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  • Modee
    As far as ID.ME verification, which is being done to some applicants, once you complete the process either with static images or via a video conference call, you must go back to the original message sent within your EDD account, click on the link there, log back into your ID.ME account via the EDD portal and click to ALLOW access to the EDD for your ID.ME verified data. Until you do this, your ID.ME verification will remain pending at the EDD side.

    Thereafter, once you login to your ID.ME you should see the access under My Activity
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  • Modee
    PUA and PEUC claims have been extended through April 2021. If you have a PUA or PEUC claim that expired end of 2020, do not reopen the claim. Just wait for this glitch to clear, or try to get EDD customer service to clear it.
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  • Modee
    When stuck in "pending certification" phoning the EDD is usually a waste of time. During this coronavirus pandemic there is no one there to answer your questions, assuming you are even able to get through.

    Here is someone who was stuck in pending certification for 8 weeks until hired me to deal with it.

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    One solution is to file an Appeal Form DE1000M
    - use it to appeal the fact that your claim has been approved but you have not yet been paid. This WILL get you a phone call from the EDD, within a week or so. Be sure to answer the call!

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  • EDD PUA Employment Development Department Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

    I have also been helping clients with EDD PUA claims - these are for the self employed (not W-2 paid) workers and independent contractors whose income has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Payments for this unemployment assistance stem from the CARES Act.
    Text - H.R.748 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): CARES Act | | Library of Congress

    Essentially, you attest that your self employment has been affected by the pandemic, and you will then receive automatically at least $167. per week (up to a maximum of $450. per week in California - if your income in 2019 was over $46,696.), PLUS, for the periods from April 4 to July 25, 2020 (this may be extended to the end of the year based on pending bills in Congress), an extra $600. per week from the federal government.

    (Note: if you receive any kind of public assistance, whether this extra $600. per week will count for purposes of program eligibility depends on the program: yes, for SNAP, no for Medi-Cal.)

    If your self-certified income for the prior year (2019) is $17,368. or less, you will not be asked to verify anything - if above, you will eventually be asked for verification such as 1099s or tax returns to substantiate your income in order to receive the greater than $167. per week PUA.

    In California, the time from application to approval of your claim varies from two days to three weeks.

    Once your claim is approved, usually for the statutory maximum of $6513 (39 weeks X $167. per week - this $6513. does not include the extra $600. per week from the federal government), you must certify at least that you looked for work each week, unless you were too sick.

    From certification to approval takes anywhere from a day:

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    to weeks without action:

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    with corresponding slow payment (this client has been waiting weeks both for certification and payment although her claim has been approved):

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    but eventually you will be paid:

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    Be aware that any side work or payments, even as little as a couple hundred dollars a week may disqualify you for benefits - and these benefits are substantial, when you factor in the extra $600. per week:

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    I am an expert in getting government aid - loans, grants, contracts, all that. Hire me for tech support if you need help.