California Unemployment: I filed for unemployment a while ago, and due to a variety of factors, my Continued Claim form expired before I was able to send it in. How can I get an updated one?
The background: I was laid off at the beginning of December, almost immediately after which I filed for unemployment in my home state of California, via their online filing service. I received my initial Continued Claim form which covered the weeks up to 12/21, which I needed to send in no more than two weeks after that date. While the form was coming in the mail, I set up an interview for a job between the Christmas and New Year's holidays, for which I would almost surely be hired. I essentially did
get hired at that interview, with my interviewer saying he'd get back to me the next week after consulting with his partners to make me an offer. Once they got back into the office after the holiday, everything had gone to pot for them and they lost a couple of their projects, meaning that they wouldn't be able to bring me in. While I was waiting for them to get back to me, my claim form expired.
So, I've reviewed the unemployment handbook, which doesn't say anything about my particular situation (that I can find), but says something about calling to request a new claim form if you don't receive yours in an appropriate amount of time, which I figured was the closest scenario to mine. From what I can see online at the Employment Development Department's website
, it seems that they only have the "file for a claim" form that I've already filled out, and I'd rather not do that again, just because I'm worried about inputting different information than I did originally and having conflicting things or two claims at once and them getting all huffy about it. For the last month or so, I've been calling the unemployment number 5-10 times a day, and have only even gotten into the actual phone menu tree system once, whereupon I was informed that no one was available to take my call (usually, their lines are too busy to even allow access to the phone menu).
So, how do I get to where I'm receiving Continued Claim forms again? Am I even going about this right? Do I just need to fill out the "File a Claim" form again? If nothing else, I'll probably just go down to the local unemployment branch tomorrow in person to try to sort things out.