About one million Californians who got unemployment payments from the pandemic-related federal benefit program now have to prove they had a prior work history or possibly pay back the money.
State officials blamed nearly all of that fraud on a hastily approved expansion of unemployment benefits by Congress that let people who were self-employed get weekly checks from the government with few safeguards to stop people from getting benefits who were not eligible to receive them.
Gov. Newsom signed a raft of bills further forcing the EDD to clean up and streamline its act; a small consolation to those on the backlog of claims.
Gov. Newsom signed a law requiring the California prison system to share the names and Social Security numbers of inmates with EDD.
Though jobs in California are growing at a faster rate than the nation, the hangover from the still ongoing pandemic is still very much with us.
KTVU FOX 2's Tom Vacar reports.
After more than a year of hassling with the EDD to get his unemployment insurance, an East Bay roofer finally got his full backpay with one well-placed phone call.
William Anderson, a laid-off roofer, said the EDD has made several errors with his file that have prevented him from collecting unemployment benefits.
A California inmate and his wife, a nurse, were allegedly part of a scheme that bilked the California EDD for $2 million in fake claims.
Here are the stories of just a small sampling of Californians who are living on the streets and who say they can't get through to EDD to collect the income they say is owed to them.
Desmond Sylva received an EDD debit card for about $5,000 for 10 weeks of pay he was owed from July 2020 after he was laid off from the Tesla plant in Fremont as a production associate. He needed a lawmaker's help to get what he was owed.
Desmond Sylva, 39, was so frustrated about reaching the Employment Development Department to find out why he wasn't getting his unemployment check after being laid off as a Tesla production associate in Fremont, he hired a bot.
Desmond Sylva, 39, was so frustrated about not being able to reach the Employment Development Department to find out why he wasn't getting his unemployment check after being laid off from Tesla in Fremont, he hired a bot.
Sirmac Javius took advantage of a little-known, free governmental assistance program established during the pandemic, where California lawmakers' now have a small cadre of dedicated EDD staff to help constituents navigate the tangled bureaucracy, which has been riddled with technical difficulty and backlog of cases.
Hours after Sirmac Javius shared his painful experience of homelessness after he hasn't received an unemployment check for over a year to KTVU on Friday, someone set fire to his 2007 Chevrolet Silverado.
The man had spoken to KTVU hours earlier to discuss his troubles with the EDD.
Sirmac Jarvius was working as an apprentice barber in East Oakland before the pandemic hit. When he lost his job, he turned to the California EDD for help. Fourteen months later, he's still waiting to receive his first payment.
Cirmac Jarvius was working as an apprentice barber in East Oakland before the pandemic hit. When he lost his job, he turned to the California EDD for help. 14 months later, he's still waiting to receive his first payment. KTVU's Rob Roth reports.
California employment rates are still low despite the fact that job postings are more than 5% above pre-pandemic levels.
State senators and assembly members have already become one of the few ways that unemployed people can get through to EDD. But does the typical Californian know that they can turn to their legislator for help?