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Unemployment Insurance – Forms and Publications

Benefit Determination Guide - Discussion of UI Law

Unemployment Insurance Benefit Table (2005)
Chart that can be used to calculate weekly benefits.
DE 1101BT5 – English | DE 1101BT5/S – Spanish

Unemployment Insurance Benefits: What You Need to Know
Helps claimants understand the eligibility requirements that must be met to receive UI benefits.
DE 1275B – English | DE 1275B/A – Armenian | DE 1275B/CC – Traditional Chinese
DE 1275B/CM – Simplified Chinese | DE 1275B/H – Hmong | DE 1275B/K – Korean | DE 1275B/L – Laotian
DE 1275B/P – Punjabi | DE 1275B/R – Russian | DE 1275B/S – Spanish | DE 1275B/T – Tagalog
DE 1275B/V – Vietnamese

A Guide To Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Work Sharing Participants
This booklet contains information about the Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance (UI) program.
DE 1275WS – English | DE 1275WS/S – Spanish | DE 1275WS/CC – Traditional Chinese
DE 1275WS/CM – Simplified Chinese | DE 1275WS/V – Vietnamese

Instructions for Benefit Audit
Instructions on how to complete Benefit audit form outlining the commonly asked questions.
DE 1296E – English

Instructions for New Employee Registry (NER) Benefit Audit
Provides instructions to the employers for completing the New Employee Registry Benefit Audit, DE 1296NER
DE 1296NERE - English

27 Ways to Avoid Losing Your Unemployment Appeal
Guide to assist claimants, employers, and representatives understand the appeal hearing process.
DE 1432 – English

Notice to Employees
Advises employees of potential UI, DI, and PFL Insurance benefits.
DE 1857A – English | DE 1857A/S – Spanish

Notice to Employees-Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Advises employees that an employer is registered under the California Unemployment Insurance Code and reports wage credits accumulated and you may be eligible for UI benefits.
DE 1857D – English | | DE 1857D/S – Spanish

For Your Benefit: California’s Programs for the Unemployed
Describes EDD services and is issued to individuals by employers.
DE 2320 – English | DE 2320/A – Armenian | DE 2320/CC – Traditional Chinese
DE 2320/CM – Simplified Chinese | DE 2320/H – Hmong | DE 2320/K – Korean
DE 2320/L – Laotian | DE 2320/P – Punjabi | DE 2320/R – Russian | DE 2320/S – Spanish
DE 2320/T – Tagalog | DE 2320/V – Vietnamese

Unemployment Insurance: File Claims, Payment Information, General Information
How to file or reopen an unemployment insurance claim, get payment or general claim information, and other resources available at America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM.
DE 2320M – English | DE 2320M/A – Armenian DE 2320M/CC – Traditional Chinese
DE 2320M/CM – Simplified Chinese | DE 2320M/H – Hmong | DE 2320M/K – Korean
DE 2320M/L – Laotian | DE 2320M/P – Punjabi | DE 2320M/R – Russian
DE 2320M/S – Spanish | DE 2320M/T – Tagalog | DE 2320M/V – Vietnamese

Unemployment Claim Filing by TTY
For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Customers
DE 2323TTY – English | DE 2323TTY/S – Spanish

Information You Need to File an Unemployment Insurance Claim
DE 2326 – English | DE 2326/A – Armenian | DE 2326/C – Traditional Chinese | DE 2326/CC – Traditional Chinese
DE 2326/H – Hmong | DE 2326/K – Korean | DE 2326/L – Laotian | DE 2326/P – Punjabi
DE 2326/R – Russian | DE 2326/S – Spanish | DE 2326/T – Tagalog | DE 2326/V – Vietnamese

Managing your Unemployment Insurance Claim
Tips for Completing the Continued Claim Form
DE 2327 – English | DE 2327/C – Traditional Chinese | DE 2327/S – Spanish | DE 2327/V – Vietnamese

Tips for Qualifying for California Training Benefits
A quick overview of CTB eligibility and approval process.
DE 2332 – English | DE 2332/S – Spanish | DE 2332/A – Armenian | DE 2332/CC – Traditional Chinese
DE 2332/CM – Simplified Chinese | DE 2332/H – Hmong | DE 2332/K – Korean | DE 2332/L – Laotian
DE 2332/P – Punjabi | DE 2332/R – Russian | DE 2332/T – Tagalog | DE 2332/V – Vietnamese

