Federal unemployment benefits expire in California

With most federal unemployment programs expiring Saturday, many Californians will see their unemployment benefits end or be reduced.

On Saturday night, four pandemic-related unemployment programs expire: Pandemic Unemployment Benefit, Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Supplementary Compensation, and Mixed Employee Compensation.

That means aid to 2.2 million Californians will be cut off, according to California Employment Development Department.

Another 500,000 Californians will stop receiving the additional weekly federal supplement of $ 300 with their payments, even though they will continue to receive regular state unemployment insurance, officials said.

The loss of the federal programs comes the same month California’s eviction moratorium expires on September 30th.

Many of those who benefited from the programs were gig workers, the self-employed, and others who were not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits, according to Los Angeles Times.

For those whose federal unemployment benefits end, EDD encouraging them to apply for other programs extended by the American Rescue Plan. They include up to $ 234 per. Person pr. Month in food aid via CalFresh, rental and utility room from Housing is the key program and health insurance through Covered California.

September 11 also ends a federal extension program that provides up to 13 weeks of extra benefits to people who spent all of their unemployment benefits during a period of high unemployment.

Those affected by one of the expiring programs should have received notification from EDD.

“All weeks of unemployment that occurred before these programs expire can still be paid retrospectively if an applicant is later determined to be eligible for those weeks’ benefits,” officials said.

The federal government does not allow payments after the programs are completed, even though people still have balances left on their claims, EDD said.

And some who received help through the federal programs may not be able to qualify for a regular state unemployment insurance policy if they did not receive any income for the past 18 months.

EDD has one online calculator for Californians to estimate a possible benefit amount they can get, which can range from $ 40 to $ 450 per week.


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