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I filed my continued claim form for my unemployment a few days

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I filed my continued claim form for my unemployment a few days late (19 or 20 days.) I do not have a "good cause" and will probably be denied the benefits. I want to know if i am able to continue receiving benefits even if they deny these weeks? If i am able to continue do I have to go through an appeals process, re-open the claim, or will it just resume where it left off? also, is this money lost or am I able to collect it at a later date?

The money is not technically lost, however, as you mention that you did not have good reason, then you may not be able to collect during this time.

During the phone interview, the EDD will try to determine if there is a good reason for mailing the claim late. If they do not feel there is a good reason, then the benefits will either be delayed, or completely denied. Reasons such as having a computer crash (and thus being unable to provide your work-search information) have been deemed to be sufficient in some cases. However, EDD makes the final decision, so you will want to have as much proof as you can as to why you were unable to fill out the necessary information on time.

If they do not feel that you have cause, then all future claim forms will be honored, but you will be denied the backdated portion. So in response to each of your questions. 1. you will likely continue receive benefits even if they deny these weeks. 2. You will not likely have to go through the appeals process unless you want to receive payment for those weeks, 3. You will likely not have to re-open your claim, 4. It will likely resume where it left off, and 5. The money will likely be lost, unless you can prove cause, or appeal the decision with statutory language or case law.

Concerning legitimate reasons for cause, you will want to look at the California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 22 to determine all of the possible reasons you may have to establish good cause for missing the deadline. While everyone's situation is different, and I do not know the specific facts as to why you failed to file on time, I can only say that you will want to look directly at 22 CA ADC § 1326-6(c), 22 CA ADC § 1326-6(a), 22 CA ADC § 1326-6(a)5 and 22 CA ADC § 1326-6(a)7. If you can find a reason that would be deemed to be cause, then you will not only receive continued benefits, but you will also receive benefits for the backdated portion.

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