Volume 45 Number 4
On your first day of unemployment, or as soon as possible thereafter, contact the Employment Development Department (EDD).
NOTE: you are no longer allowed to file in person at an EDD Office.
File your claim online You can access eApply4UI https://eapply4ui.edd.ca.gov at any time, at your convenience, in English or Spanish.
File by Telephone Telephone 1-866-333-4606 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Be sure you have in front of you a copy of your current appointment letter or load sheet which specifies the beginning and ending date of employment, plus information on your employer’s address, phone number, and your wages.
File by Mail or Fax Use the paper application, available at: https://eapply4ui.edd.ca.gov/default.htm?target=paper Read the information, then print out the application, hand write your answers and mail or fax to EDD for processing.
You do not have to wait for your paychecks to stop to file your application. Don’t delay, because eligibility for payments begins with the first day of application, regardless of how long you may have been unemployed prior to applying. There is also a one-week period for each benefit year. You will be given forms to determine if you are eligible (actually unemployed, paid qualifying wages during the required base period, etc.).
Upon receiving your claim, EDD will contact the college to confirm your employment status and to ask if you have “reasonable assurance” of returning to work. In some cases, Human Resources Directors or other staff assume that part-time instructors will be rehired, even if an offer was conditional or there is no written appointment as yet, and they will tell EDD that you will be returning.
If the campus informs EDD that a person is returning or still employed, then EDD is likely to deny benefits. If this happens, its is very important that you file an appeal.
EDD will mail you the form that you must complete to demonstrate that you are actively seeking work appropriate to your skills and training. Note: You are NOT required to seek employment outside of your regular line of work.