How Do You File a Claim With the Employment Development Department?


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To file a claim with the Employment Development Department, access the EDD portal and file the claim online, contact the department by phone, or complete a copy of form DE 1101I and mail it to the department. The department recommends filing claims through its online portal.

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The law requires employers to issue unemployed individuals an unemployment insurance claim booklet titled "For Your Benefit: California’s Programs for the Unemployed (DE 2320)." The booklet contains information on how to make unemployment insurance claims. Filing a claim online is the fastest method, according to the Employment Development Department. To file a claim, visit EDD.ca.gov, click on File for Unemployment, and then click on the eApply4UI link. To complete the application, provide personal details and answer the questions truthfully.

Alternatively, individuals can file claims by contacting department representatives by phone. The representatives ask questions and record the responses. Unemployed persons may also complete a paper application and mail or fax it to the department. Contact details are available on the department's website.

Once an individual files a claim, the department sends the claimant notice of a filed claim, a continued claim form and a guide to unemployment benefits. The department also sends notice of a filed claim to the employer. After that, the department decides if the claim is eligible for benefits. To make the decision, department representatives conduct phone interviews claimants and their employers.

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