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EDD Telephone Interview: Please Help! California

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2,611 words with 1 Comments; publish: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 19:14:00 GMT; (80031.25, « »)

I've been out of work since mid-April 2009. I immediately filed for unemployment and have been receiving checks up to the end of May 2009. Everything was running smoothly until I got a request for a telephone interview in the mail today.

It outlined these following questions:

1.Outline the reason(s) for leaving the company.

2.Why are you currently not working at your last job?

3.Were you warned?

4.When were you warned?

5.What information may have been incorrect or inaccurate on the claim form and why was this information given?


The company gave me the choice to either resign or be terminated. I chose the latter because, from my understanding, you can't apply for Unemployment Benefits when you leave on your own accord. Thus, when I was filling out the EDD claim form I said I was "laid-off" because the term "terminated" is quite vague.


1. Why am I being interviewed? Does this mean the company is appealing my benefit request? If so, is EDD conducting this interview based on newly acquired information from my previous employer? How much and what type of information does a company disclose?

2. I wasn't given a specific reason why I was terminated. I can assume a few reasons (ie. I wasn't getting along with my colleagues), is this a legitimate reason to deny me unemployment benefits? I just don't want the interviewer to misinterpret anything, so what should I say if I wasn't given a specific reason for the termination?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    • I can't answer your questions. I don't know why you are being interviewed and I doubt if anyone else here does either. We can offer a guess but that's all it would be - a guess.

      However, I'd like to explain some terminology to you. It's possible - and again I'm only guessing - that semantics played a part here.

      The term layoff is frequently misused. Because so many employees go up in a sheet of flame when they hear the word, fired, assuming that it MUST mean they are being accused of doing something wrong, many employers incorrectly use the term layoff to imply a firing that is not for cause.

      However, technically unless there is a very real reason to believe that you will be called back to work, you were not laid off. A layoff, when used correctly, implies a temporary loss of work.

      Any time you leave your employment, that's a termination. A quit is a voluntary termination. If your employer initiates it, it's an involuntary termination.

      #1; Mon, 22 Jun 2009 19:21:00 GMT