If you are currently unemployed in California, you may be entitled to unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. These can be a lifeline for those who are struggling as a result of becoming unemployed through no fault of their own.

If you have recently applied for UI benefits but were denied, it is important that you understand why your application was denied so that you can address the issue. It might be that the circumstances surrounding your unemployment mean that you are simply not eligible, but you may also have missed information in your application.

Why was my claim denied, and what can I do about it?

You may have been denied unemployment benefits because you were not earning enough in the last 12 months to be eligible. If you do not think that this is the case, you may not have disclosed your full income on the application form.

You will only be eligible for unemployment benefits if you can show that you became unemployed through no fault of your own. This means that you may be denied benefits if it is believed that you were fired because of misconduct. It is important that your previous employer is clear about the lack of fault in regard to your employment termination.

Finally, you must show that you are actively looking for and willing to accept work. You must be able to document information relating to your job application efforts.

If you are struggling to successfully gain unemployment benefits in California, it is important that you take action to claim what you are entitled to.