Ok, here is the answer everyone has been waiting for. I too received this letter of "Invalid Claim, Section 1277" from E.D.D. At first I panicked because I have been solely relying on this income. Then I got upset and thought, "How do they expect me to claim an income when I am unemployed; it contradicts itself!"
The reason why we received this letter is because our claim to collect unemployment is for 1 year only. Do the math, you received this letter 365 days after you filed your claim, right? I know, 'because I kept all copies of the paperwork they sent me. Second, just because you may only receive un-employment benefits for 1 year doesnt mean you will not get paid anymore. Since we are in a state of recession, certain states that have HIGH rates of un-employment have been granted extensions. We received that letter because the system is set up to do so automatically; the system has not, and probably will not be updated. WHY? Great question. I believe they have not updated it because they WANT those letters to go out to scare us into desperately looking and possibly settling for a job at Wal-Mart or McDonalds; therefore cancelling our benefits. I have received my claim form and it does not cancel my benefits.
I received one too. Since I knew I had funds left available to me, I freaked out until I did a little research. In basic terms, you have a claim filed with your state's employment office. At the time that claim expires, a "test" is run where the state compares it's unemployment rate to the federal unemployment rate. If the national average is higher than the state, you will receive a shorter extension (7 weeks). If the state rate of unemployment is higher than the national average, you will receive a longer extension (13 weeks). California has one of the highest unemployment rates right now so you should receive the longer extension. You will receive another letter letting you know that a new claim has already been filed & your checks will resume. Basically, it's a panic inflicting wake up call. I hope this puts your mind at ease. Good luck in your job search!
So sad that the state puts us through this, I too just received this letter and it has scared me to the point that My body went numb, I have been trying all day to get through the edd office and have not had any luck. I hope its true about us still having benefits. May your god be with you and good luck to all of us who are hard working Americans struggling to find a job again.
Thank GOD for you people! If not for this Post, I would have not know what to do but suicide! As above stated, this is my ONLY form of Income! Also - I have the exact same date of 07/2010! I will also wait and see what happens, until then - God be with you ALL!
Count me in with the letter. I received my section 1277 notice 2 days after my last benefit check. My last check said I didn't need to do anything. My benefits extension would be filed automatically and that my maximum benefit amount was over $5000.00. So, one letter says don't worry, do nothing while the other letter says your benefits are over, but that this letter does not affect your extended benefits. Gee, what if the state just made sense with all this information and there was no confusion. We wouldn't want that. And with the state in a recession along with the rest of the nation, why do they even send out checks. Have you ever heard of direct deposit? Do you know how much money that could save the state?
This seems to be an automatic internal thing that has yet to be changed to avoid confusing people. I had the same questions resulting from the same notice and so I emailed the EDD on their website. Here was the question and response ...
I wrote the following:
I'm starting my 1st extension and I received the following forms in the mail: "Notice of Requirement to Register For Work" dated 3/22/10, a "Notice of Unemployment Insurance Award" dated 3/24/10, and a check with a new claim form. However, I also received a "Notice of Determination of Invalid Claim, Section 1277" form with boxes A - C checked that was issued after the other ones on 3/26/10. The box next to "This Determination Does Not Affect You Claim For Extended Benefits" is NOT checked. I'm confused as to if I will continue to receive benefits since I've received the notice of invalid claim AFTER receiving the other paperwork. Please help. Thank you.
Here is our reply:
Your new claim with effective date 02/28/10 is not a valid claim and it does not affect your extension claim. Federal and State law does not allow payments to be made on a federal extension claim once you are qualified to file a new regular claim in any state, regardless of the benefit amount on the new regular claim. So if you've earned wages that qualify you for a new regular claim in any state, all payments on your extension must stop. This means that, if you do not qualify for a new regular claim or in another word, if you have an invalid new claim, you can continue to collect benefits on your extension.
Hope this helps.
Ok, I'm on my second extension and received 1 check.. A week ago I mailed my claim but did not received it.. I receive a letter stating that I need to submit check stubs that I did in June 09. It wasn't enough for me to re claim as I receive section 1277. I called EDD and they told me my check should be printed out in 48 hrs. Anyway I've been numbed for the last few days.. It's my source of income for me to distribute my resume as the money sent to me is transportation money..
I have not earned any money until now on the 1277 requirements. Do I need to send the letter back with an explanation or simply forget it! I'm looking for jobs constantly but with no avail...what do I do? I'm freaking out!
I just received the same letter.... I hope that it worked out for you. If you don't mind could you please explain what happened after. I don't know what to do. Thanks
The test is what they call a "lag period test" to see if you qualify for benefits. If you have made $$ and did work during this "period" that they are requesting, then you should be able to appeal. I am !!