment Extensions, upcoming job fairs and workshops, and more.
- Week of April 23, 2012
Did you know that the EDD provides information about additional resources that may assist you?
While the EDD provides services such as Unemployment and Disability Insurance, EDD also offers information about other resources available such as: food assistance, medical care and healthcare coverage, housing resources, utilities assistance, and much more. This information can be found on the EDD website on the Additional Resources page.
- Week of April 16, 2012
What is the Experience Unlimited “Job Club” and how can it help professionals looking for work?
Many highly qualified individuals who have unexpectedly found themselves out of work network through Experience Unlimited job clubs to find new employment opportunities. The EDD’s Experience Unlimited services are available at select locations throughout the State. Various professionals participate in these networking groups to lend one another job hunting assistance.
There are no fees for either job seekers or employers. To find an Experience Unlimited Job Club meeting in your area or for more information, visit the Job Fairs and Workshops and Experience Unlimited pages.
- Week of April 9, 2012
Paid Family Leave: A Financial Benefit for New Parents
Becoming a new parent is an exciting and unforgettable time. Did you know you could receive up to six weeks of benefits through California’s Paid Family Leave program to bond with your new child? The Paid Family Leave program was created for these moments in life. California is leading the nation in making it easier for working people to balance the demands of the workplace and family care needs at home. To find out more information about Paid Family Leave visit the Paid Family Leave page.
- Week of April 2, 2012
Employee or Independent Contractor?
The EDD offers the Employment Determination Guide (DE 38) to help business owners determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. Make sure your workers are classified correctly.
- Week of March 26, 2012
Ways to Certify for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits
There are three methods to certify for UI benefits:
- Online: EDD Web-CertSM allows you to certify 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Phone: EDD Tele-CertSM allows you to certify over the phone by calling the EDD Automated Self-Service number at 1-866-333-4606, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Mail: Complete your Continued Claim form within 10 days of receiving it in the mail.
For more information, check out the Managing Your UI Claim page for links to YouTube videos and other information about your claim.
- Week of March 19, 2012
How can I access my Unemployment Insurance (UI) payment information?
The quickest way to find out your UI payment information is by phone at 1-866-333-4606. You can get payment information without waiting, and it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. Payment information instructions are available on the Where is my payment? page.
- Week of March 12, 2012
Employment and Training Services for Job Seekers
Are you looking for new skills? Do you need training? Find out about employment and training services available throughout California on the Job Seekers and Individuals page.
- Week of March 5, 2012
Did you know that the e-Services for Business application has been updated with new features?
e-Services for Business has a new look and offers our customers a fast, easy, and secure way to manage their payroll taxes. Updates include a faster response time and the ability to access e-Services for Business on multiple operating systems, tablets, and smart phones. Additionally, this new application no longer requires the installation of Microsoft Silverlight. Visit the e-Services for Business Information page for enrollment information, video tutorials, and FAQs.
- Week of February 27, 2012
Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tip and Fact Sheets
For your convenience, there are several UI tip sheets, facts sheets, and informational brochures available online. Information to help on filling out your Continued Claim form (DE 4581), a checklist for filing a UI claim, and tips for qualifying for the California Training Benefits (CTB) are a few different resources available on the UI Tip Sheets and Fact Sheets page.
- Week of February 20, 2012
EDD’s Online Job Center
The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a range of employment and training services in partnership with state and local agencies through the Online Job Center. These services, provided statewide through the One-Stop Career Center system, benefit job seekers, laid off workers, youth, individuals currently working, veterans, and people with disabilities. For more information about services and resources available, visit the Online Job Center.
- Week of February 13, 2012
What business owners or the self-employed need to know about Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC).
The DIEC program offers a financial safety net to small business owners, entrepreneurs, or self-employed individuals.
Under DIEC, you could receive Disability Insurance benefits when you are unable to work due to injury, pregnancy, or illness. You could also receive Paid Family Leave benefits to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, or domestic partner or to bond with a new child.
