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    Jwd
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    time limit on applying for unemployment?

    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? california

    Once fired is there a time limit on applying for unemployment benefits in California? If I wait X number of days or weeks will I lose my chance?

    Thank youWhat is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?
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    yes, but I do not know what it is.
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    I don't care what the time-limit is; they usually give you ample time to file your claim. For example, when I learned about racial and sexual discrimination, the teacher who taught it to me actually described the 180 day maximum limit as a "very tight window," but if you don't procrastinate, 180 days is MORE than enough time to get the job done. Give me a 30 day time frame, and then we'll talk about tight windows.

    You should apply for unemployment insurance the minute they put the pink slip in your hand. Hell, without a job to go to, it's not like you have a whole lot of commitments in the day, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stebbinsd View Post
    I don't care what the time-limit is; they usually give you ample time to file your claim. For example, when I learned about racial and sexual discrimination, the teacher who taught it to me actually described the 180 day maximum limit as a "very tight window," but if you don't procrastinate, 180 days is MORE than enough time to get the job done. Give me a 30 day time frame, and then we'll talk about tight windows.

    You should apply for unemployment insurance the minute they put the pink slip in your hand. Hell, without a job to go to, it's not like you have a whole lot of commitments in the day, right?
    Um, you're referencing the limit for an EEOC or DFEH claim, NOT unemployment. It's not even the same regulatory agency, let alone the same cause of action.

    There can be some advantages to "waiting" if the wages are such that filing a claim in the subsequent quarter to the termination would result in higher benefits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pattytx View Post
    Um, you're referencing the limit for an EEOC or DEFH claim, NOT unemployment. It's not even the same regulatory agency, let alone the same cause of action.

    There can be some advantages to "waiting" if the wages are such that filing a claim in the subsequent quarter to the termination would result in higher benefits.
    The point I was trying to make (sorry if it didn't come out the way it was supposed to) was that the government usually gives you plenty of time to file your claims.
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    Your definition of time limit and the UI commission's definition of time limit may be very very different. I think the UI commission's definition would be more helpful to the OP, and in fact that's what the OP was asking for - not yours. Unfortunately, I don't happen to know what the UI commission's time limit for filing is. However, someone else here might know that and by posting it will actually answer the OP's question.

    OP, if you don't get the answer you're looking for here, I reco you call the commission directly. (And while I haven't answered your question, I have at least pointed you in the right direction to an answer. )
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    Thank you all for the responses. Trying to reach a live person at the UI dept. here in California has proven difficult. The reason I ask is because a former co-worker of mine may have evidence of my former employers misconduct in regards to my termination but that former co-worker is on leave and temporarily unreachable. I fully expect my former employer to contest my UI benefits and I figured it best to get all my ducks in a row before I start the process.

    thanks again
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    No need to wait for that. Even a clean claim these days is taking 3-4 weeks.
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