Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: EDD

ATTENTION! IF YOU’RE SELF-EMPLOYED and not getting EDD, you need to apply for the ‘Pandemic Unemployment Assistance’.

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What is it?

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is one of the federal provisions that helps unemployed Californians who are not usually eligible for state Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.

This includes business owners, self-employed workers, independent contractors, and those with a limited work history who are out of business or have significantly reduced their services as a direct result of the pandemic.

This program includes up to 39 weeks of benefits from February 2, 2020, through December 26, 2020, depending on when you were directly affected by COVID-19.


How to file a claim:

The fastest way to apply for benefits is through UI OnlineSM.

You can also apply for PUA by phone, mail, or fax.

For more information on how to file a claim, refer to the Unemployment Benefits Guide.


Citizenship proof:

You must be authorized to work in the US to receive benefits. If you are not a US citizen, have information from your employment authorization ready.


Employment History:

Your employment history affects the amount of benefits you receive each week. Submitting accurate information helps us process your claim faster. You will need:

Employment history from the last 18 months, including the name of the company or companies as they appear on your paycheck, the dates of employment, hours worked per week, gross wages earned, hourly rate of pay, and the reason you are no longer working.
Specific information from your last employer or company, including mailing address, phone number, supervisor’s name, total gross wages for the last week you worked, and the reason for your change in employment.


Federal and Military Documents:

If you are a former federal employee, have your Notice to Federal Employees About Unemployment Insurance (Standard Form 8) ready.
If you served in the military in the last 18 months, have your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD 214) ready.

After you have filed, refer to our step-by-step UI claims process . You’ll learn what to expect and the actions you need to take through the course of your claim for receiving benefit payments as long as you’re eligible.



The UI automated self-service line 866-333-4606 is available 24/7.




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