COVID-19 implementation of new UI programs

The Employment Development Department (EDD) has issued information about implementation of the Unemployment Insurance provisions of the CARES Act.

EDD is working on programming for the additional $600 per week payment.  That programming cannot be completed until states receive guidance from the United States Department of Labor.  EDD hopes that the payments can start the week of April 13, 2020.

New applications will continue to take about three weeks to process.

EDD is also waiting for final details about the 13-week extension benefits for people who exhaust current benefits before programming it.

EDD is working with California Department of Technology to develop a new application for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program which will provide benefits to people who do not qualify for regular Unemployment Insurance, including self-employed persons.  EDD hopes the program will be similar to the Disaster Unemployment Assistance programs that were available for recent disasters.  (News Release 20-09, April 2, 2020.)