With new legislative changes adopted in California, the Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) extension provides up to 20 weeks of additional benefits for people who used all of their unemployment benefits during a period of high unemployment. The legislative changes also allow California to maximize federal support and meet the high unemployment period requirements under federal law to add an additional seven weeks to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. That now makes the maximum benefits available on a PUA claim a total of up to 46 weeks.
The 20 weeks of FED-ED benefits can only be paid during the extended benefit period, which is based on the state’s unemployment rate, and only after people have collected all regular Unemployment Insurance benefits as well as any Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) extension benefits they were eligible for. The earliest a FED-ED claim can begin is May 10, 2020, but the first people who could be eligible collected all benefits on their PEUC claims at the end of June.
The FED-ED program will continue until California’s unemployment rate drops below a certain level. At this time, there is no end date for the extended benefit period. This page will be updated when the extended benefit period ends.
You may be eligible for FED-ED benefits if you are unemployed and you:
- Have a regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim that started on or after May 19, 2019.
- Used all benefits on your UI claim and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation extension, or your claim has expired.
- Do not qualify for a new UI claim in California or any other state.
- Meet UI eligibility requirements and are not disqualified.
- Made enough earnings in the base period of your regular UI claim.
FED-ED extensions are only available for regular UI claims. However, legislative changes allowed for an additional seven weeks of benefits to be added to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, making the new maximum for a PUA claim a total of 46 weeks.
Base Period Earnings
To be eligible for FED-ED, you must have enough earnings in the base period of your regular UI claim. Your total base period earnings must be more than either of these:
- 40 times the weekly benefit amount.
- 1.5 times the earnings in the highest quarter of the base period of your regular UI claim.
For example, you earned $11,800 in the first quarter of the base period and $2,000 each in the second, third, and fourth quarters. The total base period earnings for this claim are $17,800 and a weekly benefit amount of $450. To calculate both options:
- Weekly benefit amount: $450 x 40 = $18,000
- Highest quarter earnings: $11,800 x 1.5 = $17,700
This claim qualifies for FED-ED extension because your total base period earnings ($17,800) are more than the highest quarter earnings ($17,700).
For more information about the base period and benefit calculations for regular UI claims, refer to How Unemployment Insurance Benefits Are Computed (PDF).
How to Get FED-ED
We are identifying those who have collected all of their Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) extension benefits. If you are eligible, we will automatically file your FED-ED extension after you collect all PEUC benefits or after the PEUC extension ends, December 31, 2020, if FED-ED benefits are still available. There is no one-week unpaid waiting period for a FED-ED extension.
After we file your extension, we will mail you a Notice of Determination for Federal-State Extended Duration Benefits (FED-ED Extension) (DE 6330FED-E) within 5-7 days. This notice will include the effective date of the extension, eligibility requirements, and your potential benefit amounts. You will then need to complete the usual bi-weekly certifications to determine eligibility for ongoing payments.
If You’re Not Eligible
If we review your claim and you are not eligible for FED-ED, we will mail you a Notice of Determination for Federal-State Extended Duration Benefits (FED-ED Extension) (DE 6330FED-D) within 5-7 days. This notice will explain why you are not eligible and will include information on how to appeal if you do not agree with the determination.
But, if you are not eligible for FED-ED, we will open a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim for you or reopen your claim if you already had a PUA claim in the past. We will send you a notice of Immediate Action Required – Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Self-Certification (DE 4365PUA). You must verify that you meet PUA eligibility requirements, including that you became unemployed, partially unemployed or unable or unavailable to work due to one of the federally recognized COVID-19 reasons. If you do not complete and return the form within 10 days, your PUA benefits may be delayed or denied.
We are first implementing the up to 13-week maximum of the FED-ED extension. With state legislation now approved, we will be adding the additional seven weeks, for a total of up to 20 weeks of benefits. Payments will be the same as the weekly benefit amount from your regular UI claim. You will be paid in the same way that you were paid for your UI claim. The maximum benefit amount depends on your last regular UI claim. Your maximum benefit amount will be the lesser of either:
- 50% of the maximum benefit amount of your UI claim.
- 13 times the weekly benefit amount.
For example, you received a weekly benefit amount of $400 and a maximum benefit amount of $8,800 in your last regular UI claim and you have collected all of the maximum benefit amount. To calculate the FED-ED maximum benefit amount:
- Calculation 1: 50% of $8,800 = $4,400
- Calculation 2: 13 X $400 = $5,200
Your FED-ED maximum benefit amount will be $4,400 because Calculation 1 is the lesser of the two.
As part of the federal CARES Act, if you are paid FED-ED extension benefits for weeks between May 10 and July 25, 2020, the EDD will pay an additional $600 in federal stimulus funds on top of your current weekly benefit amount. We will automatically add the $600 to each week of benefits that you are eligible to receive. Unless the federal government extends the $600 payments, we cannot pay the extra amount for any weeks after July 25, 2020. Any unemployment benefits through July 25 will still be eligible for the extra $600, even if you are paid later.
After your extension is filed, you will need to certify for benefit payments. Certifying is answering basic questions every two weeks that tells us you’re still unemployed and eligible to continue receiving payments.
The fastest way to certify for benefits is in UI OnlineSM. You can also certify by mail. Unlike regular UI claims, you will not be able to certify for the FED-ED extension using EDD Tele-CertSM.