For more information:
- Week of February 6, 2012
Services for Veterans
Are you a veteran looking for employment services and not sure where to begin? Visit our Services for Veterans page for more information. To connect with a local EDD Veteran Representative, go to the EDD Office Locator, type in your city, select the “Veterans Services” option with the flag, and submit to find the One-Stop Career Center closest to you.
- Week of January 30, 2012
Did you know the EDD has payroll tax courses online?
Currently, the EDD offers two online payroll tax courses, at no cost. The Employment Status Course teaches the basics about common law and statutory employment and describes the differences between employees and independent contractors and is available in English and Spanish. The How to Complete a Payroll Tax Deposit (DE 88 or DE 88ALL) course is offered as a mini-tutorial or a full course. For more information, visit the Web-Based Payroll Tax Seminars page.
- Week of January 23, 2012
Did you know the EDD has a YouTube video channel?
The EDD has several important and informative YouTube videos available to help our customers. Find in-depth information about “How to Use the EDD Debit Card,” “Applying for UI Benefits,” “How to Complete the Continued Claim Form,” and more, all on the California EDD’s YouTube Channel.
- Week of January 16, 2012
Did you know as an employer, you are required to notify your employees about the availability of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)?
You must provide written notification to employees in person or by mail. Notification must be given within one week before or after, or at the same time you provide an annual wage summary (such as IRS Form W-2 or IRS Form 1099). Posting of this information on an employee bulletin board will not satisfy the notification requirement.
- Week of January 9, 2012
State Disability Insurance Webinars
Informational presentations on State Disability Insurance (SDI) are available on the second Wednesday of each month, at no cost to the public. The presentations offer a general overview of Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave including information on eligibility, benefit rates, and employer responsibilities. To register for a SDI webinar, contact the EDD Disability Insurance Branch.
- Week of January 2, 2012
Wondering when you’ll get your Form 1099G?
The Form 1099G reports the total taxable unemployment compensation issued to you from the EDD for a calendar year. Total taxable unemployment insurance includes Unemployment Insurance (UI), Disability Insurance (DI) benefits when received in lieu of UI, Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits, and Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits. The EDD will mail out the annual Form 1099G during the last week of January and claimants who received benefits during the year of 2011 should receive their form by January 31, 2012. For more information, visit the FAQ - Form 1099G: Report of Taxable Unemployment Compensation Payments page.
- Week of December 26, 2011
Did you know there is emergency and disaster assistance available for employers?
California employers directly affected by an emergency or disaster may request an extension of up to 60 days to file their state payroll reports and to deposit state payroll taxes with the EDD, without penalty or interest. The extension is granted under Section 1111.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC) if the Governor declares a state of emergency. For more information, visit the Emergency and Disaster Assistance for Employers page.
- Week of December 19, 2011
Are employers required to post employment information for their employees?
Yes. Per state and federal law, employers are required to display various posters and notices to inform their employees of certain laws and regulations pertaining to employment and working conditions, such as Unemployment Insurance or Disability Insurance information. For further information, check out Required Notices and Pamphlets.
- Week of December 12, 2011
Stay up-to-date with EDD and receive our latest news and announcements.
The EDD’s e-mail subscription services make it easy to stay up-to-date. Subscribe to our e-mail lists to be informed of the latest news about the EDD’s programs and services, including news and announcements, recently added forms and publications, and events. Subscribe and Get E-mail Notices today.
- Week of December 5, 2011
Important EDD Debit CardSM Information.
In light of reports of various phishing scams, we want to remind our customers to be cautious if you receive any type of inquiries by phone or e-mail regarding your EDD Debit CardSM. Neither the Employment Development Department nor the Bank of America will contact you under any circumstances to request your EDD Debit CardSM account number and/or PIN. If you are contacted by phone or e-mail and asked for your information, do not respond.
- Week of November 28, 2011
When does a business become subject to state payroll taxes and need to register for an EDD account number?
A business becomes subject to state payroll taxes once wages of over $100 are paid to one or more employees in a calendar quarter and must register with the EDD within 15 days. Wages consist of compensation for services performed, including cash payments, commissions, bonuses, and the reasonable cash value of non-cash payments (like meals and lodging). For more information, visit the Am I Required to Register as an Employer? page. To register for an EDD account number online, visit e-Services for Business.
