resources

I’d highly recommend, if you haven’t already done so, reading as much as you can and watching relevant YouTube videos in preparation for your EDD appeal in court with the ALJ (Administrative Law Judge).

Frankly, I didn’t know that “outside” resources existed. I was only looking at all the info provided on the EDD website, but if you Google articles and videos, you’re in for a treat.

For example, there are many attorneys who provide articles either on their websites or in legal discussion forums and they offer their 2 cents on what they’ve seen and experienced in their cases.

Also, the YouTube videos show clips of “what to expect during a hearing.” There are also testimonials that people have taped. Most of these I found useless because they go into complaining rather than focusing on actual observations and tips they noticed in their hearings.

Either way, the best thing you can do for yourself is to be completely honest (but objective) and prepare yourself with online resources.

At the very minimum, please keep in mind the very basics prior to the hearing, like:

– Arrive to your hearing 15-30 min early.
– Address the ALJ as “Your Honor”, “Judge”, or “Ms./Mr. _____”
– Bring your facts to the table. This is not the time to whine and moan like a victim, even if you were absolutely abused and mistreated in your previous job.
– Don’t freak yourself out. Easier said than done, but really. If you know you are in the right and you have the evidence and facts to back it up, you will make it.

Good luck.

They keep updating on talks regarding extensions. My benefits ended late January, my last claim form advise to reapply…so I did. I got a letter in the mail that said to call back in July 2015 to see if I qualify. I’m guessing not!
Does anyone know of any updates on extensions?

I suggest going outside of the insurance and looking in your community or other programs that are based on need/income versus just this since the laws are strict. Even if you are eligible to receive the benefits of unemployment insurance, still look at other programs/resources to help in addition to the insurance. I used to work at a non-profit counseling agency and we always gave out several resources so you dont rely on just one. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. There are all types of programs out there that you could be qualified to receive and there are still good agencies in your community trying to help. The EDD website actually has a whole list of Additional Resources. Just look for it through the search box. There is stuff from general to medical to food and even low car insurance or utility help. 211.org can also provide you with community resources. if you have a landline just dial 211. if you have a cell, check the site for an alternate number. I wish everyone the best in the future and through these tough times!

Bills are due again and after draining my savings and borrowing from friends and family I have run out of resources to pay my rent. Car is gone. Living on spaghetti for last 2 months. Had an interview on monday but the bus was running late and the boss told me he never hires anyone that is late to an interview. At least my mom will be happy that she gets to see me more often. Even if this extension bill passes, I wont see a dime of it because its all going to pay back people that helped me and past due bills. I will still be thankful for it though. When I do land a job, at least I wont have to give my first 7 paychecks to lenders and bill collectors.

I can’t help you find a job, but I can tell you who to call to get unemployment benefits extended.

Today a group of Republican Senators introduced their version of an unemployment benefit extension in the Senate. Here is a link to read more (I love how they only quote Republicans): http://www.limaohio.com/news/news/3845239/GOP-Senators-Announce-Fully-Paid-for-Five-Month-Unemployment-Insurance-Proposal

In case you get bored reading the same talking points over and over again, here are the details from the very bottom of the article. It will only be for five months and reforms the current program in the following ways:

Requires that Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) applicants be assessed by the appropriate state or federal agency to determine why he/she remains unemployed and to identify steps the individual should take to improve employment prospects, such as enrollment in a job training program.
Reforms the EUC program to strengthen requirements to ensure benefits go to those actively looking for work and those who truly want to return to the workforce. Prohibits individuals from receiving EUC if they fail to accept offers of suitable work or if they refuse to apply for suitable work referred to them by state employment agency.
Ensures that limited federal unemployment resources are not being used to provide benefits to millionaires and billionaires.
Eliminates overlapping UI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments, with exceptions for disabled individuals engaged in Ticket-to-Work programs.

I truly believe that it was our activism (over 1000 calls from over 300 people in the last week) that moved these Republican Senators to finally act. We will see next week what, if anything, we need to do to get this passed.

So let’s go ahead and get a jump start on the House, starting with this guy: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2014/03/07/Boehner-Rejects-Senate-Republicans-Unemployment-Insurance-Fix

Here are the p

In case you want to know details of the GOP proposal….who is collecting UI and SSDI (social security disability insurance) payments ? … solving a problem that does not exist…

Details of the fully paid for, five-month unemployment compensation extension:

Extends federal unemployment insurance benefits for five months, allowing for retroactive benefits.
Includes the following offsets:
Extending pension smoothing provisions from the 2012 highway bill (MAP-21);
Extending Customs User Fees through 2024;
Eliminating overlapping UI/SSDI payments.
Reforms the current program:
Requires that Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) applicants be assessed by the appropriate state or federal agency to determine why he/she remains unemployed and to identify steps the individual should take to improve employment prospects, such as enrollment in a job training program.
Reforms the EUC program to strengthen requirements to ensure benefits go to those actively looking for work and those who truly want to return to the workforce. Prohibits individuals from receiving EUC if they fail to accept offers of suitable work or if they refuse to apply for suitable work referred to them by state employment agency.
Ensures that limited federal unemployment resources are not being used to provide benefits to millionaires and billionaires.
Eliminates overlapping UI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments, with exceptions for disabled individuals engaged in Ticket-to-Work programs.
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Permalink: http://www.heller.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2014/3/gop-senators-announce-fully-paid-for-five-month-unemployment-insurance-proposal

Go to link. At at bottom of page is pdf with actual bill.

http://www.heller.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=b950970d-39bd-4070-a551-80d243fd07ad

It has a lot of stuff about Social Security? It looks like possible reductions in Social Security Benefits
That will not fly.

It is 26 pages long see what you think.
The stuff on the front page looks good
I pasted it below but Read it yourself.

Details of the fully paid for, five-month unemployment compensation extension:
Extends federal unemployment insurance benefits for five months, allowing for retroactive benefits.
Includes the following offsets: Extending pension smoothing provisions from the 2012 highway bill (MAP-21);
Extending Customs User Fees through 2024;
Eliminating overlapping UI/SSDI payments.

Reforms the current program:
Requires that Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) applicants be assessed by the appropriate state or federal agency to determine why he/she remains unemployed and to identify steps the individual should take to improve employment prospects, such as enrollment in a job training program.
Reforms the EUC program to strengthen requirements to ensure benefits go to those actively looking for work and those who truly want to return to the workforce. Prohibits individuals from receiving EUC if they fail to accept offers of suitable work or if they refuse to apply for suitable work referred to them by state employment agency.
Ensures that limited federal unemployment resources are not being used to provide benefits to millionaires and billionaires.
Eliminates overlapping UI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments, with exceptions for disabled individuals engaged in Ticket-to-Work programs.

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Permalink: http://www.heller.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2014/3/gop-senators-announce-fully-paid-for-five-month-unemployment-insurance-proposal