California To “Pause” Unemployment Claims For 2 Weeks
The Employment Development Department (EDD) Strike Team established by
Governor Gavin Newsom released their Strike Team Report and detailed findings report today. In response, EDD Director Sharon Hilliard sent a letter to the Governor detailing the immediate actions EDD will implement, including a two week pause period that will “help expedite new claimant payments, reduce fraud and tackle backlog issues moving forward.”
Currently, the EDD has a backlog of nearly 600,000 Californians who have applied for UI more than 21 days ago and yet their claims have not been processed, and an estimated 1 million cases where individuals received payments but subsequently modified their claim and thus are awaiting resolution.