Sacramento - New legislation by Assemblymember Tom Daly (D – Anaheim) will increase unemployment payments for Californians seeking assistance through the state Employment Development Department (EDD).
This proposal includes two distinct improvements. First, this measure will add $100 per week on top of regular unemployment payments. Regular unemployment payments range from $40 to $450 per week based a worker’s previous earnings. The average weekly payment is approximately $340 per week. This extra $100 per week would begin after the federal unemployment supplement ($600 per week) expires on July 31, 2020. This supplement will help cushion the income loss when the extra federal money runs out.
The recent federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act boosts payments for all unemployment recipients by $600 a week. EDD began distributing this supplement on April 12, 2020, although claims submitted on or after March 29, 2020 will be paid the supplement retroactively.
The second change will increase the minimum weekly payment for the state’s lowest-paid workers from $40 to $167. Increasing the payment will give workers more money upfront, instead of having smaller amounts spread out over a longer period. Workers who exhaust the states weekly payments can receive an extra 13 weeks of federal payments and those who exhaust this extension are eligible for comparable payments through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.
Daly, who is chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee, noted that the coronavirus outbreak “has quickly pushed unemployment to record levels. And with so many people out of work, it’s important for us to use all of the tools at our disposal without further burdening general fund monies to offset the financial hardships that Californians are facing.”
This measure will be heard by the Assembly Insurance Committee on May 7.
Assemblymember Tom Daly represents California’s 69th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange and Santa Ana.