Unemployment Insurance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

How much payments might be made.

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.

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.

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.