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How to Report Work and Wages

If you work or earn any wages in a week for which you need to certify, you must certify online using UI OnlineSM or by mail using the paper Continued Claim Form (DE 4581). Wages are any earned money or income. When certifying for UI benefits, always remember to report your work and gross wages during the actual week when you worked and earned the wages - NOT when you receive your pay.

Reminder: The certification week(s) always starts on a Sunday and end on a Saturday. If your payroll weeks are different than the weeks that the EDD has issued, the EDD suggests you keep a record of work and the wages earned for each day in order to correctly report work and wages for the appropriate week(s).

To learn how to report work and wages using UI Online, visit the Certify for Continued Benefits with UI Online web page or view one of the helpful video tutorials below:

If certifying by mail, below are examples to help you complete question six on the paper form.

Question 6: Did you work or earn any money, WHETHER YOU WERE PAID OR NOT?

Example 1: You did not work or earn any wages during both weeks listed.

Important! Example 1 shows you how to complete the form if you did not work or earn any wages. If you worked during the week, or you received wages, you must report it to prevent committing UI fraud. All work and wages must be reported, even if you have not received payment from the employer. See example 2 on how to complete question 6 if you have work or wages to report.

SCENARIO (EXAMPLE 1)

You did not work or earn any wages during both weeks listed on the Continued Claim Form (DE 4581).

HOW TO ANSWER QUESTION 6 (EXAMPLE 1)

6. Did you work or earn any money, WHETHER YOU WERE PAID OR NOT?

- Fill in the box for NO because you did not work or earn any wages during the two weeks listed.

Image 1: You Did Not Work or Earn Any Wages (Example)

Question 6, Example 1

Example 2: You worked for one employer during both weeks listed and are continuing to work.

Always remember to report your work and gross wages (earnings before deductions) during the actual week when you worked and earned the wages—NOT when you receive your pay.

SCENARIO (EXAMPLE 2)

1st Week: You worked 5 hours on Sunday, 4 hours on Tuesday, and 3 hours on Friday in the 1st week and your hourly rate of pay is $10. The date last worked in the 1st week was Friday, 01/06/XX. The total hours worked was 12 hours with ABC Company at 1234 Example St. Anywhere, CA 99999, and you were still working the following week.

2nd Week: You worked 6 hours on Monday, 4 hours on Wednesday, and 5 hours on Saturday in the 2nd week and your hourly rate of pay is $10. The date last worked in the 2nd week was Saturday, 01/14/XX. The total hours worked was 15 hours with ABC Company at 1234 Example St. Anywhere, CA 99999, and you are still working for the employer.

HOW TO ANSWER QUESTION 6 (EXAMPLE 2)

6. Did you work or earn any money, WHETHER YOU WERE PAID OR NOT?

- Fill in the box for YES for both weeks because you worked and earned wages during the two weeks listed.

Image 2: You Worked for One Employer During Both Weeks Listed (Example)

Question 6, Example 2

Example 3: You worked for multiple employers during both weeks listed and are continuing to work.

Always remember to report your work and gross wages (earnings before deductions) during the actual week when you worked and earned the wages—NOT when you receive your pay.

SCENARIO (EXAMPLE 3)

1st Week: You worked for A Company and worked 4 hours on Sunday, 4 hours on Monday, and 4 hours on Tuesday and your hourly rate of pay is $10. You also worked for B Company and worked 4 hours on Wednesday, 4 hours on Thursday, and 4 hours on Friday in the 1st week and your hourly rate of pay is $12. The total hours worked for both A Company and B Company was 24 hours (12+12). The date last worked in the 1st week was on Friday, 01/06/XX, with B Company at 4321 Sample St. Anywhere, CA 99999. You are still working part time hours.

2nd Week: You worked for A Company and worked 5 hours on Monday, 5 hours on Wednesday, and 5 hours on Friday and your hourly rate of pay is $10. You also worked for B Company and worked 3 hours on Sunday, 3 hours on Tuesday, and 4 hours on Thursday and your hourly rate of pay is $12. The total hours worked for both A Company and B Company was 25 hours (15+10). The date last worked was Friday, 01/13/XX, with A Company at 1234 Example St. Anywhere, CA 99999. You are still working part time hours.

HOW TO ANSWER QUESTION 6 (EXAMPLE 3)

6. Did you work or earn any money, WHETHER YOU WERE PAID OR NOT?

- Fill in the box for YES for both weeks because you worked and earned wages during two weeks listed.

Image 3: You Worked for Multiple Employers During Both Weeks Listed and are Continuing to Work (Example)

Question 6, Example 3

Example 4: You received residual pay during both weeks listed.

Important! To ensure proper reporting of your residual pay or holding fees, refer to the Instructions to Claimants for Reporting Residual Payments and Holding Fees (DE 4005).

SCENARIO (EXAMPLE 4)

1st Week: You received $56 of residual pay from your talent agent on 01/03/XX. The date last worked in this week will be the date the residual payment was received, which was 01/03/XX. There were no hours worked for this residual pay. The name and address of employer that paid the residual is ABC Talent at 999 Example St. Anywhere, CA 99999. You are not working, but just received residual pay.

2nd Week: You received $72 of residual pay from your talent agent on 01/13/XX. The date last worked in this week will be the date the residual payment was received, which was 01/13/XX . There were no hours worked for this residual pay. The name and address of employer that paid the residual is ABC Talent at 999 Example St. Anywhere, CA 99999. You are not working, but just received residual pay.

HOW TO ANSWER QUESTION 6 (EXAMPLE 4)

6. Did you work or earn any money, WHETHER YOU WERE PAID OR NOT?

- Fill in the box for YES for both weeks because you earned and received residual pay during the two weeks listed.

Image 4: You Received Residual Pay (Example)

Question 6, Example 4

Example 5: You received pension pay during the 1st week listed.

Note: You may be scheduled for an eligibility interview to determine whether the pension is deductible or not deductible from your weekly UI benefits.

SCENARIO (EXAMPLE 5)

1st Week: You received a pension payment of $1500 from your retirement plan on 01/03/XX. The date last worked would be the date the pension payment was received, which was 01/03/XX. There were no hours worked for this pension pay. The name and address of employer that paid the pension is ABC Co. at 1234 Example St. Anywhere, CA 99999. This is a monthly pension payment.

2nd Week: You did not receive pension pay during the 2nd week since pension pay is only paid once a month to you. The payment was received during the first week of the Continued Claim Form (DE 4581).

HOW TO ANSWER QUESTION 6 (EXAMPLE 5)

6. Did you work or earn any money, WHETHER YOU WERE PAID OR NOT?

- Fill in the box for YES for the 1st week and NO for the 2nd week. You only received pension pay during the 1st week listed.

  1. Enter earnings before deductions
    - This must be completed.
    1st week: Enter $999.99. Gross wages (earnings before deductions) that are $999.99 or more should be entered as $999.99. Provide the exact pension payment amount under Reason No Longer Working in section 6b.
    2nd week: Leave this blank because you answered question 6 with NO for the 2nd week. You did not receive pension pay during the 2nd week.
  2. Report employment or source of earnings information
    - This must be completed. Enter the following information:
      Date Last Worked Total Hours Worked Employer Name and Mailing Address Reason No Longer Working
    1st Week 01/03/XX (leave blank) ABC Co.,1234 Example St. Anywhere, CA 99999 mthly pension pay
    2nd Week (leave blank) (leave blank) (leave blank) (leave blank)

Image 5: You Received Pension Pay (Example)

Question 6, Example 5