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California EDD is requiring the unemployed to look for work. Here’s what that means

California EDD is requiring the unemployed to look for work. Here’s what that means

California’s Employment Development Department says that starting July 11, 2021 anyone receiving unemployment benefits must start looking for work – a return to the rules that applied before March 2020 when the federal government let states suspend the requirement. Here’s what looking for work means in California. Note that it differs a bit depending on…

California’s Employment Development Department says that starting July 11, 2021 anyone receiving unemployment benefits must start looking for work – a return to the rules that applied before March 2020 when the federal government let states suspend the requirement.

Here’s what looking for work means in California. Note that it differs a bit depending on whether a worker is receiving regular unemployment benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

For those collecting regular unemployment benefits, the agency offers this guidance:

Examples of reasonable efforts to search for suitable work each week include activities such as:• Prepare for Job Searches – Set up an account on CalJOBS, participate in reemployment services, post a profile on various job search or networking sites.• Expand Networks – Let friends, prior employers, or community members know you are looking for work. Participate in networking, job fair events or clubs.• Apply for Suitable Work – Apply for positions with employers reasonably expected to have suitable openings matching skills and experience, including government jobs and exams.• Participate in Training – Engage in permissible education and training opportunities that assist in obtaining employment and do not interfere with an ability to accept suitable full-time work.

For those collecting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the agency offers this guidance:

A variety of activities can meet the PUA work search requirement each week, including:• Rebuild Businesses – Pursue new or additional clients, market the business, or research, prepare or submit a bid on a new contract.• Expand Networks – Attend networking events, participate in relevant workshops, or expand business.• Establish Accounts – For independent contractors who participated in an online platform, establish an account on another platform that matches the individual’squalifications.• Participate in Training – Enroll in training or education courses that will help the business and does not interfere with an ability to return to full-time self-employment.

A person on a PUA claim who no longer wants to continue self-employment (or was previously employed but not eligible for regular UI benefits) can look for work just like a regular UI recipient. In addition, there may be pandemic-related exemptions to the work search requirement for PUA recipients such as providing primary care to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or a child who cannot attend school because of a COVID-19 health emergency.

Source: California Employment Development Department. For more information check the EDD Return to Work webpage.

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