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Unemployment Insurance: California

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Callan G. Carter, Trucker Huss


  • Most employers doing business in California are subject to the California Unemployment Insurance Code. See Employer Coverage.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
  • Unemployment benefits will generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Employers must provide the state with certain information when an employee files an unemployment claim. See Filing Claims.
  • Employers must follow certain notice, posting and recordkeeping requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements; Recordkeeping Requirements.
  • California offers the Work Sharing Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See Work Sharing Program.