SACRAMENTO, Calif — As California’s Employment Development Department begins the process of paying out extended weeks for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), some people are getting a confusing message about reopening their claim rather than certifying for benefits.
The bottom line is if you still had an active PUA or PEUC claim on December 26, 2020, you do not need to reopen your claim. EDD provided this guidance to Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.
“Since Congress and the President took action to reauthorize these federal benefits, the Employment Development Department (EDD) is quickly reopening PEUC and PUA claims for those that had a balance on their claim as of December 26, 2020. These individuals who are waiting for their PEUC extension of PUA weeks to be made available starting December 27, 2020, do NOT need to re-open their claims. The EDD is working diligently through these claims to automatically make those weeks available.”
EDD said it will notify people when they have weeks available to certify for ongoing benefits.
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