Navigating unemployment can be confusing and stressful, especially when you’re unsure whether you can extend your claim with California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). Fortunately, the answers to your questions are quite simple. Learn if you can extend your unemployment claim in California.
Can I Extend My Claim?
The EDD will not extend your claim if it has been a year since you initially filed it. You should know when this period closes so you can collect your benefits. However, that doesn’t mean you’re out of options when the year ends.
Under What Conditions Can I Reapply?
Although you cannot extend your unemployment claim in California, the EDD will allow you to reapply for benefits under certain conditions: If you are still without a job or employed part-time, you can use the EDD’s unemployment benefit calculator to find out if you received the right amount of pay over 18 months to make another claim.
After you file your second claim, the EDD will review your earnings before deciding whether you are eligible for continued assistance. If the department deems your claim to be valid, a representative will contact you.
What If They Reject My New Claim?
If the EDD rejects your new claim for unemployment benefits, do not feel disheartened. You still have options! You could make an appeal within 30 days of the mailing date of the EDD’s ruling. The appeal should include a clear explanation of why you believe the decision is incorrect.
In addition, you should get help from an unemployment attorney guide you through this process and help your case. Even if you are not successful in your first hearing, you have the option of making a second-level appeal.
Understanding the re-application process can help you get assistance during this unfortunate time. Pershing Square Law Firm specializes in assisting Californians who believe the EDD has unfairly denied them unemployment benefits. Our experienced lawyers can provide you with representation so you can get the payout that you deserve.