Won EDD appeal: CTB and Training extension

June 11, 2016 · 5 comments

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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.

  • Lori Maske

    I didnt know about the CTB benefits until after my 16th week, I really thought I could get a job but after 20 weeks I think I should do more training, does anyone know If I have a chance at appealing missing the 16 week rule?

    • cundapit26

      There isn’t anything you can do to challenge the 16th week requirement.

  • Lennie Lou

    Congrats!!! I plan to appeal soon too. I was just informed today over the phone of denied benefits after even attending my REA appointment too. Once again…CONGRATS!!!! Wish me luck!!

  • Michelle

    How did you certify when school had a scheduled break like Christmas to New Year’s? I just did my first certification with a school break & chose that option and end date but there was no option for school start date again after break.. Pay pending & a phone interview scheduled….a question regarding eligibility.

  • Tiffany B

    Hi there,
    congrats on the appeal. I have my CTB appeal tomorrow and wonder how much paperwork did they ask for? I have the school dates/times paperwork that has been officially stamped and medical paperwork (I’m going back to school for a degree. I had a car accident 2 years ago and every potential position that i am applying for wants a degree.) Should I expect the judge to want to see that? I have it gathered just in case but I’m scared. What should I expect?

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