Possible to collect way-retroactive EDD?
June 17, 2011 11:46 AM Subscribe
Is it worthwhile to try to talk to EDD about retroactive unemployment benefits?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was laid off due to a union bump in the summer of 2009. The combination of depression, ADD, a big move, totally misguided pride about going on "welfare," and complete unfamiliarity with the EDD process made me file online for unemployment a few weeks late, and then I never received any acknowledgement whatsoever. I didn't call to follow up, and then my previous job recalled me 4 months later. So I just let it go. I think I rationalized the initial procrastination with the expectation that the bad economy would keep me unemployed for a long time, and didn't feel the urgency.
I've been laid off again, this time with nonexistent potential for recall, as the department is shutting down. I filed for unemployment again. This time I filed the moment I was eligible, and this time I received acknowledgement, the claim forms, etc. and am sending in the forms promptly.
Now I am feeling stupid about losing the equivalent of 4 months' UI benefits. Should I bother trying to check with EDD about this? I've heard lots of stories about their nightmarish bureaucracy. I am also worried that bothering them too much will just sort of red flag my claim in general.