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Unemployment Insurance: California

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Callan G. Carter, Trucker Huss


  • Unemployment Insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for new work. Unemployment Insurance is a federal-state program, based on federal law, but executed through state law. See California Unemployment Insurance.
  • Employers finance the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program with tax contributions. In California, the Employment Development Department (EDD) administers the UI program according to guidelines established by the UI Code and the California Code of Regulations, Title 22. The UI Program provides workers, who lose their jobs through no fault of their own, with weekly unemployment insurance payments. See California Unemployment Insurance; Eligibility.
  • Unemployment benefits will generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers must follow certain recordkeeping and notice requirements. See Recordkeeping; Required Notices.
  • California offers the Work Sharing Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See Work Sharing Program.