Q.What are the eligibility requirements for Unemployment Insurance?
A.California law provides that an individual employee who is discharged or terminated may be eligible for UI benefits so long as the applicant:
- earned a minimum of $1,300 in a single quarter in the Base Period (first four of the last five quarters from the time you file a new claim) or earned at least $900 in the highest quarter of the base period and a total base period earnings of 1.25 times the highest quarter earnings;
- is either totally or partially unemployed through no fault of his or her own (terminated, laid off, etc..);
- is physically able, immediately available, and actively looking for work; and
- registered for work with the state unemployment office.