FAQs - Extended Unemployment Benefits

Tiers 1-4 Federal Extension FAQs

Sequestration Cuts FAQs

Work Search Requirements FAQs

FED-ED FAQs


What EUC federal extension benefits are currently available?

At the height of the economic downturn, the federal government had allowed up to 73 additional weeks of EUC federal extension benefits. Due to the improving job market, the federal government currently allows up to 37 additional weeks of EUC federal extension benefits (Tiers 1 through 3) after an individual’s regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim ends. The total number of benefit weeks for which someone is eligible depends on their individual situation, when their prior regular UI claim ends, when their federal extension tiers were filed, and California’s unemployment rate.

As we get closer to the end of the year, the weeks of federal extensions will continue to wind down and most eligible unemployed workers will not qualify for any or all of the federal extensions currently available. For example, the majority of unemployed workers that start a regular unemployment claim (26 weeks) in the beginning of July 2013 will not qualify for any EUC federal extensions when their regular claim ends due to the scheduled end of the EUC federal extensions on December 28, 2013.

For the latest federal extension information, including a chart containing the potential maximum total of unemployment benefits within specific time periods, please refer to the Unemployment Extensions page.

Why would California lose eligibility for the fourth federal extension (Tier 4)?

The federal law requires a state have a high unemployment rate in order to be eligible for the second, third, and fourth federal extensions. The idea is that if unemployment is not high enough, is remaining consistent, or is starting to decline, then jobs may become easier to find and the need for additional unemployment benefits should decrease. California’s economy is starting to recover from the recession and while the state’s unemployment rate remains high, it no longer meets the level required to continue filing the fourth federal extension. Because of this, the U.S. Department of Labor has advised the EDD that California will no longer be able to file fourth federal extensions with an effective date after August 11, 2013.

This means that August 11, 2013, is the last filing effective date for the fourth federal extension. If you have already established a fourth federal extension with an effective date of August 11, 2013, or before, you may continue collecting fourth federal extension benefits until exhausted or December 28, 2013, whichever comes first. (There are special claims that have a week ending date other than Saturday. In those cases, benefits may be payable for the week ending January 1, 2014.)

Will the fourth federal extension be restored if California’s unemployment rate increases?

If California’s unemployment rate rises above the three-month average of 9 percent before December 2013 – the level required by federal law to activate the Tier 4 federal extension benefits – California would begin filing fourth federal extensions again. However, given California’s improving economy, the likelihood that California will reach that required unemployment threshold prior to December 2013, is not likely. Unless the U.S. Congress takes any further action, all federal extension benefits are set to end on December 28, 2013. (There are special claims that have a week ending date other than Saturday. In those cases, benefits may be payable for the week ending January 1, 2014.)

We encourage you to monitor our website and follow us on Twitter for further updates.

Who is eligible for federal extension benefits?

Federal extension benefits are designed to provide further income support to eligible unemployed workers who have been out of work for a long period of time. The current legislation makes December 22, 2013, the deadline for filing a first, second, and third federal extension of benefits, once a regular UI claim runs out. The deadline for filing a fourth federal extension of benefits is August 11, 2013, once the prior level of extension runs out.

What do I need to do if I believe I’m eligible for federal extension benefits?

Typically, the EDD should be able to automatically file federal extension claims for unemployed workers who have exhausted all available benefits. This will help you transition seamlessly into your first federal extension or into the next available federal extension as long as you remain otherwise eligible.

Once the federal extension is filed, a notice and/or claim forms will be sent to eligible claimants. If you do not receive a claim form in the mail from EDD after 10 days from the date you received your last payment, you will need to contact EDD regarding your UI claim. A very small percentage of claims may not have been filed automatically and therefore, if you have not received any type of correspondence from EDD regarding the new extension, you may need to file a claim. You may apply apply online or by phone. The EDD anticipates high call volumes so you are encouraged to apply online. Filing online is the fastest way to file your claim.

Again, we encourage you to monitor our website and follow us on Twitter for further updates.

What is the Deferred New Claim Payment program?

