EDD Site Crashes as CA Self-Employed Try to File
California Self-employed, independent contractors, & ‘gig’ workers can finally apply for unemployment, as of today April 28th. But, as of 10 AM today, the EDD has crashed for many.
Just did crash 10:05 am 🙁
— Norma & Kyle (@BluDotRealtyGrp) April 28, 2020
This reporter has been trying to file since 9AM (pst) this morning. And has not had any luck, the system simply keeps crashing. California has an estimated 2.2 Million self-employed workers, all who have not been eligible for unemployment benefits until today. The ‘PUA’ or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program is accepting applications online, but we recommend waiting a bit, it will not effect your award, they back date it.
UI Online and UI Online Mobile are unavailable now thru 5:30am in order to implement changes for the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. The EDD will be able to take applications for PUA benefits at 10am on Tues., April 28. Info: https://t.co/0gKCjLi24S.
— EDD (@CA_EDD) April 28, 2020
Independent contractors, gig-workers, and self employed people have been waiting since March for help from the state. Unemployment benefits have not been available to self-employed people since the pandemic started. Naturally, millions of Californians are now poor, panicked, and pissed-off. Not just because it took 2 months to offer them help, but because the EDD site keeps crashing, now at the eleventh hour, a few days from the end of the month when most citizens must pay their rent.