UI Online User Guide
DE 2338G – English | DE 2338G/S – Spanish

How to Set Up a UI OnlineSM Account
DE 2338H – English | DE 2338H/S – Spanish | DE 2338H/A – Armenian | DE 2338H/CC – Traditional Chinese
DE 2338H/CM – Simplified Chinese | DE 2338H/H – Hmong | DE 2338H/K – Korean | DE 2338H/L – Laotian
DE 2338H/P – Punjabi | DE 2338H/R – Russian | DE 2338H/T – Tagalog | DE 2338H/V – Vietnamese

UI OnlineSM Poster
DE 2338P – English | DE 2338P/S – Spanish

Unemployment Insurance Alternate Base Period Program Employer Tip Sheet
A quick overview of the Unemployment Insurance Alternate Base Period Program for employers.
DE 2339 – English

Protect Your Identity and Stop Unemployment Insurance Imposter Fraud
Tips on how you can protect yourself against identity theft and UI imposter fraud.
DE 2360EE – English | DE 2360EE/S – Spanish

How You Can Prevent Unemployment Insurance Imposter Fraud
Tips on how you can help EDD prevent UI imposter fraud and identity theft and, at the same time, help control your UI costs.
DE 2360ER – English

How To Report Unemployment Insurance Fraud
Describes the different types of UI fraud and how to report it to EDD.
DE 2360TF – English | DE 2360TF/S – Spanish

Unemployment Insurance Important Information: The Employment Development Department (EDD) Fraud Prevention and Detection Activities
An insert periodically mailed with the Continued Claim Form (DE 4581) to remind claimants to report work and wages when collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits. Also, advises claimants that EDD uses the California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) data to ensure work and wages are properly reported.
DE 2361CS – English/Spanish

Help Us Fight Fraud
Describes the different types of fraud in EDD’s programs and how to report it.
DE 2370 – English

Your New CalJOBSSM
Describes what CalJOBSSM is, how to access it, how to register and the fact that thousands of jobs are available, and the ability to create and post a resume. (Trifold brochure)
DE 2456 – English | DE 2456/S – Spanish

Claims Management Handbook for School Employers
The purpose of this handbook is to provide information to assist School Employees Fund (SEF) employers in managing their Unemployment Insurance (UI) costs.
DE 3450SEF – English

Instructions to Claimants for Reporting Residual Payments and Holding Fees
Explains residual payments and holding fees and provides claimants with guidelines for reporting these payments and fees.
DE 4005 – English

Completion Instructions for Notice of Reduced Earnings, DE 2063
Employer instructions for completing the Notice of Reduced Earnings.
DE 4209 – English

Completion Instructions for Notice of Reduced Earnings (Fisherperson), DE 2063F
Employer instructions for completing the Notice of Reduced Earnings (Fisherperson)
DE 4210F – English

Managing Unemployment Insurance Costs, DE 4527
Provides general information on the UI program and can assist employers in managing UI costs.
DE 4527 – English

Employment Development Department Procedures for Investigating Trade Disputes, DE 4654
Describes general procedures used by EDD to investigate trade disputes.
DE 4654 – English

Information about the New California Earned Income Tax Credit
This document provides claimants with information regarding the new California Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
DE 8341EITC – English/Spanish

Getting Back to Work After a Trade-Related Layoff
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits and services available to trade-affected workers.
DE 8392A – English - TAA benefits and services under the 2002 Trade Act program.

Guide for Work Sharing Employers
Provides employers with information on the Work Sharing program. For more information, review the FAQs – Work Sharing Information for Employers.
DE 8684 – English

Work Sharing Requirements and Criteria
Provides employers with all of the requirements and criteria for the Work Sharing program.
DE 8686RQ – English

Unemployment Insurance Bookmark
Provides general information about filing an Unemployment Insurance claim.
DE 8717UI – English | DE 8717UI/CM – Simplified Chinese
DE 8717UI/S – Spanish

State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) Tip Card
Provides general information to employers and Third Party Administrators about SIDES and how to get started. Learn more at State Information Data Exchange System.
DE 8807 – English