The Deferred New Claim Payment program was established by federal legislation in late July 2010. For eligible claimants, this program requires California to continue paying on the federal extension at the higher weekly amount even though they qualify for a new regular unemployment claim. The federal legislation that created the Deferred New Claim Payment program requires California to continue paying you on your federal extension if you meet ALL of the following five criteria:

  • The end date of the benefit year of your regular unemployment claim, on which your current federal extension is filed, is July 24, 2010, or after;
  • You have a federal extension filed on the regular unemployment claim, which has an end date of July 24, 2010, or after;
  • You have unemployment benefits still available on your federal extension;
  • The weekly benefit amount of your new regular unemployment claim is at least $100 or 25% less than the weekly benefit amount of the federal extension you are currently collecting on;

    AND
  • You did not earn enough wages in another state to be eligible for a new unemployment claim before your regular unemployment claim ended in California.

If you meet ALL five criteria to continue being paid on your federal extension, current law states that the new regular unemployment claim that was filed will remain open for one year. Even though we are not paying you on that regular claim now, it will remain available if you are still unemployed beyond the extent of your current federal extension benefits. You will not be able to file another new regular unemployment claim until after the one year period and you will not be paid on the new regular unemployment claim for the same weeks that you were paid for on the federal extension.

If I run out of my regular UI benefits, how do I file the first federal extension that’s been available?

Once you have exhausted your entitlement to your regular UI claim, you may be eligible to file the first extension. If you are eligible to file the first extension, EDD will automatically file the first extension and send you an additional Continued Claim Form, DE 4581. No action is required on your part.

Once the first federal extension is filed, a notice and claim forms will be sent to eligible claimants. If you do not receive a claim form in the mail from EDD after 10 days from the date you received your last payment, you will need to contact EDD regarding your UI claim. A very small percentage of claims may not have been filed automatically and therefore, if you have not received any type of correspondence from EDD regarding the new extension, you may need to file a claim. You may apply apply online or by phone. The EDD anticipates high call volumes so you are encouraged to apply online. Filing online is the fastest way to file your claim.

Again, we encourage you to monitor our website and follow us on Twitter for further updates.

Do I need to reapply for the second, third, and fourth federal extensions?

Once you have collected all benefits payable on your current federal extension, you may be eligible to file the next federal extension in the series. If you are eligible to file the next federal extension in the series, EDD will automatically file the next federal extension you are eligible to file and send you an additional Continued Claim Form, DE 4581. No action is required on your part.

If you do not receive a claim form in the mail from EDD after 10 days from the date you received your last payment, you will need to contact EDD regarding your UI claim. A very small percentage of claims may not have been filed automatically and therefore, if you have not received any type of correspondence from EDD regarding the new extension, you may need to file a claim. You may apply apply online or by phone. The EDD anticipates high call volumes so you are encouraged to apply online. Filing online is the fastest way to file your claim.

Again, we encourage you to monitor our website and follow us on Twitter for further updates.

What are the deadlines for filing the first federal extension?

Under current federal extension filing deadlines, the last date the first federal extension can begin is December 22, 2013. If you exhaust your entitlement to regular UI benefits before December 22, 2013, and meet all of the following eligibility criteria, you may be eligible for the first federal extension if you:

  • Are fully or partially unemployed on or after July 6, 2008,
  • Have exhausted your entitlement to your regular UI claim,
  • Are not qualified to file a new regular claim,
  • Have had a valid claim that began on or after May 7, 2006,
  • Meet all eligibility criteria, AND
  • Have a regular UI claim where the total amount earned in the base period is either:
    • More than 40 times your weekly benefit amount

      OR
    • More than 1.5 times the highest quarter in your base period.

What are the deadlines for filing the second, third, and fourth federal extension?

Under current federal extension filing deadlines, the last date the second and third federal extensions can begin is December 22, 2013, and the last date the fourth federal extension can begin is August 11, 2013. If you meet all of the following eligibility criteria you may be eligible to file, the second, third, or fourth federal extensions if you:

  • Were eligible for the prior extensions,
  • Collected all benefits on the prior extensions,
  • Are not qualified to file a new regular claim in California or in any other state(s), AND
  • Meet all eligibility criteria.

Do I still need to fill out a Continued Claim Form for extensions?

To receive UI benefits, including extension benefits, you must continue to certify for benefits and meet all other UI eligibility requirements. The EDD offers three different options for submitting your certification. You may certify for benefits online using EDD Web-CertSM, by telephone using EDD Tele-CertSM, or by completing and mailing the Continued Claim form.

I didn't receive a Continued Claim Form. Where can I get one?

Individuals who did not receive a Continued Claim Form, DE 4581, should contact EDD online, or call the toll-free number. You are encouraged to contact EDD online as the EDD is currently experiencing high call volumes. Contacting EDD online is the fastest way to get your Continued Claim Form, DE 4581, mailed to you.

