Edd details process for meeting federal requirement for pandemic unemployment assistance recipients to document work history

EDD Details Process for Meeting Federal Requirement for Pandemic
Unemployment Assistance Recipients to Document Work History
SACRAMENTO—The Employment Development Department (EDD) is reminding
those who received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) of the federal
requirement to submit documentation showing work history before the start of their
claims.
The federal Continued Assistance Act this year requires PUA claimants who received
benefits on or after December 27, 2020 to submit documentation to prove they were
(or planned to be) self-employed or employed when they applied for benefits.
Starting November 10, the Department will send notices by email, text message, and
through UI Online to those who must submit their proof of work history to comply with
federal rules. Many claimants who filed for PUA have already proven their employment
status, including those who collected PUA in 2020 and provided their 2019 wage and
income information to obtain more than the minimum weekly benefit amount.
Individual notices will provide the exact time periods that the documentation proving
work history must cover. In general, if the PUA claim began in 2020 the documents
need to be from the 2019 tax year, and if the PUA claim began in 2021 the documents
need to be from the 2020 tax year.
Proving work history can be done quickly by uploading a choice of documents through
UI Online such as a tax return, business license, business receipt or invoice, or W-2
form or paystub for those who worked for an employer:
• Documents that could be used to prove self-employment include, but are not
limited to: business licenses, tax returns, business receipts or invoices, signed
affidavits verifying self-employment, contracts or agreements, or bank statements
from a business account that show self-employment. These examples are not
comprehensive, and other records or documents may be used as proof. Providing
more than one document is permitted.
• Documents that could be used to prove plans for self-employment include,
but are not limited to: business licenses, state of federal employer identification
numbers, written business plans, or lease agreements. These examples of are not
comprehensive and other records or documents may be used as proof. Providing
more than one document is permitted.
EDD News Release No.: 21-64 – 2 – November 5, 2021
PO Box 826880 • MIC 85 • Sacramento CA • 94280-0001 • www.edd.ca.gov
• Documents that could be used to prove employment or plans for
employment include, but are not limited to: paycheck stubs, earnings and leave
statements, W-2 forms, letters offering employment, or statements or affidavits
(with the employer’s name and contact information) verifying an employment offer.
These examples of are not comprehensive and other records or documents may
be used as proof. Providing more than one document is permitted.
The notices being provided to claimants include individual deadlines for providing
documentation or obtaining an extension of time. EDD will acknowledge receipt of the
submitted information and follow-up with a communication indicating whether the
documentation was sufficient.
If the claimant does not respond to the notice that will be provided by email, text
message and through UI Online, a follow-up notice will also be mailed. Failure to
respond to the notice could render the claimant ineligible for the federal benefits
received and result in a determination, potentially requiring repayment of the benefits.
The federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program was a new benefit program
created by the federal government for the first time during the pandemic in 2020 to aid
those who were not eligible for traditional state unemployment insurance, such as
those who were self-employed or could not work because of Covid-19 or Covid-19-
related impacts. Information about PUA and its requirements, including the following
FAQs, will post on the EDD’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance webpage.

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