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 (the subject of this Fact Sheet);
- Available for work;
- Actively searching for work;
- Accepting suitable work; and
- Reporting any income you earn.
Each of these requirements is discussed in detail in separate Fact Sheets. This Fact Sheet gives you general information about reporting to the EDD and discusses specifically what it means to be “able to work.”
For further information about your employment rights, contact the Workers’ Rights Clinic.