A Guide to Backdating your UI Claim with the California EDD

What is Backdating, and how can I backdate my claim?


What is backdating

When you apply for Unemployment Insurance, you provide the date of your last day of work. When your claim is approved and you receive the award letter, it will include info such as how much you are eligible for, your weekly benefits, and the effective date of your claim. The effective date is very important: it refers to the date when your benefits start.

Due to an overload in the system at the begining of the Pandemic, the EDD initially automatically backdated the claims. However, our hotline have received multiple reports of people not having their claims backdated automatically.

For example, if your last day of work was March 27th, and for whatever reasons you applied only in June, you still would like the effective date to be the date of your last day of work, and NOT the date you have applied for. With the added $600 FPUC, missing out on a few weeks of unemployment benefits can mean losing out on thousands of dollars!

Backdate Claim

So if you do receive a claim that is incorrect, you need to start a process to backdate it. "Backdating" means moving the date of the claim back to the day you first were laid off or otherwise became unemployed. As such, we have posted a video showing you how to backdate your claim. This information applies specifically to California (EDD).

After you follow the instructions in the video, the EDD will process your request to backdate the effective date of your new claim and you will receive a Notice of Amended Unemployment Insurance Award, DE 429 by mail once processed. You should continue to certify for weekly benefits if you are still unemployed or working part-time.

Below is the video with the instructions on how to backdate your claim:

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