Can I check the status of my extended benefit payments online?

No, you cannot check the status of your extended benefit payment online. However, you can check the status of any UI benefit payment, including extended benefit payments, by using our automated telephone system. You will need a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access your information. You create your PIN using the automated telephone system.

You can call the automated self-service system at 1-866-333-4606 for payment information and America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM locations. The automated self-service system can be used by individuals who do not need to speak to a representative. The recorded information about your most recent Unemployment Insurance benefit payment is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

If you want to speak to an EDD representative you can call one of EDD’s toll-free numbers.

English 1-800-300-5616
Spanish 1-800-326-8937
Chinese 1-800-547-3506
Vietnamese 1-800-547-2058
TTY 1-800-815-9387

If you have not received your payment or any response from EDD within 10 days of mailing your Continued Claim Form, DE 4581, contact EDD. Also contact EDD immediately if you lose your payments.

Can I use the same PIN number that I use to check the status of my regular UI payments to check the status of my extension benefit payments?

Yes, you can use the same PIN number to check the status of any UI benefit payment, including extended benefit payments.

If I’m granted an extension, will I get benefits for any missed weeks?

In general, if you qualify for an extension you will be mailed a bi-weekly Continued Claim Form, DE 4581, for the first two weeks of your extension. You cannot be paid extended benefits unless you certify for benefits online using EDD Web-CertSM, by telephone using EDD Tele-CertSM, or by completing and mailing the Continued Claim form. Once EDD receives your certification, and it is determined you meet all the eligibility criteria, your extended benefit payment will be issued with the next bi-weekly Continued Claim Form, DE 4581 attached to the payment.

If an extension is automatically filed for me by EDD, what will I be receiving in the mail?

If the first, second, third, or fourth federal extension is filed for you, you will receive a notice informing you that your federal extension has been filed, and a Continued Claim Form, DE 4581, for the first two weeks.

Why did I receive the Notice of Determination of Invalid Claim, Section 1277, notice while collecting federal extension benefits?

If an individual is receiving federal extension benefits and their regular UI claim expired, the federal law requires that the EDD must determine if the individual is eligible for a new regular UI claim. If the individual is not eligible for the new regular UI claim under the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC) Section 1277, a Notice of Determination of Invalid Claim, Section 1277 (DE 429L), will be issued and the individual will continue collecting federal extension benefits without interruption.

For more information about the CUIC Section 1277, refer to the UI Benefit Determination Guide Miscellaneous MI 15 page. You can also get information about this form, and many other EDD forms by calling the EDD automated phone number 1-866-333-4606.

Do employers have to pay for federal extended benefits?

The federal government has approved an unprecedented total of unemployment extension benefits for unemployed workers during the course of the recession. They have included four tiers of federal extension benefits providing up to 53 weeks of additional unemployment benefits called Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) extended benefits. A separate extension called the Federal-State Extended Duration program, otherwise known as the FED-ED extension in California or the Extended Benefit (EB) extension in other states, provides up to 20 additional weeks of benefits.

The four tiers of federal EUC extension benefits are entirely federally-funded. This means California employers will not be charged for any EUC extended benefits paid to claimants.

Payments made on the separate FED-ED extensions, are currently entirely federally-funded for most employers. This means that most employers (mainly tax-rated ones) will not be charged for any benefits paid to claimants on FED-ED extensions filed with an effective date of May 6, 2012, or before. For individuals that file a FED-ED extension effective May 6, 2012, or before, the last payable week is May 12, 2012, even if that individual is still unemployed or has a balance remaining on the FED-ED extension. If California’s unemployment rate rises to reach the federal threshold again, California will continue to be able to file FED-ED extensions through the effective date of December 30, 2012. However, the FED-ED extension program cannot begin again until 13 weeks have elapsed since the end of the last FED-ED program.

However, governmental entities, federally-recognized Indian Tribes, and a few other entities as outlined in the Employer Extended Benefit Cost Web page, are always charged 100 percent of FED-ED extension benefits paid whenever this program is active.

For more information about employers’ charges on EUC and FED-ED extensions filed with an effective date of May 6, 2012, or before, refer to the Employer Extended Benefit Cost Web page.

Employment opportunities are beginning to increase in California. In some cases you may need some assistance in making sure your resume is updated or maybe you need to enhance your skills through training to meet the requirements of upcoming job openings. No-fee job search assistance is available through an America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM near you. Just visit the EDD website, check out the EDD Office Locator, and enter your city or ZIP code.

