San Francisco, CA asked in Employment Law for California

Q: Question Regarding Lost Wage Assistance Program Eligibility

I was Terminated from my job doing administrative work by my last employer in late 2019 due to Work performance unrelated to COVID-19.

I filed regular unemployment back in 2019 Before the COVID 19 pandemic shutdown w/ California EDD.

I am still unemployed because some business offices have Close/Open Remotely or Not Hiring Due to the Economic Downturn & COVID-19 shutdown.

EDD requires claimant to submit 1 time certification that they are Unemployed Due to Disruptions Caused by COVID-19.

Do I Fit under the Criteria of "Due to Disruptions caused by COVID-19" & “Unemployed?”

Am I be eligible for the Lost Wage Assistance Program?

Should I Certify for benefits even some but not all employers in my profession allow work to be done remotely?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The EDD states on its web page (that you cited above, thank you) "To be eligible for LWA payments, you must: 1. Provide, or have provided, a one-time certification indicating that you are unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19. and 2. Have a weekly benefit award of $100 or more. I think the key words here are "PARTIALLY UNEMPLOYED." Under your facts, you could claim to be partially unemployed. I would apply and see what happens, just be sure to tell the truth.

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