Benefit Year End

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A regular unemployment insurance benefit year ends 12 months after the claim started. Once your benefit year ends:

You must reapply for a new claim (even if you are currently on an extension) if you earned enough wages (paid by an employer) in the last 18 months and are still unemployed or working part time. We will notify you when your new claim is processed. This usually takes two to three weeks.

  • If you’re unsure if you have enough wages as reported by an employer, log in to UI OnlineSM and select File New Claim. We will do one of the following:
    • Immediately tell you that you do not have enough wages to establish a new claim.
    • Provide instructions on how to submit a new application.

For more information, refer to the unemployment benefit calculator.

If you served in the military, worked for a federal government agency, or worked in a state outside of California within the last 18 months, you must reapply for a new claim by phone, mail, or fax.

You do not need to reapply if you did not earn enough wages (paid by an employer) in the last 18 months to establish a new claim, regardless of whether you are on a regular claim, a federal extension, or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Continue to certify for benefits, and we will notify you when your benefit weeks are processed.

To find your benefit year end date, log in to UI OnlineSM and view your Claim Summary. Your benefit year end date is 12 months after the start of your Benefit Year.

For more information, refer to your Notice of Unemployment Insurance Award (DE 429Z).

What Happens Next?

Once we process your claim, you will receive an email and a text message. This usually takes two to three weeks.

Note: If you received a Notice of Determination of Invalid Claim, Section 1277 (DE 429L) stating your new unemployment claim is invalid, you may still qualify for a federal extension on your previous claim. If you qualify for a federal extension on your previous claim, we will notify you when it’s time to certify for benefits. You will receive a notification in your UI Online inbox or the Continued Claim Form (DE 4581) in the mail.

Your Claim Type

What will happen next depends on which type of claim you are currently on.

  1. Log in to UI Online.
  2. Select Claim History.
  3. Select Transactions next to the most recent week.
  4. Under Program Type, it will show what type of benefits you are receiving that week.

If your program type is:

  • UI, you are receiving regular unemployment.
  • PEUC, Extension Tier 2, or Extension Tier 2 (Augmentation), you are receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits.
  • Extension FED-ED, you have used all PEUC benefits and are now receiving FED-ED extension benefits.
  • Disaster Assistance, you are receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). If you aren’t receiving PUA, you are receiving Disaster Unemployment Assistance following a declared disaster.

Learn more about federal unemployment benefits.

Regular Unemployment Claim

If you qualify for a new unemployment claim, you will be moved to that claim. If you do not qualify for a new claim, you may qualify for a PEUC extension.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Extension

If you qualify for a new unemployment claim, but the weekly benefit amount is less than what you were earning on your PEUC extension, you will finish collecting the rest of your PEUC extension and then we will switch you to your new unemployment claim.

If you don’t qualify for a new unemployment claim, you will continue collecting the rest of your PEUC claim. Then, we will add the additional 29 weeks of PEUC benefits available with new federal legislation.

Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) Extension

If you qualify for a new unemployment claim, we will move you to that claim or back to your PEUC extension based on federal guidance.

If you don’t qualify for a new unemployment claim, you will continue collecting the rest of your FED-ED benefits. Then, we will move you back to your PEUC extension with the additional 29 weeks of benefits available with new federal legislation.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Claim

We will check if you qualify for a new unemployment claim based on wages earned over the last 18 months. If you qualify, we will move you to a new claim and notify you.

If you don’t qualify, you will remain on your PUA claim.

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