What if I’m still having difficulty in finding a job?

Employment opportunities are beginning to increase in California. In some cases you may need some assistance in making sure your resume is updated or maybe you need to enhance your skills through training to meet the requirements of upcoming job openings. No-fee job search assistance is available through a America’s Job Center of California near you. Just visit the EDD website, check out the EDD Office Locator, and enter your city or ZIP code.

What if I have questions about my claim and available benefits that are not answered here?

The EDD encourages all of our customers to submit your claim questions online. Just visit the Unemployment section of the EDD website and select Contact Unemployment and look for the AskEDD link to submit questions online, as well as phone numbers for calling our UI Call Centers. Please be aware that high demand can make it more difficult to get through by phone so online can provide a more convenient option for contacting UI program representatives.

Sequestration Cuts FAQs

What are sequestration cuts?

The Federal Budget Control Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-25) requires that all states, including California, reduce the weekly and maximum benefit amounts for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) extension program.

In California, the weekly and maximum benefit amounts for all new federal EUC extensions (Tiers 1 through 4) filed with an effective date of April 28, 2013, or after will be reduced by 17.69 percent (sequestration cut). For example, individuals whose federal EUC extension weekly benefit amount is $450 and maximum benefit amount is $6300 will have a reduced weekly benefit amount of $371 and maximum benefit amount of $5186 after the sequestration cut.

We encourage you to use the Sequestration Reduction Calculator to estimate what your weekly benefit amount will be after the 17.69% sequestration cut.

When will the sequestration cuts start?

The weekly and maximum benefit amounts for all new federal EUC extensions (Tiers 1 through 4) filed with an effective date of April 28, 2013, or after, will be reduced by 17.69%. This means the sequestration cut will start once you have finished collecting the available benefits on your current tier and become eligible to receive benefits on the next extension tier filed with an effective date of April 28, 2013, or after.

After your federal EUC extension (Tier 1 through 4) is filed, you will receive a notice providing your new weekly and maximum benefit amount after the sequestration cut.

We encourage you to use the online Sequestration Reduction Calculator to estimate what your weekly benefit amount will be after the 17.69% sequestration cut.

Why did I receive a Critical Information about Cuts to Federal Extension Benefits (DE 6331SEQ) with my DE 4581, continued claim form?

The EDD is required by the U.S. Department of Labor to notify individuals of the sequestration cuts. This notification is being included with the DE 4581, continued claim forms mailed to all individuals currently certifying for benefits, regardless of the type of claim, e.g., regular UI, federal extension, Training Extension, Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA), etc.

  • If you are currently collecting federal extension benefits, the sequestration cuts will start once you have finished collecting the available benefits on your current tier and become eligible to receive benefits on the next extension tier filed with an effective date of April 28, 2013, or after.
  • If you are currently collecting regular unemployment benefits, your benefits will not be impacted by the sequestration cuts. However, the sequestration cuts will apply if you become eligible to file a first federal extension tier with an effective date of April 28, 2013, or after.
  • If you are currently collecting training extension benefits under the California Training Benefit (CTB) program, or Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA) extended benefits, your benefits will not be impacted by the sequestration cut.

If I’m currently collecting regular unemployment benefits, how do the sequestration cuts affect me?

If you are currently collecting regular unemployment benefits, your benefits will not be impacted by the sequestration cuts. However, the sequestration cuts will apply if you become eligible to file a first federal extension tier with an effective date of April 28, 2013, or after. You must meet all eligibility requirements to qualify and collect federal EUC extension benefits.

We encourage you to use the Sequestration Reduction Calculator to estimate what your weekly benefit amount will be after the 17.69% sequestration cut.

If I’m currently collecting federal extension benefits, when will my payments be reduced by the sequestration cuts?

This depends on when you finish collecting benefits on your current tier and become eligible to receive benefits on your next extension tier. If you are currently collecting federal extension benefits on a claim with an effective date prior to April 28, 2013, your current claim will not be reduced. The sequestration cut is only applied to all new federal EUC extensions (Tiers 1 through 4) filed with an effective date of April 28, 2013, or after. Once your next federal extension is filed, you will receive a notice with your effective date of extension, weekly benefit amount and maximum benefit amount. If the effective date on the notice is on or after April 28, 2013, your weekly and maximum benefit amount will reflect a 17.69% cut.

We encourage you to use the Sequestration Reduction Calculator to estimate what your weekly benefit amount will be after the 17.69% sequestration cut.

