The Center for Workers’ Rights Conducts its First Unemployment Insurance Clinic

Due to the massive influx of uninsurance claims being filed by workers due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Center for Workers’ Rights held its first Clinic exclusively for workers needing individualized advice on their claim for unemployment insurance benefits. . 

Relying on law student volunteers from UC Davis School of law, we interview workers who are facing obstacles applying for, or being rejected for unemployment insurance benefits. We offer language services to accommodate our diverse community’s needs. 

These clinics build on the success we have had in our Workers’ Rights Clinics, which we have been conducting since opening in 2014 and dealt with issues including unemployment insurance. This specialized clinic not only expands our clinic capacity at a time when tens of thousands of workers are experiencing job loss, employment insecurity, and reduction of income, but allows subject matter experts to look more deeply into the cause of benefits issues. Workers have been without support on their unemployment insurance benefits throughout the pandemic, since EDD has been unable to effectively keep up with the volume of calls for assistance it receives. . 

During the intake process, workers will discuss their claim with an intake specialist who will then consult our legal experts to discuss the best course of action. The goal is to resolve any issues that are holding up UI claims as quickly as possible with the resources available to us and our connections to the EDD office. 

To schedule an intake appointment, please call out Job Protection Helpline at 916-905-1625

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