Extended Benefit Information
Federal legislation enacted in July 2008 provided up to 13 weeks of extended benefits for workers who exhausted their regular UI benefits in California and across the country. Legislation enacted in November 2008 adds up to 7 weeks to the earlier extension, for a total of up to 20 weeks of extended benefits. The legislation states that these added benefits are only payable for weeks beginning on or after November 23, 2008. The November 2008 legislation also included a second extension of up to 13 weeks for high unemployment states, which includes California. Eligible workers will receive a total of up to 33 weeks of extended benefits. New legislation enacted on February 17, 2009, extends the last date a federal extension claim can be filed and paid.
Federal law does not allow payments to be made on a federal extended benefit claim once you are qualified to file a new regular claim in any state, regardless of the benefit amount on the new regular claim. Once you are qualified to file a new regular claim in any state, all payments on your extended benefit claim must stop. This means that, if you qualify for a new regular claim, you cannot continue to collect benefits on your federal extended benefit claim.