Can unemployment base my benefit amount on months when I was on maternity leave?

Asked over 1 year ago - Healdsburg, CA

I worked full time for a retail department for five years as a Supervisor and was let go on 12/19/2012. I took maternity leave in 06/2011, and the base period that was used to determine my benefit amount was during my leave. When I was working I made 489.00 a week after taxes. Now, I only get 189.00 before taxes from unemployment. I feel like I'm being screwed. Is this legal? I am a single mother now struggling to make ends meet and have been looking for work.

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  1. Benjamin Davidson


    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . The EDD uses a base period of four consecutive quarters, and bases your benefit amount on the quarter in which you made the MOST money. You did not mention how long you were on maternity leave, but in your situation, depending on when you filed your claim, the base period may have run through the second or (possibly) the third quarter of 2012. So basically unless you were out of work for nine months or more, it is unlikely that your rate was affected by your maternity leave.

    The amount that you made "after taxes" is not relevant -- the question is how much you made in your best quarter BEFORE taxes. Then you can take a look at the EDD Benefits Guide (link below) and see whether it matches up. If not, then contact the EDD to discuss.

    Best of luck to you.

    Disclaimer: This reply does not constitute legal advice or the establishment of an attorney-client relationship,... more

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