California to provide assistance to federal workers impacted by government shutdown

California to provide assistance to federal workers impacted by government shutdown

January 13, 2019


SACRAMENTO – The California Employment Development Department (EDD)
today announced that it will provide Unemployment Insurance benefits to federal
workers in the state who have been furloughed or are required to work without pay
because of the ongoing federal government shutdown. To access these funds,
these workers can call EDD’s dedicated toll-free number – (855) 327-7056 – to file
an unemployment insurance benefit claim.

“As the government shutdown enters its third week with no prospect of resolution
or payment of salaries to affected federal employees, many workers find
themselves in acute financial distress,” said Labor and Workforce Development
Agency Secretary Julie A. Su. “Timely access to unemployment benefits may be of
enormous help to furloughed federal workers and those who are working without


“We encourage all federal employees in California to call us at the number
established specifically for them to apply for unemployment benefits that can
provide financial relief during the shutdown,” said EDD Director Patrick Henning.
Federal employees who do not have an existing unemployment benefit claim may
apply using the Unemployment Insurance Application (Federal Employee) or by
calling (855) 327-7056 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. In
addition, employees who have an existing unemployment insurance claim can
reopen that claim online using UI Online.


Federal workers in California who, through no fault of their own, are out of work or
who are required to work without any legal assurance of payment for their services
absent enactment of federal legislation, can apply for benefits immediately and
EDD will assess their individual eligibility for benefits.



Unemployment benefits amounts range from $40 to $450 per week depending on
earnings and are available for up to 26 weeks. Employees who receive
unemployment benefits and later receive a retroactive payment from their
employer for the same time period will be required to repay the benefits received

EDD’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage on the federal government shutdown
provides information about benefits and services available to federal workers,
unemployment insurance benefits eligibility, applications and processing, and
provides links to additional resources for more information about the
unemployment insurance program.


EDD’s jobs estimates for November 2018, indicate that there are approximately
245,000 federal workers in California, including full-time, part-time and seasonal


According to the most recent official data, a total of 779 federal workers in the state
filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending December 29, the first week of
the shutdown.


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