- Week of November 14, 2011
Paid Family Leave.
Did you know you may be eligible to receive up to six weeks of paid State Disability Insurance (SDI) benefits to care for your spouse, registered domestic partner, parent, or child? To find out more information about Paid Family Leave (a component of SDI) visit the Paid Family Leave page.
- Week of November 7, 2011
Job Fairs and Workshops Near You.
Job fairs and workshops are available to job seekers throughout California to assist with career guidance. There are various workshops available that help with building résumés, applying for jobs, interviewing techniques, networking skills, and much more. To find a local job fair and/or workshop near you, visit the Job Fairs and Workshops page.
- Week of October 31, 2011
How can I protect myself against Unemployment Insurance Fraud?
Be sure to carefully review each statement and/or notice and respond in a timely manner to any items you have questions about, including the:
- Notice of Unemployment Insurance Claim Filed (DE 1101 series)
- Request For Additional Information (DE 1326ER)
- Notice of Wages Used for Unemployment Insurance Claim (DE 1545 series)
- Benefit Audit (DE 1296B) and New Employer Registry (NER) Benefit Audit (DE 1296NER)
- Statement of Charges to Reserve Account (DE 428T)
To report an incident of fraud, call our toll-free Fraud Hotline at (800) 229-6297 or Report Fraud online.
- Week of October 24, 2011
How can I avoid late penalties on my payroll tax deposits?
Employer contributions of Unemployment Insurance and Employment Training Tax are due quarterly. Monies withheld from employees’ wages for State Disability Insurance and California Personal Income Tax (PIT) may need to be deposited more often. The deposit frequency is based on your federal deposit schedule/requirement and the amount of accumulated PIT withheld. If the PIT withheld exceeds $350, you may be required make deposits more frequently. For more information: Timely Payroll Tax Deposits.
- Week of October 17, 2011
Did you know the EDD has no fee payroll tax seminars?
The classroom seminars are offered throughout the state and are designed to help you better understand and comply with payroll tax laws. Seminars are offered on a variety of topics, including Employee or Independent Contractor, Federal and State Basic Payroll, State Labor Law and Payroll Tax, and How to Manage Unemployment Insurance Costs.
For a complete list of seminars offered and information on registering to attend, visit the Payroll Tax Seminars page.
- Week of October 10, 2011
Employers - File and pay your payroll taxes online with e-Services for Business.
Did you know you can manage your payroll tax account online through e-Services for Business? File reports, make deposits, find your rates, update your business information, or inactivate your account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Enroll in e-Services for Business today!
- Week of October 3, 2011
How do I certify for my benefits after I receive my EDD Debit CardSM?
You will continue to certify for benefits the same way you did before receiving your EDD Debit CardSM.
- Unemployment Customers: Even though a check is no longer issued, a Continued Claim form will be sent to you. See Maintaining Your Claim for more information.
- Disability Customers: Even though a check is no longer issued, if required for benefit payments, a Continued Claim form will be sent to you.
Benefits will be deposited onto your card after you submit a properly completed Continued Claim form to EDD.
- Week of September 26, 2011
Activating your EDD Debit CardSM.
Your card must be activated before it can be used. To activate your card, call Bank of America at 1-866-692-9374 or go online on the Bank of America EDD Debit CardSM website. Generally, most people will be asked for the last four digits of their Social Security number. You will also select a four digit PIN that can be used for point-of-sale purchases and ATM transactions. Do not share your PIN with anyone and remember to sign the back of the card. This activation process ensures that your card is secure.
- Week of September 19, 2011
Will I be charged fees to use my EDD Debit CardSM?
You will not be charged any fees for the following: cash back with purchases at merchants such as grocery stores, drug stores, and U.S. post office locations; making purchases anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted; ATM withdrawals from one of 4,000 Bank of America ATMs in California; unlimited direct deposit transfers to a checking or savings account; and two free withdrawals per benefit deposit at non-Bank of America ATMs. Be sure to keep track of your available balance and read the Schedule of Bank Fees that comes with your card.
