My no crying streak came to an end recently when I went to the Employment Development Department (EDD) to help out an unemployed friend and learn a little bit more about the process for my book.
Alex and I sat down in front of one of the public computers to get the EDD to resend a paper copy of the Continuing Claim Form. Because Alex finally received his accrued vacation as part of his severance, he clicked “Yes” to the very first question of the online Continuing Claim Form questionnaire:
“Did you receive money other than wages (vacation, pension, etc) for the two week period ending XX/XX/XX?”
Instead of getting approved to receive unemployment benefits for the past two weeks like usual, the system denied his benefits and told him to file a paper claim form instead! After verifying with the EDD in person, receiving vacation payment does not preclude one from receiving unemployment benefits if there is no set return date for employment. Alex dodged a bullet and finally did receive his unemployment benefits a few weeks later.
During this process, I noticed a roughly 35 year old woman accompanied by her 65+ year old father (see picture). I glanced over at her screen to see that she was editing her resume in order to apply for one of the many CalJOBS that were listed in the system. The father sat quietly behind her daughter, waiting patiently for her to finish.
When the daughter finally submitted her resume to the various opportunities online, her father said, “Great job daughter, I’m so proud of you.”
SADNESS AND HOPE