In response to ongoing delays in making timely unemployment benefits payments, California’s Unemployment Agency – The Employment Development Department (EDD) – has announced that it will begin paying unemployment insurance benefits for claimants whose payments have been pending for at least two weeks.
While this currently only being done for jobless residents in California, it is highly likely this will be adopted in other states, where unemployment benefits have not ended.
According to the EDD, the new conditional payment program will still require claimants to clear identity and fraud checks (e.g via ID.me) before getting payments. But overall it is expected thousands of claimants waiting on current and past payments for more than two weeks will see faster payments in the coming weeks. The EDD will be sending notices to eligible claimants.
But be warned: Claimants who are later found to be ineligible for these payments may be required to pay them back, although the EDD says there will be exceptions for financial hardship and situations where the ineligibility is not the claimant’s fault.
I will update further if other states roll out this conditional payment program.
9 thoughts on “Pending Unemployment Benefits To Be Paid Conditionally”
I have been on a regular UI claim since july 2020, EDD filed an extension automatically, and when my year end benefits claim was going to expire, I filed for a new UI. Claim, everything was going good, got my WBA even recieved the BofA debit card brochure, then never heard anything else about my claim for weeks, but I was still certifying for my benefits, I sent a message from my UI online inbox from there everything has been a nightmare, got a message saying I might qualify for the mixed earners income, then I get another message saying I was on the mixed earners income program and I recieved the extra $100 a week which I sent a message back letting them know that I never was on that program and I never got the $100 a week, then I get a message saying they were going to file an extension for me nothing is required on my part, so I messaged back telling them that I’m on a regular UI claim, and I was so frustrated I kinda got rude and told them that I can see why they have a huge backlog, they dont know what they are doing, then I get a message saying I have to prove my eligibility for benefits and they will notify me of my interview date and time, after waiting 3 months I get a message saying they mailed me my interview letter which I never recieved, then the first week of January 2022 my phone rang it was EDD my interview, i thought everything went great answered her questions which were basic questions she told me she would be contacting my last employer i said ok, never heard anything so i messaged again asking how long does it take to determine eligibility, i get a reply saying my eligibility was denied due to a false statement that I recieved a overpayment letter within the past 3 yrs, now I’m fuming because it’s been over 10+ years since I was last on unemployment and I will appeal this, and why haven’t I recieved a denial letter In the mail. The reply said we have put in a request for a claim specialist to review your claim, they will get back to me , that was on 1/19/22. Still no denial letter in the mail, makes one wonder if its fraud on EDD, my pending weeks are from last july thru middle of Oct, I got a job so I stopped certifying for benefits asking wheres my payments for past months I certified for.. this is B.S
I have been waiting over 101 days (now 140) days for a hearing date on an appeal I filed. Out of nowhere I was told I was no longer pandemic eligible for EDD. The first issue was my Identification. Once I cleared that up EDD said I just wasn’t UI eligible. Every worker can see nothing in my file that would make me ineligible. I haven’t received a check since Dec.2020. For some reason they had me certify for two weeks in April yet for no other weeks between December and now. I cannot get them to respond to any emails I’ve written, Letters I have mailed in, nor can I get through on the phone lines. I’ve gone to my assembly and got no help, I’ve tried contacting legal aid and gotten no help. I have no idea where to get help out or how to get them to give me a hearing date so this matter can get straightened out. They have gone past their own deadline in giving me a hearing. I am at a loss. I appreciate anyone that could point me in the direction of help.
I have talked to anyone in 8 months haven’t gotten any money since April of 2021. ID.me, then fact finding. Plus almost went to prison for food stamp fraud how can it be fraud when you can’t even get unemployment, back pay , nothing, and the governor is just happy go lucky with his life. No emotions about us that’s starving, homeless, just plain freaking tired, and yet they are happy as can be
went in got my weeks backdated but as soon as i filed it says denied yet iv called an when it was looked at there is nothing wrong with the claim
The same thing is happening to me. They r trying to tell me that I’m all paid for backdated payments and no problems are showing up on my claim. I never to this day got any backdated payments but after I did some research of my account and diffrent web sitrs I come to find out my incorrect information is part of a glitch that has never been fixed and no one is getting back to me so we can get it fixed and I get my payments. I call and they put a ticket in for me and my complaint but never get back to me. I can’t even file an appeal. .
I’m in extension of my benefits. It’s more than 3 weeks and my benefits still in pending status. Haven’t receive any explanations why my benefits still on hold. Everything start to fall. Not getting any interviews for any job applications. There’s one here and there a job offer but it’s too far to commute just to work partime and to earn a little bit and with gas price now a days is so impossible to survive without the unemployment benefits. Please help us to resolve this issue with EDD.
Exact same situation, this sucks and very depressing.
I have been laid off since August 13 it is October 4 still no body can tell me nothing sent everything they’re asking for all I get it’s being reviewed how long does it take 8 weeks
Yes I been claiming my UI claims for over a yr now….on top of looking for a job an putting in applications in which I still haven’t gotten hired…it’s still saying pending decision even after I’ve turned over documents to prove my identity I’ve been to the DHS office 6 different. Times to prove I’m me an show proof of my work and everything…an still nothing I’m lost on what I need to do to get help because bills are racking up more an more an I’m stuck in a Rutt I’m never gonna be able to get out of.