How do I know what my weekly benefit and maximum benefit award amounts will be after the sequestration cuts?

Once each federal extension tier 1 through 4 is filed, the EDD mails a notice to you providing the effective date, weekly benefit amount, and maximum benefit amount on your extension. If the effective date on the notice is on or after April 28, 2013, your weekly and maximum benefit amount will reflect a 17.69% cut.

You can also use the Sequestration Reduction Calculator to estimate what your weekly benefit amount will be after the 17.69% sequestration cut.

What is the sequestration reduction calculator?

The Sequestration Reduction Calculator is an automated tool developed by the EDD to help you estimate what your weekly benefit amount will be for federal extensions filed with an effective date of April 28, 2013, or after. The Sequestration Reduction Calculator requires your current weekly benefit amount in order to calculate your estimated weekly benefit amount after sequestration cuts. You may access the calculator on the Sequestration Reduction Calculator of Federal Extension Benefits page.

How do I know that my federal extension weekly benefits have already been reduced by the sequestration cuts?

Once your federal extension is filed, the EDD will mail you a notice providing the effective date, weekly benefit amount, and maximum benefit amount of your extension. If the effective date on the notice is on or after April 28, 2013, your weekly and maximum benefit amount will reflect the 17.69% sequestration cut.

Work Search Requirements FAQs

Why did I receive a Notice of New Work Search Requirements for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program, DE 6331EU-ESW?

Federal legislation signed by the President in February 2012 requires that individuals collecting on federal extension benefits to meet specific work search requirements. The Employment Development Department (EDD) is required by federal law to notify all individuals who have a federal extension filed of these work search requirements. You received a notice because you have been identified as being potentially impacted by the work search requirements. This is because you are either currently collecting one of the four tiers of federal extensions or you have a federal extension on file that has a balance remaining on it that could potentially be reopened in the future.

If you are currently collecting federal extension benefits, you must meet the work search requirements to continue collecting federal extension benefits. Failure to meet one or more of the work search requirements may result in disqualification of your federal extension benefits.

If you are not currently collecting federal extension benefits, this notice advises of the work search requirements you will need to meet if you reopen and begin collecting on the federal extension in the future. You do not need to contact the Department regarding this notice at this time.

What are the work search requirements for collecting federal extension benefits?

As with regular state unemployment benefits, individuals on extensions must be “able to work, available to work, and actively seeking work” as a condition of eligibility. In addition, you must maintain a record of your work search activity and update or complete a résumé in CalJOBSSM

Failure to meet one or more of these work search requirements may result in disqualification of your federal unemployment extension benefits.

Individuals collecting benefits on a first, second, third, or fourth federal extension must meet the following work search requirements:

1. Register with CalJOBSSM
Individuals receiving federal unemployment extension benefits must register for work with the State employment service. In California, that means you must register with CalJOBSSM and maintain an active résumé on file.

To register with CalJOBSSM, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the CalJOBSSM website.
  2. In the “Job Seeker” section, select “Register.”
  3. Follow the steps to register for CalJOBSSM.

To add or update a résumé in CalJOBSSM, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the CalJOBSSM website.
  2. In the “Job Seeker” section, select “Login.”
  3. Post and/or update your résumé.

If you are disqualified on your extension because you did not complete or update your résumé on CalJOBSSM, you will not be eligible to receive benefits until you complete or update your résumé on CalJOBSSM and contact the EDD to reopen your extension.

2. Search for Work

Individuals receiving federal unemployment extension benefits must also engage in an active search for work each week for appropriate employment considering the labor market and your skills and capabilities. Your search should include at least three different employer contacts as required by the EDD.

You must:

  • Continue to look for work each week.
  • Contact at least three different employers each week.

3. Maintain a record of your work search

In addition to searching for work, individuals receiving federal unemployment extension benefits must maintain a detailed record of your work search contacts.

For your ongoing work search records, you must include all of the following information to show your work search for at least 3 different contacts each week:

  • Date applied
  • Company name
  • Company address (Internet address is acceptable)
  • Person contacted (including phone number)
  • Type of work applied
  • Results of the contact

If you certify for benefits using the paper Continued Claim form (DE 4581), document your work search for each week in Section B on the back of your Continued Claim form. Do not attach or staple documents to the DE 4581 as it may delay the processing of your claim form.

If you certify for benefits online using EDD Web-CertSM or by phone using EDD Tele-CertSM, you must maintain and keep a separate record of your work search for each week. You do not need to mail your work search each week to the EDD. You must maintain a record at home that is immediately available if the EDD asks for your work search information.

