Unemployment Insurance: Continued Eligibility Requirements–Work Search

To be, and stay, eligible for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits the Employment Development Department (EDD), the agency that handles UI, needs to know that you are:

  • Able to work
  • Available for work
  • Actively searching for work
  • Accepting suitable work, and
  • Reporting any wages and certain other income you earn while receiving unemployment benefits.

Some of these requirements are discussed in detail in separate Fact Sheets. This Fact Sheet will give you general information about reporting to the EDD and discuss, specifically, what it means to be actively searching for and accepting suitable work.

For further information about your employment rights, contact the Workers’ Rights Clinic.


This Fact Sheet is intended to provide accurate, general information regarding legal rights relating to employment in California. Yet because laws and legal procedures are subject to frequent change and differing interpretations, the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center cannot ensure the information in this Fact Sheet is current nor be responsible for any use to which it is put. Do not rely on this information without consulting an attorney or the appropriate agency about your rights in your particular situation.