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Do employees qualify for unemployment insurance?

If you live in California and are not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) under the federal CARES Act may help you. You may be eligible if you are one of the following:

  • Business owner
  • Self-employed worker
  • Independent contractor
  • People with a limited work history
  • People who have used all their regular UI benefits as well as any extended benefits
  • People who are serving false statement penalty weeks on their regular UI claim
  • If you only received a 1099 tax form last year, you are most likely eligible for PUA

If your ability to work have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19 and are seeking a medical diagnosis.
  • You cannot work because your healthcare provider told you to self-quarantine.
  • A member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • You are caring for a family member or a member of your household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • You cannot work because you are caring for a dependent whose school or care facility has closed due to COVID-19.
  • You became the main income provider due to a COVID-19 death in your household.

If the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted your employment, you may also be eligible for PUA:

  • You quit your job as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • Your workplace is closed as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • You had a definite date to begin work, but the job is no longer available, or you could not reach the job as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • You are unable to travel to your job as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • You are unemployed, partially employed, or unable to work because COVID-19 has forced you to stop working.

For more information, go to: EDD

This article was written and edited by the Tayo editorial desk and has been reviewed by an independent panel of subject matter experts.

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