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How to File for Unemployment in Los Angeles

A Step-by-Step Guide to Filing for Unemployment Benefits in LA


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Have you found yourself recently unemployed? Fear not. You may be eligible for unemployment benefits from the state of California based on wages earned in the base period from employers who paid California unemployment insurance taxes on your wages. Here is a quick and easy-to-read guide to filing for unemployment in Los Angeles.

Three Ways to File a Claim for Unemployment Benefits:

  1. Access the eApply4UI application on the Employment Development Department (EDD) website and fill out the questions online.

  2. By phone. A representative from the EDD will conduct and record a Q&A with you.

  3. Fax or mail a completed UI Application, DE 1101 (available on the EDD website) to the department.

What is the fastest way to file a claim for unemployment benefits?

Accessing the eApply4UI application on the EDD website and filling it out online.

Step-by Step Unemployment Benefits Filing Process

  1. Obtain a copy of the ‘For Your Benefit - California’s Programs for the Unemployed, DE 2320’ booklet from your employer.

  2. Fill out and submit an application by phone, fax, mail or online.

  3. Your department representative will then file the claim and mail you:

    a/ 'A Guide to Benefits and Employment Services, DE 1275A'
    b/ Notice of Unemployment Insurance Award, DE 429Z
    c/ Notice of Unemployment Insurance Claim Filed, DE 1101 CLMT
    d/ CalJobs brochure, DE 2456

  4. Your department representative will mail your employer a Notice of Unemployment Insurance Claim Filed, DE 1101CZ.

  5. The EDD conducts phone interviews with you and your employers or representatives and reviews written statements in order to decide if you are eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

  6. If you do not qualify, you will receive a Notice of Determination or Notice of Determination/Ruling, DE 1080CT in the mail. Your employer will receive a DE 1080CT regarding a quitting, discharge, etc. if they responded in writing within the appropriate time frame.

  7. You submit a form for each week you plan to claim benefits for (usually covering two-week periods). Make sure to check that you have met the eligibility requirement for each week for which you are claiming benefits.

  8. The EDD pays you your first week of benefits.

  9. The EDD mails your employer a Notice of Wages Used for Unemployment Insurance Claim, DE 1545, which outlines your identity, wages and employment information.

  10. Your base period employer uses the DE 1545 to notify the EDD--within 15 days of receipt of the form--about separation information and to correct any wage errors.

  11. Any wage corrections are reported within 20 days from the date when the DE 1545 was mailed.

  12. The employer’s response is reviewed by the EDD representative who decides whether the employer’s account will be charged for your benefits.

  13. The EDD mails a Notice of Ruling, DE 1080 CT to the employer (who submitted the separation information).

  14. If the employer disagrees with the EDD’s decision he/she may then file an appeal.

What if I received a written decision from the EDD that says I did not qualify for benefits?

You have the right to disagree and/or appeal the decision.

Contacting an EDD Representative by Phone:

For English Speakers: 1-800-300-5616

For Spanish Speakers: 1-800-326-8937

For the Hearing Impaired: by teletypewriter (TTY) at 1-800-815-9387

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