The time following the loss of your job can be incredibly stressful, as
bills and expenses can pile up quickly without income. To help you through
this transitional period, California does offer unemployment benefits
to eligible individuals–something most California workers already
know. What most people may not understand, however, is exactly how much
money is available through this program. While the amount is largely based
on your previous income, there is a limit to how much unemployment you
How Are Unemployment Benefits Calculated?
Unemployment benefits will generally be available for 26 weeks, although
there are occasionally extension programs available if you still cannot
find a job. To determine how much money you will receive in unemployment,
the California Employment Development Department will first look at the
“base period,” or the earliest four out of five complete calendar
quarters before you filed your claim. For example, if you file your claim
in January of 2016, the base period would be from September 2014 through
September of 2015.
Provided you have made at least $1300 in the highest-paid quarter (or $900
with some other conditions) you will qualify for unemployment benefits.
The Employment Development Department will then divide your earnings for
this quarter by 26, to determine the weekly payout you will receive. You
will only be able to receive a maximum of $450 per week.
Wronged by Your Employer? Call Our Firm Today.
Frequently, an employee whose rights were violated will feel the need to
quit. In these cases, it can be tough to prove to the Employment Development
Department that you are eligible for unemployment benefits. When this
happens, you may need an experienced San Francisco employment attorney
to get you monetary compensation for your mistreatment.
At Stewart & Musell, LLP, our attorneys have nearly three decades of
collective experience with litigation and
employment law. If you’ve been wrongfully terminated, discriminated against, or
otherwise mistreated in the workplace, we can help you pursue justice.
Call (415) 275-3051 for skilled representation.