Types of Claims

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program provides temporary payments to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own and meet all other eligibility requirements. Visit the Ways to File or Reopen Your UI Claim page for more information on filing online, by phone, or by mail/fax. Below are the different types of UI claims that can be filed:

Regular Unemployment Insurance

These claims are based on wages earned from employers covered by the California UI Code and paid from the UI fund. The claim is based on California wages paid in specific quarters.

Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees

These claims provide unemployment compensation to former or partially unemployed federal civilian employees. A federal civilian employee may have worked for the United States Postal Service or the Internal Revenue Service. These claims are funded by the Federal government and are subject to regular state eligibility requirements.

Unemployment Compensation for Ex-service Members

These claims are also funded by Federal monies and are subject to regular state eligibility requirements. This program provides unemployment compensation to former service members upon release from active military service.

Joint Claims

These claims are based on both California wages and Federal wages. A Joint Claim is a claim using base period earnings of more than one type, e.g., federal civilian wages, federal military wages, and regular state-covered wages.

Interstate

These claims can be filed in California against earnings from another state. An unemployed New Yorker who just moved to California will file an "Interstate Claim."

Combined Wage

These Claims are based on wages earned in two or more states.

Training Extensions

These claims provide eligible California Training Benefit (CTB) claimants with additional benefits beyond their regular claim. The CTB program allows eligible claimants who lack competitive job skills to receive their benefits while attending an approved training/retraining program.

Trade Act

The Trade Act of 1974 amended 1981, 1986, 1988, 1993, and Reform Act of 2002 provides special federally funded assistance for workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as the result of trade with other countries. These worker benefits are administered by EDD and include:

  • Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) under Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) to provide weekly income during periods of unemployment or reduced employment. Workers must be enrolled in or have completed an approved training course in order to receive these benefits, unless the training requirement is waived.
  • Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) under North American Free Trade Agreement Transitional Adjustment Assistance (NAFTA-TRA) to provide weekly income during periods of unemployment or reduced unemployment to workers impacted by imports from Canada or Mexico or by shifts in production to those countries. Workers must be enrolled in or have completed approved training courses in order to receive these benefits. The training requirements cannot be waived if the customer elects to participate in NAFTA-TAA-TRA.

Work Sharing

This program allows for the payment of UI benefits to employees of participating employers whose hours and wages have been reduced. These claims are considered an alternative to layoffs.

Partial

This program enables employers to retain trained staff during slow business periods. Employees are then available for full-time employment as business improves. Employers may use the Partial program if employees are temporarily working reduced hours or have been placed on layoff status for no more than two consecutive weeks. Employees who are laid off due to lack of work for more than two consecutive weeks must claim benefits in the usual manner and meet regular UI requirements.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

This federal program provides financial assistance and employment services to dislocated workers and the self-employed when they are unemployed as a direct result of a major natural disaster.

Federal-State Extended Duration or Fed-ED

This is a special program usually made available during periods of high unemployment to assist claimants whose regular claims have been exhausted. This program pays additional benefits to those who qualify and have collected all the money in their regular claims and who are not eligible for any other UI claims. The EDD will notify individuals by mail, through the media and/or by claimant inquiry when they become potentially eligible for these benefits.

California Extended Duration or Cal-ED

This is a special program that is made available during periods of high unemployment. It is intended for claimants who have exhausted their claims and are not entitled to any other benefits.

School Employee Claims

These claims are for those individuals who work or provide services for a public or private non-profit school employer. A school employee (unless stated otherwise) is also a school supportive employee. These are employees employed by a non-profit or public entity employer who provide services to, or on behalf of an educational institution.

School employee claims have distinctive eligibility requirements. For example, a school employee may not be eligible to receive benefits if all the following occur:

  1. A claim is filed during a recess period.
  2. Only school wages are in the base period of the claim.
  3. There is an offer to return to work for a school employer when the recess period ends.

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