State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) E-Response User Guide
Provides employers and third party administrators with step-by-step instructions on how to use SIDES.
DE 8808 – English

State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) Web Service User Guide (DE 8809)
Provides employers and third party administrators with step-by-step instructions on how to use SIDES Web Service.
DE 8809 – English

What is Unemployment Insurance Fraud?
General information on UI fraud and penalties.
DE 8811 – English | DE 8811/S – Spanish

Protect Your Business from Higher Taxes
Tips for employers to help prevent improper payment of UI benefits.
DE 8812 – English

Top 10 Things You Should Know about the UI System When Filing Your Claim
General rules for UI claimants when filing a claim to prevent legal consequences of fraud.
DE 8813 – English | DE 8813/S – Spanish

You Must Search for Work While Collecting UI Benefits
General information on requirements to report and actively search for work while collecting UI benefits.
DE 8814 – English | DE 8814/S – Spanish

STOP: Avoid the Serious Consequences of Not Properly Reporting Work, Wages, and Other Income When Submitting Certifications for Continuing Benefits
Advises claimants regarding the importance of properly reporting work and wages when certifying for UI benefits.
DE 8815 – English/Spanish


Employment Development Department

In California, the Employment Development Department (EDD) is a department of government that provides a variety of services to businesses, workers, and job seekers. The EDD's largest task is the administration of the Unemployment Insurance (UI), Disability Insurance (DI), and Paid Family Leave (PFL) programs, which provide benefits to workers who are willing to work but are unemployed, disabled or must care for family members. The Department also provides employment service programs and collects the state's labor market information and employment data. In addition, the Department is one of California's three major taxation agencies, alongside California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and the Franchise Tax Board; in addition to collecting unemployment insurance taxes, the Department administers the reporting, collection, and enforcement of the state's personal income taxes.[2]


The Legislature created the Department of Employment as part of the Unemployment Reserves Act in 1935. The act (Statutes 1935, chapter 352) was set up to provide "a (monetary) reserve to assist in protecting the public against the social effects of unemployment." The purpose of the department was to operate a statewide system of employment agencies and distribute the payment of unemployment insurance to eligible unemployed workers.

The employment agencies were an existing legacy program launched by the Legislature in 1915 to match unemployed jobseekers with employers; they were briefly part of the Department of Industrial Relations (created in 1927) before the Department of Employment was created.

As part of Governor Reagan's Reorganization Plan of 1968, the Department of Employment was placed under the Human Relations Agency. With the signing of chapter 1460 that same year, the department became the Department of Human Resources Development, which assumed the duties, purposes, responsibility, and jurisdiction of the former department. The name of the department was again changed in 1974 (chapter 1212), when it became the Employment Development Department.[3]



The Administration Branch provides administrative support to the Department, including providing business operations planning and support services, human resource services for EDD employees, and accounting for the Department's annual budget.[4]

The Disability Insurance Branch has over 1,200 employees organized into a Central Office; a Field Operations Division (with Claims Management Offices and Customer Service Centers); and an Office of the Medical Director.[5] The Branch administers the State Disability Insurance program (which includes Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave), as well as Non-Industrial Disability Insurance. Among other initiatives, by 2011 the Branch plans to implement a Disability Insurance Automation project for more efficient and effective electronic communications and information processing.[5][6] The state's legal and regulatory requirements for the Branch's programs are found in the California Unemployment Insurance Code, the California Labor Code, and Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.[7]

The Information Technology Branch is responsible for automation planning, policy, development, maintenance, support, operations, and oversight of automation systems within the Department.[4] The branch provides data processing technical support and services for one of the largest information technology environments in State government, including the planning, development, maintenance, installation, and support of telecommunications systems such as cabling, voice, and data equipment.

The Policy, Accountability, and Compliance Branch performs review oversight and technical assistance functions for the Director, EDD's executive staff, and state and local EDD program management.[4] Its services include:

  • assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of programs, operations, and systems;
  • performing compliance oversight to ensure that EDD programs are in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations; and
  • serving as an advocate to improve services for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers.

