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Old 03-29-2020, 11:27 AM
 
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For those of you who have already applied for or been approved for Unemployment, do you have any idea how the Stimulus Package regarding UE would work? I applied last week and got my first weekly benefit on Friday. From what I understand, the Stimulus Package would give unemployed workers an additional $600 a week or 100% of their pay for 4 months (whichever is less) (unless this part hasn't passed yet). If that would also apply to us, would we get retroactive pay for the benefits that we have already received?


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You're doing better than I am. I applied two weeks ago and still haven't received anything, even though the website says I have.
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Old 03-29-2020, 01:31 PM
 
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We had to wait exactly two weeks after filing to fill out our claims form. Your state is getting things done more quickly.

All I am expecting is a $1200 check and $362 a week for IU. Anything more would be a pleasant surprise. The IU checks are about 1/2 of what I would earn during an average five day week, and about 72% of what I would earn if I worked 50 weeks a year.
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Stimulus package info
Old 03-29-2020, 03:39 PM
 
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It's a done deal. Congress has passed it and the President has signed off on it. The stimulus package includes the onetime $12OO check per adult and the $600 additional per week in UI claims payment. Here's all the info:
https://www.nytimes.com/article/coro...s-answers.html
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Old 03-29-2020, 04:21 PM
 
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This is a great package, however, I am not sure which of the following three scenarios will play out.

Will I will get my average weekly amount of about $480 for 52 weeks plus $600 for a total of $1080, or will it be my unemployment amount of $362 plus $600 for $962, or will it be only the $480 a week since my total average weekly income is under $600?

The $480 would make the most sense since I don't know why the government would actually pay us more than we earn in a week.

I will be happy with the $480 a week. I doubt I will get double my income, which makes no sense.


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Old 03-29-2020, 04:25 PM
 
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I'll be happy to get anything, personally! I guess I'll be surprised.
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Old 03-29-2020, 04:33 PM
 
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or will it be my unemployment amount of $362 plus $600
This is how I read it.
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Stimulus bill
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This bill has passed, but I' m not sure what is happening with that $600. I saw an interview this morning with Senator Lindsay Graham. He said they wanted to make it so people got their full regular paycheck amount rather than the usual unemployment calculation. However, he said that states said their systems could not calculate the difference between what would normally be paid for unemployment and each person's actual pay prior to this.
Senator Graham thought that was completely ridiculous, why can't computers calculate that. Anyhow, somewhere in that discussion was that $600. If I understand correctly, the bill that was passed does say $600 a week in addition to what people already would qualify for, but they want to amend that part.
It is pretty silly. I am in WI and haven't received any unemployment payments yet, but filed for my 2nd week out this morning. I am supposedly qualified to receive $169 a week. This sounded OK to me. We get paid $100 a day, and I probably average 3 days a week.

If I get $600 in addition, that would be $269 more than I could possibly make working 5 days a week! I would be getting paid as much as some of our full time teachers who are still working! That's pretty outrageous, and I'd like to know who is paying for that...
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Old 03-29-2020, 05:29 PM
 
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We need the $600 to pay our taxes.
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Old 03-29-2020, 06:00 PM
 
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Well if you want to object, why not object to the massive corporate bailouts that are included in the stimulus?

Corporate welfare is OK but helping average working people who've lost their jobs (and maybe their health) is not?


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Old 03-29-2020, 06:30 PM
 
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That's what I always say. Rich people get welfare, it's just in the form of tax write-offs. I wonder how much of that corporate money will actually get to the workers?
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Old 03-29-2020, 06:54 PM
 
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Honestly, after paying into the system for 47 years and never needing any help, I will take whatever help I can get right now because I have lost my job. I was subbing every day and we depend on my income to supplement my retired husband’s fixed income. Not to mention our 401(k) has taken a huge dump. I will not take anything dishonestly, however I will take that which the government is providing.
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Old 03-29-2020, 06:59 PM
 
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Graham doesn’t give a damn about you. Sorry to break this people. The Dems held up the bill to get people like us better benefits. Stop listening to this admin and the GOP and start listening to scientists, the cdc and what your governor is telling you to do. Just please stay inside.

And fb Midwest- you pay for it. I pay for it. The govt wastes money all the damn time, it’s time they looked out for us. Banks got trillion dollar loans and the airline industry got billions when they don’t need it.

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Old 03-30-2020, 05:55 AM
 
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I've been trying to call the dept. of labor for days to confirm my online claim. I haven't been able to get through after multiple attempts.

This morning I tried calling and the message simply said "We are unable to take your call."

Frustrating is putting it lightly.

