SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Cuts in the state budget have hit a lot of people hard, but they hit especially hard when you’re already hurting. If you’re sick and off work in the State of California some federal under-funding issues could have a major impact on you.
Recently I had a viral or bacterial infection doctors couldn’t seem to figure out. It really hurt and was uncomfortable for four weeks, but I’m feeling better now and back at workREAD MORE: Oakland Ties 2020 Homicide Total in First 9 Months of 2021
But my company stopped paying me until it got the word from the state Employment Development Department, which would help pay the salary I wasn’t getting.
“These are benefits that an employee pays into should they ever become ill; they have to miss work,” said EDD spokeswoman Loree Levy.
You won’t talk to her or anyone else in a timely manner when you start to get the ball rolling on your claim. I tried, but could never get through. That’s because there aren’t enough operators for the number of calls they get. So they cut you off.
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EDD also deals with unemployment insurance. They’ve cut back hours for operators dealing with unemployment insurance.