Good afternoon and thank you for entrusting me to answer your question. I am very sorry that you expect to be laid off.
In general, an individual in the state of California will be eligible to receive unemployment benefits provided that they have received enough wages during the base period to establish a claim (this is typically not a problem if you have been employed for longer than a few weeks), they are physically able and available to immediately accept work, actively seeking work, and unemployed through no fault of their own.
Being laid off because your company lost the contract under which you were working is practically the definition of becoming unemployed "through no fault of your own."
The only conceivable basis for denial of unemployment benefits would be if the company who is assuming the contract offers you a substantially equivalent position and you refuse it.
UI claimants always have an obligation to accept suitable work (otherwise, they are now unemployed "through fault of their own"), and so this could conceivably result in the denial of benefits.
However, as I understand your question, you are not worried about being offered a job by the new company and the consequences of turning it down, but the implications of NOT being offered a job at all. If you are simply not offered a job under the new contract by the new company, that would do nothing to jeapardize your unemployment benefits. You are still unemployed through no fault of your own, and so assuming you maintain your efforts to search for a new job and can assert that you are able to accept employment (i.e., you aren't going back to school full time and you haven't recently become disabled), you should have absolutely no trouble qualifying.
For information on how to file a claim for unemployment benefits with the EDD, visit this link: http://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/filing_a_claim.htm
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