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EDD ramps up the implementation of federal Cares Act benefits You can go to (EDD CA GOV) Newsroom and see this latest release.

All they are doing now is processing normal w2 unemployment claims.

When all this stuff is up and running we independent contractors will be able to apply through the New Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

If you notice everything is in the future tense. But all claims will be backdated to March 27, 2019, when the president signed the bill.

They are working on programming needed. They are awaiting final details to be able to start, They are working to develop the application needed to stand up this new program.

1. Additional $600 payments for workers with a UI claim.
The EDD is working on the programming needed to implement the extra $600 per week benefit payment paid by the federal government to workers collecting regular UI benefits. That programming can't be finalized until states receive the details and final guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor. Barring any big surprises in that guidance when it arrives, it is EDD's hope that the extra benefit payments can begin next week and continue thereafter as bi-weekly payments come due for unemployed Californians. It always takes about three (3) weeks for most Californians to receive their first benefit payment if found eligible, with the exception primarily of wage and identity issues. But after that first benefit payment, unemployed workers will have to answer basic certification questions every two weeks to receive bi-weekly payments as long as they remain eligible

2. 13-week extension of UI benefits for those who exhaust their current benefits.
The EDD is also awaiting final details to be able to start programming to grant an additional 13 weeks of federally paid unemployment benefits when an unemployed worker runs out of all of the benefits associated with their regular state-administered unemployment claim. In California, regular state benefit payments can be made for up to 26 weeks within a one-year timeframe

3 . New Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program initiated for those who don't qualify for regular UI benefits, including the self-employed.
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a brand new program. The EDD is working quickly with the California Department of Technology (CDT)/Office of Digital Innovation to develop the application needed to stand up this new program to serve unemployed Californians who don't usually qualify for regular UI benefits, including the self-employed. It is the EDD's hope that this new program will closely mirror the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program benefits that Californians have received in the wake of recent disasters including the large wildfires. (more) EDD News Release No.: 20-09 - 3 - April 2, 2020 PO Box 826880  MIC 85  Sacramento CA  94280-0001  www.edd.ca.gov Again, Californians should watch for updates on EDD's website that will include instructions for workers who may have already applied for benefits and were not found eligible for the regular state-administered UI program.
 

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As I said last week: July...

The federal stimulus bill makes the additional funds available for the STATES to disburse through their existing UI systems. Each state will implement these desired changes in their own specific way. California's EDD will have to re-program their COBOL based legacy system to broaden the class of eligible claimants (to include rideshare drivers). That will take a couple weeks. Then changes to the claims process (re-printed forms, changes to website, training for staff). Another couple weeks at least.

Before UI claims skyrocketed, California's EDD needed three weeks (from submission of claim to first issue of payment) to get eligible recipients their money. Presently, the EDD is entirely overwhelmed by the millions of new STANDARD claims. They protest that they will keep to the 3-weeks timeline for STANDARD applications, but - c'mon - that's like Trump saying in January he had COVID under control. That 3-week timeline is gonna slip, and that's for the standard cases that precisely fit the mold of what EDD's computer system can handle without much human intervention. Rideshare drivers' cases will not be STANDARD. Humans will have to look at those. At best, you might hope to see your first unemployment check reach you 2 months after you filed.
So:
2 weeks - COBOL programming
2 weeks - EDD process adjustment
File claim
2 months til first payment
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You are looking at getting some of that stimulus UI pay at the beginning of July, at the very earliest. And bear in mind, you can't keep working rideshare (or any other independent contractor job) in the meantime, because then you void your application (or commit welfare fraud).

If you are one of the happy-go-lucky types who posted all these threads entitled "Yey, we get Unemployment", please: update your threads when you hold that first check in your hands. I'll check back in July to see how you're doing.
 

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is this essentially saying some jumped the gun applying too soon...although EDD itself said to apply now if your a independent contractor in tweets like this saying they'll sort it out.
The world doesn't revolve around Uber drivers.

There are thousands of other little people out there who got exploited as mis-labeled independent contractors. The kind that didn't sign petitions trying to revoke AB5, which actually already made them employees.
 

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The world doesn't revolve around Uber drivers.

There are thousands of other little people out there who got exploited as mis-labeled independent contractors. The kind that didn't sign petitions trying to revoke AB5, which actually already made them employees.
didnt say it did, but seeing how this is a uber forum , and not the spearmint rhino forum i figured this was pertaining to driving gig workers
 
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