Unemployment benefits are payments made by the state to people who are temporarily out of work through no fault of their own. They are intended to partially replace your lost wages while you look for a new job.
These benefits are provided through an insurance program run jointly by the federal government and California. Each state has its own rules about who qualifies for benefits, how much you can receive, and for how long.
Taxes paid by employers in California fund the program and employers may not deduct these taxes from employee wages. If an employer asks you to agree to have the unemployment insurance tax deducted from your wages, you can refuse. Such an agreement is not enforceable.
The extended and expanded unemployment benefits that were available through the CARES Act ended as of September 6, 2021. Some states have also changed their rules to cover those who are out of work due to COVID-19 .
More information about unemployment benefits in California can be found on the website of the California Employment Development Department.