EDD to Pay Some Pending Claims
Beginning July 23, EDD began a new policy to pay some pending claims on a conditional basis. To qualify, claimants must have received at least one payment on their claim and have at least two weeks pending. The EDD has been paying these pending claims in phases, with the first phase beginning July 23rd. Terms of the settlement agreement call for EDD to have all these pending claims paid by September 30, 2021. If you qualify for this program and have not been paid by September 30th, you will need to call into EDD customer service and have them manually push your pending to paid while on the phone.
The pending claims are still subject to EDD eligibility verification, but the verification will happen AFTER the claim has been paid. If claimants are found to be ineligible, the payments would be considered over-payment and claimants would be responsible for repaying the money unless they can demonstrate financial hardship. New policy announced in EDD press release of 7/22/21. https://www.edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/pdf/news-21-44.pdf
EDD Gets Sued
This sudden change in EDD policy came about as a result of a lawsuit filed by the Center for Workers Rights alleging EDD was in violation of workers rights in their continued claim status. https://twitter.com/Center4Workers
Center for Workers Rights and EDD reached a settlement agreement which calls for EDD to release payments on pending claims for claimants that have received at least one payment on their claim and have been pending for at least two weeks. EDD will begin paying these pending claims beginning July 23 and roll this program out in batches. Terms of the settlement agreement call for EDD to have these pending claims paid by September 30th.
What Should I Do?
If you have received at least one payment on your claim and have been pending two weeks or more you are in this conditional payment program. The deadline for EDD to have these claims paid out was September 30th. If you haven’t received yours by now, you will need to call into EDD customer service and have them manually push your pending status to paid while on the phone. If you want to get through to EDD immediately use Claimyr. To save $5 use this link Get-Claimyr
What if I Don't Meet the Criteria?
If you are not covered by this new policy, then it’s EDD business as usual. The good news here is this new policy is expected to impact about 100,000 claimants which means less strain on the EDD systems.