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Old 04-03-2020, 11:27 PM
 
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Hi! I am a Self-employed hair stylist and on 3/22 I applied for unemployment due to the shutdown of nonessential businesses. I got a letter today called the NOTICE OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CLAIM FILED and basically it's saying that I'll be getting $0.00 for my insurance award. Im not sure why, maybe i made a mistake on the application?

I did noticed that on the application that most of the questions pertain to working for an employer or if I was employed and of course I answered "no" because I'm not employed, I am self employed. There was no "self employed" option.
The only time there was a self employed option was when they asked if I was willing to work if they had available jobs (something along those lines) and I answered "no" because I am "self employed"(that was an option).
They didn't ask me for my income on the application or taxes. There was a final question at the end where I chose the reason for not working was because of "public health" SO why am I not getting money and why is it $0.00? What should I do, does anyone else have a similar problem? Thank you for you time.
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Old 04-04-2020, 10:01 AM
 
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That’s because normally we (self employed and gig workers) get jack **** when it comes to unemployment. You applied under the “current” system. The new relief bill hasn’t come into effect yet. Since this is a government program, we have no good idea when we’re able to apply, but the California EDD site says they’re still trying to figure out how to implement these changes for those who didn’t previously qualify (meaning you and I). Unfortunately, who knows when that will actually be ready.

Link for reference:

https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

Edit: that page is updated regularly, so keep an eye on it
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Old 04-04-2020, 10:26 AM
 
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From the FAQ link off of that page:

“Can I file an Unemployment Insurance claim if I am self-employed, an independent contractor, or gig worker?

If you are self-employed, an independent contractor, or gig worker and are unable to work or have had your hours reduced due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits under a few different scenarios:

You chose to contribute to UI Elective Coverage and paid the required contributions to be considered potentially eligible for benefits.
Your past employer made contributions on your behalf over the past 5 to 18 months.
You may have been misclassified as an independent contractor instead of an employee.

When filing for your UI claim, you will be asked for your last employer.

If you own your business or are self-employed, you should list yourself as your last employer.
If you are an independent contractor, you should list yourself as your last employer.
If you believe you are misclassified as an independent contractor instead of an employee, you should list the business you contract with as your last employer. Be sure to include:
The employer name, phone number, and address.
Type of work performed.
Dates worked.
Your gross wages and how you were paid (such as hourly or weekly).
If you are a gig worker, you should list your gig employer as your last employer.”



It is entirely possible that California will disallow things for us (I honestly have no idea of what to expect), but since this is California I always keep my expectations as low as possible when it comes to things like this. I paid a ton into the system when I had my own business, but of course, that’s intended for others who “need it more.” Regardless, I’m pretty sure we should still qualify for the federal relief unemployment of $600 per week (I think), but that’s not up and running yet.
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Old 04-06-2020, 03:18 PM
 
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The recent federal rules aren't yet completely implemented on the old California unemployment insurance rules. Under the pre March 2020 rules it sounds like the $0 amount would be accurate for your situation. But the feds have made new provisions for some people in the $0 benefits category in each state. Supposedly there's work going on 24/7 to get these new provisions established and up and running.
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Old 04-06-2020, 03:32 PM
 
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In the same situation as OP.
Also filed. Made some mistakes and corrected them before sending in. To OP, when asked if you were employed' say 'yes'. You were earning $, right ? (same as gig workers)



Filed last week, then recently read : If self employed/independent contractor you must wait to file until 4/10/2020.



Hope that helps, you can google it
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