I'd put my state in the title, but would prefer to remain anonymous.
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Waiting Game...
Old 03-31-2020, 07:44 AM
 
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I applied for NJ UI, got a confirmation number and a message saying I will be contacted on how to claim my benefits. But was never contacted. I tried logging in to check my claim, but due to the website being overloaded, it says no claim status can be checked, but did say that as long as a confirmation number was given, they will eventually process it. All I can do is stay patient, but not hold my breath. I think ALL of us will be eligible in some way or another, due to federal government removing the normal restrictions to receive UI benefits. However, for some of us, we may have to wait til it is time to file 2020 taxes in order to get the benefits we deserve.
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Old 03-31-2020, 09:46 AM
 
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I can't believe that unemployment benefits are taxed. Welfare money isn't.
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Old 03-31-2020, 01:32 PM
 
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The state doesn't tax your UI, but the fed gov does.

I got an online EDD notification this morning that my first UI payment has been sent to me. (I submitted my first weekly claim report online on Sunday.)
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Old 03-31-2020, 02:21 PM
 
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I received that message, also, but I still haven't seen the money.
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Old 03-31-2020, 03:09 PM
 
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Welfare money is usually such a small dollar amount. Letís not forget guys like bezos donít pay any federal income tax and he fired one of his workers for trying to organize a strike for better pay.
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Old 03-31-2020, 05:51 PM
 
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POTUS doesn't pay taxes either. Just hands out tax breaks to himself and his rich cronies. Yet our measely UI checks are taxed!

Then POTUS wants to make up for the deficit by gutting Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare, just to name a few social programs.

So what if they throw you a bone ($1200 check). How far will that carry you while you're unemployed over the next few months? In the meantime, who is benefiting most from the stimulus package? Yep...corporations getting tax payer funded bailouts.

I can't believe people still want to blame and shame poor folks and those who are involuntarily unemployed when the real pirates, corporations and the top 1 percent billionaires, are robbing us blind! Seriously?????

(Don't even get me started! )

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Old 03-31-2020, 10:41 PM
 
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I just got an e-mail to log into EDD to check my claim.

It stated that I have been sent payment for two weeks. It has not yet arrived in my mail however.

There is no extra stimulus, just the $362 a week for the first two weeks.

I suspect this is all I will actually get, unless I hear of something else later.
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600 UI comes later
Old 04-01-2020, 05:17 AM
 
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I got notification of UI payment too.

As for the payment, here's what the edd.ca.gov site says:
When your first benefit payment is available, you will receive an EDD Debit CardSM in the mail. Once you activate the card you can track, use, and transfer your benefit payments.

Payment information is updated daily and is available through your UI Online account or by calling the UI Self-Service Phone Line at 1-866-333-4606.

Of course, if you asked to receive a check by mail, that's what you'll get.

The $600 additional is part of the Fed's stimulus and will come in a few weeks.

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Old 04-01-2020, 09:15 AM
 
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I applied two weeks ago and then I got one of the forms that you fill out based on the last two weeks and then I got the form that says fill out a resume and apply at Cal jobs, but I have not received anything regarding do I want a check or a debit card. Can anyone give me any insight on when I might receive that in terms of the flow of paperwork from EDD. Thank you!
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I got all the paperwork in two days. If you don't say you want a check, they will automatically send you a debit card. They recommend that you get it as a debit card because they say it is safer (and I think they said it would be faster). Of course, I haven't actually received mine, but that is what they say. It appears that they can add additional money into it, so that is cool. It is put out by Bank of America. Hopefully it isn't a pain in the butt to get the money without fees. I live nowhere near a Bank of America.

I tried to put my resume on Caljobs, and wasn't able to do it. After getting frustrated, I just quit and will try again, tomorrow.
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defaults to debit card (California)
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I have not received anything regarding do I want a check or a debit card. Can anyone give me any insight on when I might receive that in terms of the flow of paperwork from EDD.
If you didn't send anything in specifying you want to be paid by check, then the default is debit card. It will initially be sent in the mail and then your future payments will be put on the card. (see my above post.)

In the past, they used auto deposit, but for some reason they are now opting for the debit card instead (just means you have to make a trip to the ATM each time).

From what I read, there are bank fees if you lose the card, are living out of the country, or use an ATM other than Bank of America's. They sent this debit card disclosure info with the "alternate payment option" info. You can go to the EDD website and get the info as well.

Looks like they make the information available for claimants, but it takes a bit of searching around and reading to find it.
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Old 04-01-2020, 01:50 PM
 
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I chose the old fashion check.

I sent in the form on March 29 stating I prefer the check, so there might be a delay because of this.

I am not a big fan of B of A based on prior dealings with them. I think the check is a safer option.

I got the page offering a choice of payment the same day I got the notification to register with CALJOBS, which was about three days after I filed a claim.
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I got the info to register for Cal jobs a couple of days ago, but Iíve yet to hear anything about debit cards or check choices. So weíll see what comes in the mail in the next few days.
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