Applications Accepted for Pandemic Unemployment Insurance
Reminder, today, April 28, 2020 is the first day Business owners, Self-employed individuals, and Independent contractors may apply for Unemployment Insurance.
Be prepared to meet eligibility qualifications, have Proof of Citizenship, Employment History, and Federal or Military Documents.
Note the Pandemic Unemployment Insurance has a payment Phase structure and is detailed below.
You can find the Online application HERE
You can apply via phone, mail or Fax HERE
The EDD website shares that, "in order to provide benefits as quickly as possible, payments will be issued in phases. If you qualify for PUA, and depending on the effective date of your PUA claim, the initial payments you will receive are as follows:
Phase 1 $167 per week for each week you were unemployed from February 2, 2020 to March 28, 2020 due to a COVID-19 related reason.
Phase 2 $167 plus $600 per week for each week you were unemployed from March 29, 2020 to July 25, 2020, due to a COVID-19 related reason.
Phase 3 $167 per week, for each week from July 26, 2020 to December 26, 2020, that you are unemployed due to a COVID-19 related reason, up to a total of 39 weeks (minus any weeks of regular UI and certain extended UI benefits that you have received).
Note: If you qualify for your claim to be backdated to an earlier PUA effective date based on your last day of work, you could receive payment for prior weeks you were unemployed due to COVID-19."
To find more information from the State of California Employment Development Department click HERE