Unemployment Benefits Explained
DCARA has important information to share with the community. Watch our video.
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Due to COVID-19, many businesses have been disrupted. Your workplace might have suspended all operations. How can you continue to get your paychecks? You can apply for Unemployment Income (UI) or Disaster Unemployment Assistance. There are also two other benefits such as State Disability Insurance (SDI) or Paid Family Leave (PFL), only if they apply to you.
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I’d like to explain what UI is and how you can qualify or apply for it. The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program pays benefits to workers who have lost their job and meet the program’s eligibility requirements. If you have become unemployed or partially unemployed, you may file a UI claim. Also, any cut wage hours or temporary layoffs are accepted.
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The group included self-employment or independent contracts with other companies, but they are not eligible for the UI. They can apply for the PUA, which begins Tuesday, April 28. More information about the PUA, go to:
Do you feel overwhelmed or confused, frustrated, struggling, or needing help? Employment Specialists are happy to help you. Understand that employment specialists cannot access application information related to the UI or PUA. we suggest contacting EDD Customer Service because they can access your information,
Need to contact them? There are two ways to contact the EDD.
Filing a claim or reopen claim:
– English: 1-800-300-5616
– Spanish: 1-800-326-8937
– TTY: 1-800-815-9387
Their limited hours: 8 am to 12 pm (Pacific Time) on Monday-Friday except for California state holiday.
Technical issue or general information? 833-978-2511 8 am to 8 pm (Pacific Time) on Monday to Sunday (Pacific Time), seven days a week.
Go to Frequently Answered Questions link: https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/FAQs.htm
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Now, as for SDI, this is a different program from UI. State Disability Insurance (SDI) provides partial wage replacement benefits to eligible California workers who are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. SDI contributions are paid by California workers through employee payroll deductions.
Next, we have Paid Family Leave (PFL), it provides partial wage replacement benefits to employees who need to take time off from work to care for a seriously ill family member (child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner) or to bond with a new child entering the family through birth, adoption, or foster care placement.
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If you need more information or services from any of our Employment Specialists, call HQ at 510-343-6670 or email email@example.com.
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Starting today on April 28, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program and start receiving benefits. Contact DCARA for more information.]