On August 28, 2020, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) announced Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is now available in the following counties: Lake, Monterey, Napa, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo. Additional counties may be added at a later date. Due to the widespread wildfires and the vast impact across various counties, a presidential declaration of disaster was issued, making the DUA funding available. DUA claims for the listed counties must be filed by September 28, 2020. Claims filed after September 28 will not be considered or honored. To submit a claim, visit the EDD website or call 800.300.5616 (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday). Contact phone numbers for other languages can be found within the EDD press release.
DUA provides disaster unemployment assistance to individuals who have lost employment as the result of a major disaster and are not otherwise eligible for regular UI benefits. Eligible individuals include those who lived, worked, or were scheduled to work in the affected areas and/or the following:
- No longer have a job or place to work
- Cannot reach his or her place of work
- Cannot work as the result of damage to place of work
- Cannot work due to injury sustained in the disaster
- Became the head of household due to the death of head of household resulting from the disaster
DUA benefits are only payable during the Disaster Assistance Period and not to exceed 26 weeks. The weekly benefit amount is determined by the governing state laws in which the claim was filed. Any benefits claimed under DUA are 100% federally funded, which means employers’ unemployment insurance accounts will not be charged. While the typical chargeability of disaster-related unemployment insurance varies from state to state, the California statute does not provide relief of charges to affected employers.
Click here to access additional information on the DUA program.
REMINDER: The deadline for filing DUA claims related to wildfires in the above listed counties is September 28, 2020. If your company has multiple employees affected, our Unemployment Claims team can assist you with a mass response filing. Please reach out to UC@Vensure.com for immediate assistance.