HUGE Update for Fourth CA UI Extension!!!
From CA EDD’s website:
Good news for those who have exhausted all available extended unemployment benefits as of December 5, 2009.
EDD was able to complete necessary testing and automatically file the new federal extension claims on Sunday night for potentially eligible claimants who have already run out of benefits. Notifications alerting approximately 115,000 people of their filing status and claim forms to verify eligibility are being sent in the mail today, Monday, December 14, 2009. With this automatic filing of extension claims, claimants who previously had been advised to file for the extension, will no longer need to submit a new application online.
In addition, EDD has been able to expedite the payment process in the extraordinary case of this new extension. That should enable the department to issue and mail the first two-week checks for those eligible claimants by the end of the day on Tuesday, December 15. This is being done as a one-time event due to the severe nature of the recession, the extenuating circumstances surrounding the complex programming of the Department’s outdated computer systems, and the difficulties faced by many long-term unemployed workers who went without benefits for several weeks until Congress approved the new extension program. The work-around process developed in our system is for the first two-week checks only.
Once eligible claimants receive their first check, the next two-week claim form will be attached. Claimants are encouraged to quickly and accurately complete the form and mail it back right away to EDD for additional weeks of eligibility that have already passed. Eligible claimants who immediately return claim forms for past weeks will receive claim forms and checks until they are caught up with all eligible weeks under the new federal extension. The first payable week under the new federal extension program is the week beginning November 8, 2009.
It’s important to remember that someone has to fully exhaust all benefits currently available to them before they can qualify for the new third tier of benefits approved by the federal government in November. It’s estimated that approximately 164,000 Californians will become eligible for the new extension upon running out of their current benefits between now and December 27, which is the current federal deadline for filing for any new extension of unemployment benefits.
Congress is currently considering legislation to extend the filing deadline of the existing emergency extended benefit programs. Please watch this Web site for further developments on the filing deadline and other UI-related issues. You can also sign up for our Twitter messages so you are alerted as soon as any new posting occurs.