The Branch is responsible for fraud detection and deterrence "through sound internal control structures, internal and external audits, risk assessments, detailed Quality Control reviews, and criminal investigations".[8]

The Public Affairs Branch provides outreach, marketing services, communications, and training that support EDD programs[4] and the employment of special targeted populations. The branch is composed of the Marketing and Constituent Services Office, the Communications Office and the Web Content and Usability Group.

The Tax Branch, one of the largest tax collection agencies in the nation, handles all administrative, education, customer service, and enforcement functions for the audit and collection of Unemployment Insurance Tax, Employment Training Tax, State Disability Insurance Tax, and Personal Income Tax withholding.[4] Unemployment Insurance Tax and Employment Training Tax are employer contributions, while State Disability Insurance Tax and Personal Income Tax are withheld from employees' wages.[9] Each year, EDD collects more than $85 billion in payroll taxes, including nearly $71 billion in Personal Income Tax, processes more than 50 million employer payroll tax documents and remittances, and maintains records for more than 19 million workers. The branch offers a variety of payroll seminars and workshops and provides one-on-one services to employers to help them meet their tax obligations.

The Unemployment Insurance Branch administers the Unemployment Insurance program.

The Workforce Services Branch includes several major programs. The Branch administers the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) and the California law that expands upon the WARN Act.[10]


Unemployment Insurance program[edit]

Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a federal-state program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for new work.

The UI program benefits the individual and the local community. For the most part, UI benefits are spent in the local community, which helps sustain the economic well-being of local businesses. The UI program pays benefits to workers who have lost their job and meet the program's eligibility requirements.[11]

Disability Insurance program[edit]

Disability Insurance (DI) is a component of the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program, established in 1946, to provide partial wage replacement benefits to eligible California workers who are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. The SDI program covers approximately 18.3 million California workers. California workers through employee payroll deductions pay SDI contributions.

Paid Family Leave[edit]

Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides up to 8 weeks of partial pay to employees who 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, or to participate in a qualifying event because of a family member's (child, parent, spouse, or registered domestic partner) military deployment to a foreign country.

The PFL program covers approximately 18.3 million California workers and is funded through mandatory employee payroll deductions. If eligible, you can receive approximately 60 to 70 percent (depending on income) of wages earned 5 to 18 months prior to your claim start date up to 8 weeks within any 12-month period.

Jobs and training services[edit]

The EDD offers a variety of comprehensive services and programs at no cost designed to benefit all job seekers including laid off workers, youth, workers looking for better opportunities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Through the America's Job Center of CaliforniaSM locations, the EDD provides individuals with job search and résumé workshops, job fairs and referrals, training, and much more.

Businesses can benefit from using the EDD's state computers, and interview rooms. These services are available at no cost for recruiting and screening of job applicants, employee training, and organization of job fairs and workshops. The EDD also provides labor-market statistics, fidelity bonding, and tax credit incentives. More information about these services is available through CalJOBSSM and at America's Job Center of CaliforniaSM locations throughout the state.

Labor Market Information[edit]

The Labor Market Information Division (LMID) is the official source for California Labor Market Information. The LMID promotes California's economic health by providing information to help people understand California's economy and make informed labor market choices. We collect, analyze, and publish statistical data and reports on California's labor force, industries, occupations, employment projections, wages and other important labor market and economic data. To learn more visit the EDD website.

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California Employment Development Department (EDD) Employee Reviews

Terrible and unqualified managers, Micromanaging is in another level

ANONYMOUS (Former Employee) - Van Nuys, CA - March 20, 2021

The trainers and especially the MANAGERS do not understand policies and procedures of the EDD program. Lots of politics especially when it comes to promotion (even questionable). They cannot read and understand polices and procedures because they were promoted from other positions. They specified the quality of the claims but in reality, it's the quantity. Their creating issues are illogical and not supported by any concrete evidences, but the evidences are supported by their verbal and writing lies. These managers' behaviors are protected by upper managers, EDD department and state personnel board because they never read the write-ups and termination packet to see whether the creating issues are illogical or not and because they do not care about employees. EDD mission, vision and 12-essentials are lies. Some of the managers cannot write a proper sentence (literally was in shock mode when some of them would email their employees). Many many things within this venue is questionable. To be honest, this place really needs a reality check.