4. Provide a record of your work search to the EDD upon request

In addition to searching for work and maintaining a detailed record of your work search contacts, the EDD may ask you for a copy of your record of work search and any evidence that you have of contact you made with employers in order for the EDD to verify with those employers that you contacted them. Evidence may include letters, e-mail exchanges, and/or other electronic evidence. To continue to receive federal extension benefits, you must provide the required documentation for each week certified to continue receiving your federal extension benefits. Failure to submit a record of your work search to the EDD when it is requested may result in a disqualification of federal extension benefits for the weeks of work search requested. If you certify for benefits using the paper Continued Claim form (DE 4581), you must include your work search information in Section B on the back of your form. If you certify for benefits online or by phone, you must maintain a record at home that is immediately available if the EDD requests this information.

You will not be eligible to receive your federal unemployment extension benefits for each week that you fail to meet one or more of the above work search requirements.

The notice I received says I have to make three job contacts each week. What does the EDD consider to be a job contact?

All individuals receiving federal unemployment extension benefits must also engage in an active search for work each week for appropriate employment considering the labor market and your skills and capabilities. Your search must include at least 3 different employer contacts as required by the EDD.

The following are considered acceptable methods of contact with employers.

  • Submitting applications with employers who may have openings suitable to you.
  • Looking in the newspaper or internet. If you use this as one of your “job contacts” you must provide the name of the newspaper or Internet site, and the Internet address if applicable where you searched for work, the date, the type of work you looked for, and the results of your work search.
  • Seeking work with former employers.
  • Completing applications and examinations for civil service or governmental jobs where there are reasonable prospects of work. This includes completing applications and examinations on the internet.
  • Attending a job search related training workshop. If you use this as one of your “job contacts” you must provide the name of the workshop, the name of the agency that sponsored the workshop, the name of the person who gave the workshop, and the date of the workshop.
  • Registering for suitable work with a private employment agency or an employer’s placement facility.
  • Responding to “want ads” for suitable work.
  • Sending résumés by mail or internet.

The following are considered unacceptable to meet the requirement that you make at least 3 job contacts each week.

  • Making less than 3 contacts each week.
  • Making three contacts with the same employer each week.
  • If the dates for employer contacts are missing or if the contact dates are made outside of the weeks of unemployment for which you are certifying.
  • If all or most of the employer contact information is missing.

When do I need to start documenting and reporting my job contacts?

You should start documenting your 3 job contacts each week immediately and continue to document your job contacts for each week you certify for benefits. Failure to meet one or more of the work search requirements may result in disqualification of your federal unemployment extension benefits for each week that you fail to meet the requirement to make 3 job contacts and document them as outlined below.

  • If you certify for benefits using the paper Continued Claim form (DE 4581), document your work search for each week in Section B on the back of your Continued Claim form. Do not attach or staple documents to the DE 4581 as it may delay the processing of your claim form.
  • If you certify for benefits online using EDD Web-CertSM or by phone using EDD Tele-CertSM, you must maintain and keep a separate record of your work search for each week. You do not need to mail your work search each week to the EDD. You must maintain a record at home that is immediately available if the EDD asks for your work search information.

When do I need to register in CalJOBSSM?

You should register in CalJOBSSM immediately and update your résumé as needed, but not less than every 60 days. Your résumé will become inactive if you fail to log-in at least every 60 days. Failure to complete or update your résumé in CalJOBSSM may result in disqualification of your federal unemployment extension benefits.

To register with CalJOBSSM, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the CalJOBSSM website.
  2. In the “Job Seeker” section, select “Register.”
  3. Follow the steps to register for CalJOBSSM.

To add or update a résumé in CalJOBSSM, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the CalJOBSSM website.
  2. In the “Job Seeker” section, select “Login.”
  3. Post and/or update your résumé.

If you are disqualified on your extension because you did not complete or update your résumé on CalJOBSSM, you will not be eligible to receive benefits until you complete or update your résumé on CalJOBSSM and contact the EDD to reopen your extension.

How do I report my three job contacts to the EDD each week?

You should start documenting and reporting your job contacts immediately and continue to document your job contacts for each week you certify for benefits as described below.

