SACRAMENTO, CA - Federal unemployment extension checks for approximately 400,000 Californians will continue without any interruptions.
Congress and President Obama re-authorized the federal extension benefits program, meaning that unemployed Californians eligible for federal extension benefits can continue to claim them.
"Because this all was able to happen fairly quickly, we should be able to automatically work to reopen these claims for our customers who were collecting at the end of December, said Loree Levy with the California Employment Development Department (EDD). "Send those claim forms. They need to fill them out and send them back to us and there's really no need to contact the department. We are taking care of these things for them, restarting these federal extension payments pretty quickly, so they should be able to avoid any interruptions of these payments."
The federal legislation still requires unemployed Californians receiving benefits to document their work search efforts to EDD and to register with EDD's CalJOBS, the state's online job search website.
Capitol Television News Service (CTNS)