Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
EDD will begin accepting applications for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA) program on April 28th.
The PUA will provide federally funded benefits for certain individuals out of work or partially unemployed due to COVID-19.
This includes the self-employed, employees who lack sufficient work history, independent contractors and gig workers.
Benefits will be issued within 24-48 hours – not the traditional 21 days for regular unemployment claims.