  • If you certify for benefits using the paper Continued Claim form (DE 4581), document your work search for each week in Section B on the back of your Continued Claim form. Do not attach or staple documents to the DE 4581 as it may delay the processing of your claim form.
  • If you certify for benefits online using EDD Web-CertSM or by phone using EDD Tele-CertSM, you must maintain and keep a separate record of your work search for each week. You do not need to mail your work search each week to the EDD. You must maintain a record at home that is immediately available if the EDD asks for your work search information.

You must include all of the following information to show your work search for at least 3 different contacts each week:

  • Date applied
  • Company name
  • Company address (Internet address is acceptable)
  • Person contacted (including phone number)
  • Type of work applied
  • Results of the contact

Why did I receive a Request for Eligibility Information Due to Failure to Attend a Mandatory Appointment, DE 4365REAX?

Recent federal legislation signed by the President requires that individuals collecting on Tier 1 and Tier 2 federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) extensions must report in-person to scheduled appointments at designated America’s Job Center of California for Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment Services (RES/REA). You received a notice because you failed to report for your scheduled or rescheduled in-person REA EUC appointment. You must complete the questionnaire and return it to the address on the form within 10 calendar days. The reasons you gave for failing to attend your scheduled appointment may affect your eligibility to receive EUC benefits until you report to the America’s Job Center of California listed on your original appointment notice, complete the REA EUC in-person appointment, and contact the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program to reopen your claim. Failure to respond to the notice may also result in disqualification of EUC until the REA EUC appointment is completed.

FED-ED FAQs

What is the FED-ED extension?

The FED-ED extension is typically the last extension of unemployment benefits available. It has provided up to 20 weeks of additional benefits to eligible long-term unemployed workers since March 2009. The FED-ED extension, otherwise known as the Extended Benefit (EB) program in other parts of the U.S., typically is paid to qualified jobless workers after they have already run out of their up to 26 weeks of regular state benefits and then all of the other federal extension benefits available in Tiers 1,2,3 and 4. The FED-ED extension of up to 20 weeks of benefits. However, the U.S. Department of Labor has notified California that the FED-ED program must end May 12, 2012. This means that the final effective date a FED-ED extension can begin is May 6, 2012, and the final week ending date that can be paid on a FED-ED extension is May 12, 2012, even if you are still unemployed or there is a remaining balance on your FED-ED extension. Such benefits help lessen the financial impact on jobless workers, their families and their communities.

How are FED-ED requirements different from previous extensions?

The FED-ED program is a separate extended benefits program than the “federal extension” program. It is based on a different set of laws than the “federal extensions.” The requirements to receive FED-ED extended benefits are stricter than the requirements from previous extensions. In order to receive FED-ED extended benefits, you must continue to meet all UI eligibility criteria. You may also be required to:

  • Document at least three (3) work search contacts on the back of your Continued Claim Form, DE 4581.
  • Accept offers of suitable work that may not be in your normal occupation.

For more information regarding FED-ED requirements refer to the Notice of Determination for Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED Extension) that was mailed to you when your FED-ED extension was filed.

What are the deadlines for filing the FED-ED extension?

The U.S. Department of Labor has notified California that the FED-ED program must end May 12, 2012. This means that the final effective date a FED-ED extension can begin is May 6, 2012, and the final week ending date that can be paid on a FED-ED extension is May 12, 2012, even if you are still unemployed or there is a remaining balance on your FED-ED extension.

Why would California lose eligibility for the FED-ED program?

The federal government requires a state have a high unemployment rate in order to be eligible for the FED-ED extension program and the state’s average unemployment rate for a three month period remains 10% higher than it was during the same time period in one of the last three years. The idea is that if unemployment is not high enough, is remaining consistent or is starting to decline, then jobs may become easier to find and the need for additional unemployment benefits should decrease. The California economy is starting to recover from the recession and while the state’s unemployment rate remains high, it is no longer significantly higher than it was three years ago. Because of this, the U.S. Department of Labor has advised the EDD that California will can no longer pay FED-ED benefits for weeks of unemployment after May 12, 2012.

How will I know if this situation affects me?

Chances are, if you have been unemployed for about 1 ½ years, and you are eligible to receive unemployment benefits, then you may already be collecting benefits on a FED-ED extension, or you may be collecting benefits on Tier 3 or Tier 4 of the federal extensions and are about to transition to a FED-ED extension, if you remain unemployed and otherwise eligible. The EDD sends you a notice when your FED-ED extension is filed to help you track where you are in your available benefits. Check this notice to determine if you are on a FED-ED extension. In addition, since California must end the FED-ED extension program on May 12, 2012, the EDD will be sending notices to all claimants on the FED-ED extension as well as getting out alerts through the media and on our EDD website. We encourage our customers to closely monitor our website, Facebook and Twitter sites for ongoing federal extension developments.

