You must meet three eligibility requirements to collect unemployment benefits in California:
- Your past earnings must meet certain minimum thresholds.
- You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, as defined by California law.
- You must be able, available, and actively seeking work.
How much unemployment will I get in CA?
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) determines your weekly benefit amount by dividing your earnings for the highest paid quarter of the base period by 26, up to a maximum of $450 per week. Benefits are available for up to 26 weeks.
How do I qualify for unemployment?
According to the Department of Labor, you need to meet two criteria to qualify for unemployment: You are unemployed through no fault of your own: That means you are out of a job due to reasons beyond your control, like a layoff. So, if you quit your job or are fired for gross misconduct, you’re not eligible.
Can you get unemployment if you quit in California?
If you quit your job voluntarily, without good cause, you won’t be eligible for unemployment benefits. Each state sets its own eligibility standards for unemployment, including what constitutes “good cause” to quit.
What will disqualify you from unemployment benefits?
In most states, however, an employee will be disqualified from unemployment benefit eligibility if he or she is fired for misconduct, willful behavior, or other justifiable cause. This is because unemployment benefits are paid to individuals on the condition that they look for new work.
How long does it take to get unemployment in California?
How long will it take to get my unemployment benefits after I file? The federal Department of Labor’s website says that you can expect your first unemployment check two or three weeks after you apply, as long as you submit all of the required information, and no follow-up is necessary.
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