The state can extend the time for filing for "good cause." They do not advertise what that time limit might be, because they really want people to file immediately. But you can request an extension to the time to file if one of the following applies to you:
(1) Failure on the part of the employer with respect to partial unemployment benefits to comply with any of the provisions . . . for work.
(2) His or her employer warned, instructed or coerced him or her to prevent the prompt filing of such claim, or his or her registration for work.
(3) He or she reasonably relied on misleading, incomplete, or erroneous advice given to him or her by personnel of the department, or relied on the failure of the department to perform an affirmative duty to provide advice reasonably necessary for the protection of his or her rights and the understanding of his or her duties relating to the claim or registration for work. Reliance is reasonable if all of the following conditions exist:
(A) He or she acted reasonably in informing the department of pertinent facts and of the need for specific advice as to his or her rights and duties.
(B) The department’s advice was intended by the department to be the basis of his or her conduct or he or she reasonably believed the advice was so intended, or he or she reasonably relied upon the department which failed to provide advice reasonably necessary to the protection of his or her rights or the understanding of his or her duties.
(C) He or she was not aware that the department’s advice was misleading, incomplete or erroneous, or through no fault or inexcusable neglect on his or her part was not aware of the true information concerning his or her rights or duties.
(4) Failure by the department to discharge its responsibilities promptly . . .
(5) Compelling reasons, or circumstances which would prevent a reasonable person under the circumstances presented from filing the claim or registering for work. Depending on the circumstances, this can include illness or injury of the claimant or any member of the claimant’s immediate family, a job interview, working, lack of transportation or the unavailability of mail service for a claimant in a remote area, a natural catastrophe such as an earthquake or a fire or flood, . . . or compelling personal affairs or problems that could not reasonably be postponed such as an appearance in court or an administrative hearing or proceeding, substantial business matters, attending a funeral, or relocation to another residence or area.
(6) The department assigned a claim filed to the wrong program.
(7) Mistake, inadvertence, surprise or excusable neglect. However, "good cause" does not include negligence, carelessness, or procrastination, in the absence of circumstances excusing these causes for delay.