So if I understand correctly you became unemployed in California and filed for UI. You received unemployment income from the EDD. Now the EDD is requesting the money back plus a 30% penalty. Correct?
Were you working in Texas at the time you claimed unemployment from CA?
OK now I understand the facts. You left CA for six weeks after employment terminated. You received 4 weeks of severance. You applied for and received two weeks of UI from the EDD.
I would agree with you that something is wrong. The EDD must have given you a reason for the return of the benefits. Did the EDD give you a reason why?
There are a plethora of reasons why they could be collecting so in order to best assist you I need to know what reason they have provided. If you can get back to me on that I should be able to better assist.
Ok I think I understand the facts a little more clearly.
I had gained full time employment, and effectively these two weeks on the back end, overlapped (filing for EDD monies and employment). - if you were employed for the two weeks which you received UI from the EDD then the EDD has a solid case. You cannot qualify for UI benefits if you are employed.
I agree that the accessibility to the claims system should be available nationwide. I don't think you are being charged with the return of the benefits because you did not timely report the claims. Based on your response above I believe the EDD is requesting the benefits back because you were employed during this time period.
Based on your facts I believe you would be entitled to 3 weeks of UI benefits. You were unemployed for a total of 4 weeks. You have a one week waiting period before claims can be made, therefore a total of 3 weeks should be allowed for benefits.
Please let me know if I am missing something. I believe the EDD is correct about the return of the benefits for the two weeks that you were in fact employed. I would also agree with the penalty. You knew that you were employed during this time period and you still accepted the funds. (Sorry to be blunt here but these are the facts)
Please let me know if I can assist further. The EDD probably has a valid claim against you. If you did not receive 3 weeks of benefits then I think that you would have a claim with the EDD.