Micromanage, Terrible management, Toxic work environment

CA EDD Work Search Requirements Full Guide - Job Search, RESEA, Pending, UI PEUC PUA FED ED

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This Google™ translation feature, provided on the Employment Development Department (EDD) website, is for informational purposes only.

The web pages currently in English on the EDD website are the official and accurate source for the program information and services the EDD provides. Any discrepancies or differences created in the translation are not binding and have no legal effect for compliance or enforcement purposes. If any questions arise related to the information contained in the translated website, please refer to the English version.

The EDD is unable to guarantee the accuracy of this translation and is therefore not liable for any inaccurate information or changes in the formatting of the pages resulting from the translation application tool.

Forms and publications provided on the EDD website cannot be translated using Google™ Translate. Some forms and publications are translated by the department in other languages. For those forms, visit the Online Forms and Publications section.

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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Last updated: 10/07/2021 | Español | COVID-19 Main Page | COVID-19 FAQs

Federal unemployment benefit programs under the CARES Act ended on September 4, 2021. You will no longer be paid benefits on the following claim types for weeks of unemployment after September 4:

Note:Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) benefits are no longer payable after September 11.

The federal government does not allow benefit payments to be made for weeks of unemployment after these programs end, even if you have a balance left on your claim. Any pending payments for weeks of unemployment before the expiration of benefits will be processed retroactively if you are found eligible and did not receive conditional payments. Notices were sent about what to expect based on your claim type.

For more information, visit Federal Provisions for Unemployment.

You may qualify for other State programs to help cover food, housing, and healthcare expenses.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) was part of the federal assistance that helped unemployed Californians who were not usually eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. PUA included up to 86 weeks of benefits, beginning February 2, 2020. The date you could start collecting these benefits depended on when you were directly affected by COVID-19 and the date you filed your PUA claim.

PUA benefits ended September 4, 2021. The last day you could apply for a PUA claim was October 6, 2021, for weeks of unemployment before September 4.


PUA benefits were available if you did not qualify for regular unemployment benefits and were out of business or had significantly reduced your services as a direct result of the pandemic. The following were eligible for PUA:

  • Business owners.
  • Self-employed workers.
  • Independent contractors.
  • People with a limited work history.
  • People who had used all their regular UI benefits as well as any extended benefits.
  • People who were serving false statement penalty weeks on their regular UI claim.

Your Claim Date

The start date of your claim was the Sunday of the week you applied for unemployment. For PUA applications received on or after December 27, 2020, the earliest start date for a PUA claim was December 6, 2020.


Federally Approved COVID-19 Reasons

You must also be unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to at least one of the following reasons to be eligible for PUA:

  • I have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and am seeking a medical diagnosis.
  • A member of my household has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • I am providing care for a family member or a member of my household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • A child or other person in my household for which I am the primary caregiver is unable to attend school or another facility that is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency and such school or facility care is required for me to work.
  • I am unable to reach my place of employment because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • I am unable to reach my place of employment because I have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
  • I was scheduled to commence employment and do not have a job or am unable to reach the job as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • I have become the breadwinner or major support for my household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • I quit my job as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • My place of employment is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • I am self-employed (including an independent contractor and gig worker) and experienced a significant reduction of my customary or usual services because of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Benefit Payments


After your account is set up, you must “certify” for your benefit payments. Certifying is answering basic questions every two weeks that tells us you’re still unemployed and eligible to continue receiving payments.

Note: With a PUA claim, you can only certify online or by mail for weeks of unemployment before September 4, 2021. You cannot use EDD Tele-CertSM to certify.

Usually, it will take about a week after you certify before you receive your first benefit payment. With the large amount of claims we are processing, there may be delays. If you are eligible, you may get your first PUA payment in about two days if you already have a Debit Card from the EDD. New debit cards and checks are mailed within four to seven days. Once you activate the card, you can track, use, and transfer your benefit payments.

Reporting Wages

When you certify for benefit payments every two weeks, report your gross (total) earnings. How you report your income is different for self-employment income (1099 wages) and wages paid by an employer (W-2 wages):

  • 1099 wages: If you are a self-employed worker, independent contractor, or business owner, report your income in the weeks you actually received payment, no matter when you performed the service. If you performed services, but didn’t receive income that week, then you do not need to report any income for that week.
  • W-2 wages: If you are not self-employed, report your income for the week you worked, not when you were paid.

