- Posted October 16, 2013 by
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Shutdown over: What next?
My CA Unemployment Benefit $0
On October 2nd, I filed an unemployment claim with my state's unemployment department by mail. As a government employee I didn't have the option of filing on-line. Last night, we come home and open the mail to receive a Notice Of Unemployment Insurance Award" my maximum benefit amount: $0. My total wages:also $0.
As an accountant I earn a modest living and am diligent about crossing every t and dotting every i on paperwork. I pulled up the PDF of my unemployment submission and confirmed that I didn't miss a beat. Which begs the question "What is going on here?" When I call EDD, California's unemployment department, I get the we are receiving more calls than we can handle message to call back later. They only take calls from 8a.m. till noon and I'm sure that thousands of people can't get through to them.
I have several questions: Why would my claim benefit be $0 when I worked continuously for the last 3 years? Did they put in $0 because they could confirm with my manager (who is also furloughed) that I was employed. The state has access to income records such as W-2's and 1099's. What gives?