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.

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

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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.

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

What is unemployment insurance? What are the benefits?

How much payments might be made.

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.

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.

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.

In certain cases, survivors may quit their jobs to protect themselves or their families from the abuse and still be entitled to the receipt of unemployment insurance benefits.

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."