Note: Sales tax is not considered income and does not need to be reported to the EDD.

Payment Phases

Payments were issued in phases. If you qualified for PUA, these were the minimum payments based on your claim’s start date:

Phase 1: February 2 to March 28, 2020

$167 per week for each week you were unemployed due to COVID-19.

Phase 2: March 29 to July 25, 2020

$167 plus $600 per week for each week you are unemployed due to COVID-19.

Phase 3: July 26 to December 26, 2020

$167 per week, for each week that you are unemployed due to COVID-19.

Phase 4: From December 27, 2020 to the end of the program.

$167 plus $300 per week for each week you are unemployed due to COVID-19.

You may have qualified for PUA benefits for up to a total of 86 weeks (minus any regular unemployment and FED-ED benefits you received).

Payment Increases

If you earned more than $17,368 in 2019, we would have contacted you about increasing your weekly benefit amount. You must be able to provide documentation to prove your income.

The maximum for PUA benefits was $450 per week. To qualify, your net self-employment income for 2019 needs to have been more than $46,696. If you are not able to provide proof of income, we will not increase your payments.

Note: The additional $300 was added each week as part of the continued federal assistance for claims between December 27, 2020, and September 4, 2021.

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EDD says people must look for work to get jobless aid. So, what qualifies as looking for a job?

OAKLAND, Calif. -- As the economy opens up, so are more jobs -- yet more than two million Californians are still collecting unemployment. But now the EDD is nudging folks to get back to work.

The Employment Development Department was notorious for putting roadblocks in the way of getting benefits during the pandemic. Now it's saying workers must also swear they are trying to find a job or they will lose benefits. Is this another roadblock?

Melissa Guttierez of Oakland lost her bartending job when businesses shut down in the pandemic. But like millions of others, she didn't have to look for work in order to qualify for unemployment during the lockdown.

"It asked me if I was able to go find work and I put no -- because of shelter-in-place," Guttierez said.

All that's changing now.

"To continue receiving benefits, you have to regularly certify that you're able to work and actively looking for work," says former EDD director Michael Bernick.

He says unemployed workers now must try to find a job -- although he says rules are pretty loose. "It's a nudge. It's an encouragement for people to look for work. it's a soft requirement."

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Question 3 on the EDD form asks simply: "Did you look for work?"

"And you have to certify 'yes' to continue to receive benefits, but you don't have to list employers you've contacted or any mechanism. So it's largely really entirely an honor system," says Bernick.

So, what qualifies as "looking for a job?"

Workers can register with CalJOBS, the state's employment service. Or, send out resumes, interview for a job, even attend a job fair.

Rules are even looser for gig workers, the self employed, and business owners who get special pandemic benefits.

"If you can just basically say, honestly, that you're doing things to try to get your business back or expand your business, that is sufficient," Bernick says.

WATCH | EDD rep answers your questions about unemployment benefits

He says it's possible but unlikely the EDD will check up on you, or that workers will suddenly flood the marketplace.

"Workers are not flocking back to previous jobs... we hear every day about employers who say, 'I can't find job applicants,'" he says.

Bernick says the real nudge to find work will come in September when a $300 federal subsidy expires -- and when kids are back at school. "When the unemployment assistance supplement ends, when the schools finally reopen, when childcare is more available, and when people have had time, frankly, to reconsider, do I want to keep doing what I was doing before?"

The job search requirement can give you a head start for when those benefits expire in September -- and for gig workers, and the self employed, federal benefits end entirely on Sept. 4.


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This Google™ translation feature, provided on the Employment Development Department (EDD) website, is for informational purposes only.

The web pages currently in English on the EDD website are the official and accurate source for the program information and services the EDD provides. Any discrepancies or differences created in the translation are not binding and have no legal effect for compliance or enforcement purposes. If any questions arise related to the information contained in the translated website, please refer to the English version.

The EDD is unable to guarantee the accuracy of this translation and is therefore not liable for any inaccurate information or changes in the formatting of the pages resulting from the translation application tool.

Forms and publications provided on the EDD website cannot be translated using Google™ Translate. Some forms and publications are translated by the department in other languages. For those forms, visit the Online Forms and Publications section.

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