Why did I receive an End of the Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) Extension Program for Unemployment Benefits, DE 6331FED-EN4 notice?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, California’s unemployment rate no longer meets the level required to continue filing and paying FED-ED benefits for weeks of unemployment that begin after May 12, 2012. The Employment Development Department (EDD) is required by federal law to notify all individuals who are potentially impacted by this end of the FED-ED benefits program. You received an informational notice because you have been identified as being potentially impacted by the end of the FED-ED program. This is because you are either currently collecting FED-ED extension benefits or you have an inactive FED-ED extension on file with the EDD that has a balance remaining on it.

Based on federal and state law, you may be eligible for FED-ED benefits for weeks of unemployment prior to May 12, 2012, but not for weeks of unemployment that end after May 12, 2012, even if you are still unemployed or have a balance remaining on your FED-ED extension.

If you are currently collecting FED-ED extension benefits, you should continue to mail your claim form to the EDD as usual, or certify for benefits using EDD Tele-CertSM or EDD Web-CertSM, and the EDD will pay you for the weeks of unemployment for which you are eligible.

If you are no longer collecting FED-ED extension benefits, based on federal and state law, you are not eligible to reopen your FED-ED extension and receive FED-ED benefits for weeks of unemployment that end after May 12, 2012, even if you have a balance remaining on your FED-ED extension.

To be paid FED-ED benefits for any weeks of unemployment prior to May 12, 2012, you must meet all eligibility criteria.

What is the impact on my benefits now that the FED-ED program is ending in California?

Now that California no longer meets the unemployment rate threshold for FED-ED benefits for weeks of unemployment that begin after May 12, 2012, then EDD will have to cease all the final FED-ED payments will be for week ending May 12, 2012. That means anyone who has qualified for FED-ED benefits could continue to receive FED-ED benefits for weeks of unemployment until May 12, 2012, but after that no more benefits may be paid. That’s even if the claimant has a remaining balance on their FED-ED extension claim. In other words, FED-ED claimants may run out of their FED-ED benefits sooner than they may have expected.

Why is the FED-ED program ending when California’s unemployment rate is still so high?

Under the Federal and State law, in order for the FED-ED program to be activated in California, California’s Total Unemployment Rate must reach an average of at least 6.5 percent in the previous three months and be 10 percent higher than the average rate for the same three month period during one of the last three years. Although California’s unemployment rate currently remains high, the three month average is not 10 percent higher than it was during the same three month period in one of the last three years. As of April 20, 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor, who is officially charged with determining if a state meets the required unemployment rate to continue the FED-ED extensions, has informed the EDD that California fell to only 8 percent higher than the average rate for the same three month period during the last three years, which is below the 10 percent threshold required for the FED-ED program to remain in effect in California.

Will the FED-ED extensions be restored if California’s unemployment rate increases again?

If California’s unemployment rate rises to reach the threshold required for California to begin filing and paying FED-ED benefits, it is possible for California to activate the FED-ED program again in the future. However, under Federal and State FED-ED laws, California cannot begin filing FED-ED extensions again for at least 13-weeks from May 12, 2012, which is when the U.S. Department of Labor determined that California no longer file and pay FED-ED extensions. This is the case even if California’s unemployment rate increases to meet the level required for the FED-ED program to be in effect before the 13 weeks period has expired. When at least 13 weeks have passed, and California’s unemployment rate meets the requirements to file and pay FED-ED benefits, California can once again begin filing and paying FED-ED benefits. However, even if California’s unemployment rate meets the requirements to file and pay FED-ED extensions in the future, under the law, no further unemployment benefits can be paid on any old FED-ED extensions with effective dates of May 6, 2012, or before.

Is California in danger of losing access to the other federal extension benefits?

The Federal government has extended the federal extension benefit Tiers 1, 2, 3 and 4 through the end of 2013. The end of the FED-ED program does not change when the other federal extensions (Tiers 1-4) end. However, the potential total amount of benefit weeks associated with those tiers of extensions will be going down. The potential total amount of benefits each individual may be eligible for will depend on when the individual becomes unemployed and started an initial unemployment claim, and when the individual become eligible and started each tier of extension benefits.

For the latest federal extension information, including a chart containing the potential maximum total of unemployment benefits within specific time periods, please refer to the Unemployment Extensions page.

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