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Hi, I was collecting Edd for 5 months. Got a new job with an employer under the impression that I was currently working. I forfeited one week worth of benefits because I read stories that edd will contact and file a claim against my new employer, which would be embarrassing.

It’s only June but I want to be prepared for 2017 tax season. I’m very willing to pay all due taxes. But will they try to contact my new employer for any reason? Like they would’ve had I claimed my last week benefits. Has this happened to anyone? Tips are much appreciated.

Email EDD – Don’t call

June 23, 2016

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You will get responses WAAAAAAY faster with email. Its also a lot simpler and a lot less annoying.

Emails may not answer all your questions specifically, as many responses are from templates, but I have never been able to reach a real person on the phone.

Can’t get a hold of a real human representative on the phone by calling 1800-300-5616?
I have a cool secret shortcut for you!

(note – I got this to kinda work once, and once put on hold it kicked me off – so I retried and couldn’t get it to work) plz try and send feedback. together we can do this!

Call 1-866-333-4606 instead
after the english prompt, press 1
then wait 1-2 seconds while the male voice starts
then quickly press the secret code “1671” (called 1800-300-5616 to figure this out – thank goodness – it might be an extension?)
if you get “invalid entry” retry 2-3 times… the code will eventually work (fuck the automated guy)
press 1 to enter pin (Don’t have a pin? Press 2 to set it up)
Enter your social
wait while they process your request
Listen to the guy ramble for a second or two.
then press 0 to talk to a person.
(you be put on hold for x minutes.
Talk to a person!

Spouse took a job upstate temporarily. It was for a project that didn’t have an end date. I was given ultimatum stay home and work and risk separation it accompany him and find job in new location. How could I Word it to unemployment? Oh yeah, ,I was employed for six months

I thought I should share my experience. I filed for unemployment last Nov online. I answered yes when asked if I was attending school. I entered that the class was online & included the name of the college. I started another online class in Jan & selected yes to starting school/training when certifying. I did this again in Feb. I realized I needed to complete a training program in order to get a job. I started looking into CTB. I found a school & program that met the requirement. Since I notified them of my prior school attendance I figured this counted towards the requirement to inquire prior to the 16th week. I also thought my current job experience & title was not in demand since I could not find a job & the demand percentage was low. I started the training program in March & notified the EDD on my certification & through UI online. I had a phone interview & a week later I found out I was DENIED for CTB and TE because I did “not apply for CTB prior to the 16th week of benefits” & “I was not out of work due to lack of demand for my current occupation.” I was also denied benefits for my current claim because I was “not available for work due to my school schedule.” At this time I called the EDD & had another phone interview regarding my availability for work. I provide proof that I switched to the night class so the representative lifted the disqualification. But I still had to appeal the other disqualifications. I met with the judge & explained that I notified the EDD 4 times that I was going to school, that I did not have a certificate/degree for my previous job & I was trained on the job. I have 5 years experience, but I could not find a similar job nor was I qualified for jobs with the same job title. I also explained I was looking/available for work even though I was attending school. A week later I found out that the judge reversed the decision. I am now on the 6 month training extension. Let me know if you have any questions.

REA Meeting 2016

May 19, 2016 · 1 comment

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Ok so I just had my meeting yesterday, and for those who are searching what the REA meeting in CA in 2016 is like, look no further.

First off, rest assured it’s really easy.

Second off, just show up. That’s it really. All they want to know is whether or not you are looking for work and are a living human being.

The group meeting is about an hour long and this is when they hand out some flyers and discuss opportunities and websites you can visit to help you get a new job. I actually learned a few things.

Then you fill out some easy paperwork and decide which mandatory workshop you go to the following week. I had two to choose from. One was an hour and a half and the other 2 hours. They give two days to choose from and the time at which it is. You have to go to this workshop or else your benefits will stop.

It’s probably gonna be more slides with information about how to get work. Haven’t had mine yet.

No need to get there early as we all just filed in the room at the same time. Finally after the slides, they call you up and ask for your questionnaire that needs to have a minimum of 6 (3 per week)potential job searches.

That’s it. No video to watch, no certification, they didn’t even check my ID. After the slides, they call everyone up one by one and you give them the paperwork, and sign out. It all took about an hour. Rest easy! Just show up with your questionnaire filled out, listen to the presentation and you’re done. Hope this helps.