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.