- Week of September 12, 2011
Monitoring Your EDD Debit CardSM.
You can review your Bank of America EDD Debit CardSM account transaction activity 24 hours a day at the Bank of America EDD Debit Card website. You can also call Bank of America EDD Debit Card Customer Service toll-free at 1-866-692-9374 for automated information about your recent debit card balance, deposits, and transactions. If you would like a monthly paper statement mailed to you, you may request statements at no charge.
- Week of September 5, 2011
Using your EDD Debit CardSM Online.
In addition to using your EDD Debit CardSM at banks, ATMs, and stores, you can also use it online to pay bills electronically and make purchases on websites that accept Visa®. Your EDD Debit CardSM can be used anywhere Visa® is accepted. Be sure to keep track of your balances free of charge from Bank of America at their ATMs, online at the Bank of America EDD Debit Card site, or by phone at 1-866-692-9374 or 1-866-656-5913 (TTY).
- Week of August 29, 2011
How to withdraw cash from your EDD Debit CardSM?
You can withdraw cash in three ways at no charge: Request cash back when making purchases at merchants that accept VISA, from one of 4,000 Bank of America ATMs in California (other banks may charge a fee), and request cash from tellers at any bank or credit union where VISA cards are accepted (with valid ID). You should know your account balance before withdrawing cash. Check your balance free of charge from B of A at their ATMs, online at www.bankofamerica.com/eddcard, or by phone at 1-866-692-9374 or 1-866-656-5913 (TTY).
- Week of August 22, 2011
How do I make purchases using my EDD Debit CardSM?
Your card can be used like a credit card or debit card. For use as a credit card, swipe your card and sign the receipt. For use as a debit card, swipe your card, select “debit,” and enter your PIN. Keep track of your account balance. Your card will be rejected if you do not have sufficient funds. Like any other debit card, some merchants may also charge a fee, usually identified at the point of purchase. If you choose, you may continue with the purchase and accept the fee, or go elsewhere where no fees are charged.
- Week of August 15, 2011
How to find out your account balance?
It’s important to know the account balance of your EDD Debit CardSM to make purchases and withdraw cash up to your available balance. Find out your account balance free of charge by going to any Bank of America ATM, by calling 1.866.692.9374, or online at www.bankofamerica.com/eddcard.
- Week of August 8, 2011
When will I receive my EDD Debit CardSM for my Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits? Is there anything I should do before I receive my card?
With close to 1.2 million UI customers, EDD is rolling out the new EDD Debit CardSM in a phased approach with 22,500 cards being issued a day. As you are switched to the card, you will receive the following separately: a notification letter, a claim form without a check attached, and then the card in no more than 5 business days after receiving the notification letter. If you use automatic bill payments in your personal banking, allow a few extra days for such payments until you receive your debit card to avoid any potential fees.
- Week of August 1, 2011
Should I keep my EDD Debit CardSM?
Yes. The card is good for three (3) years after it is issued. If you file a Disability Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, or Paid Family Leave claim within the next three years, the EDD will put your payments on the same card. Not having your card could delay access to your benefits. If you need a replacement card, contact Bank of America.
- Week of July 25, 2011
How do I set up a direct deposit transfer to my checking or savings account?
After you receive and activate your EDD Debit Card for your benefit payments, contact Bank of America either online or by phone, 1.866.692.9374 (voice), or TTY 1.866.656.5913.
You will need the following to set up a direct deposit transfer: an EDD Debit CardSM issued in your name; a valid e-mail account; and your routing and account numbers for the bank account to which you want to transfer the money. You are not required to have a Bank of America bank account.
- Week of July 18, 2011
How to withdraw cash from your EDD Debit CardSM?
You have an unlimited number of cash withdrawals at all 4,000 Bank of America ATMs in California. You get two withdrawals per benefit deposit at ATMs outside of the Bank of America network at no charge from Bank of America. Other banks may charge a fee at their ATM locations. You can also withdraw cash up to your available balance, free of charge, from tellers inside banks and credit unions where Visa® cards are accepted, but you must know your account balance and present valid identification.