Unemployment Insurance

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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

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The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

The California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB) is an independent administrative court system for workers and employers seeking to challenge decisions made by the Employment Development Department (EDD). Appeals are the first opportunity for all parties to present evidence and tell their side of the story before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and have that ALJ decide the case.

The agency needs to know that you are: Able to work; Available for work; Actively searching for work; Accepting suitable work; and Reporting any income you earn.

Under California law, an employee who is discharged ("fired" or "terminated") from a job is eligible to receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits unless the former employer shows that the employee was fired for "misconduct connected with the work."

What are your rights as a worker? What Is the Underground Economy? Report a bad employer.

With a few exceptions, undocumented workers enjoy all of the legal rights and remedies provided by both Federal and California law.

How can claimants be better prepared to provide information to Department Interviewers?

What is unemployment insurance? What are the benefits?

The phone numbers listed here can be called for Unemployment Insurance (UI) services.

If an overpayment was caused by the loss of an appeal or a simple mistake on the part of the EDD or an employer, it does not necessarily create a large problem for the claimant. If, however, the overpayment was caused by untruthfulness on the part of the claimant, the claimant will be heavily penalized.

This booklet contains general information aboutyour rights, responsibilities, and benefits under the California Unemployment Insurance laws.

The basic eligibility requirements are the same for temporary workers as they are for permanent workers.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

Apply online, by phone, or get a paper application mailed.

Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking survivors are often afraid of being harmed by an abuser, perpetrator of sexual assault or stalker while at work or are harmed at work by these individuals.

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In most circumstances, employers can terminate employees “at will,” meaning at any time for any reason. And they are not even required by law to give the reason for a discharge. Read more from the links below.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

How much payments might be made.

Online, over the phone, and by mail.

Locate the office by looking at the list of offices or using the alphabetical listing of cities, locations, and communities. Staff are available in person and by telephone.

Find an America"s Job Center of California near you: your easy one-stop access to the state"s employment-related services.

A union owes a duty of fair representation to all of the workers it represents. This duty requires that the union act fairly, impartially, and without ill will or discrimination when pursuing a worker"s grievance or when negotiating a new contract with the employer.

You may have specific rights, depending on how you lost your job.

UI Online is a fast, convenient, and secure way for UI customers to reopen a current claim, certify for benefits, access claim information, and manage your claim.