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Old 03-22-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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Let me apologize beforehand if any of my questions are redundant, I'm not completely clear on the entire unemployment process. And I know/realize that with Congress passing the new act recently it has changed the current unemployment process/dates/extensions etc...

So, my California unemployment claim (the original one that I first filed) is set to expire at the end of April - it will be 1 year since I first filed my claim (back in April 2011).

I'm currently collecting benefits in the Tier 1 level - I'm not sure if I'll have any more weeks left in the Tier 1 level once my claim expires (if I do it may only be a couple of weeks at most).

So my questions are -

Do I need to file a new California unemployment claim come April, once the first/original claim expires, or will CA-EDD do this for me automatically?

Will I still be able/eligible to collect unemployment (moved to the Tier 2 level, etc...)? Or am I just s-o-l and can no longer collect any unemployment?

I read somewhere that I may be tested/questioned by EDD on my continued eligibility - what exactly does that mean/pertain? A telephone interview? Additional paperwork?

Does the weekly amount that I receive from unemployment change if I have to file a new claim, and/or I am extended? (FYI - I haven't worked or collected any wages in this past year so my paycheck/income has only been my unemployment - though that's not for lack of trying!)

Thanks for any help you can give.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:38 PM
 
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Since you have not earned any wages in the past year, you will not qualify for a new state claim. What will happen is, you will have to reapply for unemployment (fill it in with the same info you used the last time you did this, since nothing has changed, correct?), then you will get a letter saying that your application was 'rejected'. Ignore that. EDD will then put you back on the extension you are now on (you said Tier 2) at the same weekly benefit.

Please search the forum for 'california claim expire' or 'benefit year end' or something similar and you will find a great deal of information on this topic, including a link to a blog ('edd sucks') written by someone who either does or used to work for EDD.

As to whether EDD files or you do it, there is conflicting info. The EDD sucks blog says that if you had no earnings, EDD will see that and refile a claim for you. I am not sure I believe that. Whoever does it, you cannot file a new claim until after your old one has expired. You can't jump the gun.

The best thing to do would be to contact EDD (via their website contact form) and ask them whether you file the claim or they do. Give yourself at least a week to get a reply.

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Let me apologize beforehand if any of my questions are redundant, I'm not completely clear on the entire unemployment process. And I know/realize that with Congress passing the new act recently it has changed the current unemployment process/dates/extensions etc...

So, my California unemployment claim (the original one that I first filed) is set to expire at the end of April - it will be 1 year since I first filed my claim (back in April 2011).

I'm currently collecting benefits in the Tier 1 level - I'm not sure if I'll have any more weeks left in the Tier 1 level once my claim expires (if I do it may only be a couple of weeks at most).

So my questions are -

Do I need to file a new California unemployment claim come April, once the first/original claim expires, or will CA-EDD do this for me automatically?

Will I still be able/eligible to collect unemployment (moved to the Tier 2 level, etc...)? Or am I just s-o-l and can no longer collect any unemployment?

I read somewhere that I may be tested/questioned by EDD on my continued eligibility - what exactly does that mean/pertain? A telephone interview? Additional paperwork?

Does the weekly amount that I receive from unemployment change if I have to file a new claim, and/or I am extended? (FYI - I haven't worked or collected any wages in this past year so my paycheck/income has only been my unemployment - though that's not for lack of trying!)

Thanks for any help you can give.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:43 PM
 
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I seriously doubt you would be scheduled for any phone interview or required to fill out any additional paperwork.

If when filling out your new unemployment claim form you say you are self employed in any capacity then, yes, that would trigger a phone interview (they have to make sure you are looking for work full-time, and not trying to run a business supported by unemployment income), but otherwise, no.

You will be put back on the Tier at the same weekly benefit.
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:03 PM
 
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Thanks ACK4 - I appreciate the help. I'll definitely check out those blogs/threads you mentioned.
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:12 PM
 
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EDD will file the claim for you, as I said to you here:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/23519898-post222.html

You will remain on the tiers until exhausted. If you haven't worked, it will be routine bye recertification without an interview. CA does these routinely.

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Old 03-23-2012, 12:48 PM
 
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I am coming up on my bye soon as well.

But I worked two weeks since filing my original UI claim. Both of those jobs were 'contract/piecework' (NOT w-2 wages). At the beginning of my UI claim, I was scheduled for a tele inteview re self employment and 'approved'. They scheduled the phone interview because I had reported 'contact/piecework' income the very first week of the new claim. Later in the year, the second time I reported piecework income, there was no blowback...my claim for that two week period was paid on time, no telephone interview was requested. I have since read you only have to go through a tele interview re self employment once during the benefit year.

Two questions:

-In my case, with the two weeks of contract income having been reported during the claim year, will EDD also file on my behalf automatically at BYE?

-Will I be required to have another tele interview to re-approve self employment for the new claim. I think at some point someone told me that when I reapply for UI at bye, I should let them know that I might again have piecework self employment. I have no idea how to do that. If I do file this myself, it won't be over the telephone, it will be using the online form, which I doubt will give me an opportunity to add any notes. If they file it for me, then I cannot provide any additional information re possible self employment income in future.

Thanks in advance for any response. One way or another I will know soon enough since my bye is in about a week.

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EDD will file the claim for you, as I said to you here:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/23519898-post222.html

You will remain on the tiers until exhausted. If you haven't worked, it will be routine bye recertification without an interview. CA does these routinely.
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Two questions:

-In my case, with the two weeks of contract income having been reported during the claim year, will EDD also file on my behalf automatically at BYE?
Yes.
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Will I be required to have another tele interview to re-approve self employment for the new claim. I think at some point someone told me that when I reapply for UI at bye, I should let them know that I might again have piecework self employment. I have no idea how to do that. If I do file this myself, it won't be over the telephone, it will be using the online form, which I doubt will give me an opportunity to add any notes. If they file it for me, then I cannot provide any additional information re possible self employment income in future.
Keep claiming. CA will file the recertification for you. Because you have reported income, they will want a telephone interview and copies of the 1099s if you have them. Eventually, you will receive a message online that your claim is not payable, stating you are to call/contact them.

Or, you can be proactive, telephone CA at your bye to recertify over the phone to speed up the process. You say this isn't possible, but at some point they will want to talk with you. May as well take care of it right away.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:00 PM
 
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Ok, great, thank you! I will call them then... bec any delays could be problematic.

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Yes.

Keep claiming. CA will file the recertification for you. Because you have reported income, they will want a telephone interview and copies of the 1099s if you have them. Eventually, you will receive a message online that your claim is not payable, stating you are to call/contact them.

Or, you can be proactive, telephone CA at your bye to recertify over the phone to speed up the process. You say this isn't possible, but at some point they will want to talk with you. May as well take care of it right away.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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I am from Ohio and in a similar situation and wondering how to file for another year. I still had unclaimed weeks approved but since my year is up, what should I do to continue?
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I am from Ohio and in a similar situation and wondering how to file for another year. I still had unclaimed weeks approved but since my year is up, what should I do to continue?
Call Ohio to recertify for another year. If you have reached your benefit year end (bye), it is necessary to file for a new claim. The state will do this for you. If you have no eligible earnings, your application for a 'new' claim is denied, and your benefits from the first claim continue.

Meanwhile, continue to claim as long as the system allows.
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