UI Online: Reporting Bonuses, Pensions and Other Types of Income using UI Online

UI Online: Reporting Bonuses, Pensions and Other Types of Income using UI Online


Welcome to UI Online – your fast,
convenient, and secure way to certify for continuing unemployment benefits and
manage your claim. In this demonstration, we will show you
how to answer Question #6 when certifying for benefits in order to
properly report that you are receiving an “other type of income” from a past
employer. Some examples are: Severance, Vacation, Jury Duty, Holiday Pay, Wage Continuation Pay, WARN Pay, In Lieu
of Notice Pay. In addition, if you work for the film industry or are
self-employed you will want to look for our instructional videos specific to
these situations. In order to certify for benefits using UI Online, you will
first need to register and create a UI Online account. If you haven’t created an
account yet, or you need information on how to certify, please see our other
instructional videos for help with these topics. Unemployment Insurance (UI)
benefits are designed to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers.
Even if you have received additional money from a past employer, you may still
be eligible for reduced UI benefits. It’s important to properly report to the EDD
all other types of income to ensure that you receive the benefit payment that
you’re entitled to. Now, we will show you how your benefit payment is calculated.
The EDD uses the information that you provide during the certification process
to determine the amount and type of income that is deductible from your
Weekly Benefit Amount. When you report earnings, the EDD will use the criteria shown on
this chart to calculate your payment. Most customers certify for continuing
benefits two weeks at a time. If you have multiple weeks that need to be certified,
you will start with the oldest week first. You must report your earnings on
your certification for the weeks in which the work was performed, regardless
of when you actually get paid. But when you receive an “other” type of income from
a past employer during your claim, such as a bonus or a pension, it is sometimes
confusing how to report this information. The best rule is: if you know the amount
in advance, report it for the time period it covers.
If you do not know the amount until you receive it, report it when received. Our benefit weeks
are usually Sunday through Saturday, so you must report the earnings during
that week only. So for example, you know that you are going to receive a pension
payment in the amount of $300 for the dates August 1 through August 15th. Even though
you did not receive the pension until August 21st, you must report the pension
on the claim certification for the period it covers. For a bonus, even though you know that
you may receive it, you do not know the amount or when it will
be received until it is paid. For example, you know that you may
receive a safety bonus for the second quarter which is April through June, but you
do not know the amount or when it will be paid. On August 14, you receive the second
quarter safety bonus in the amount of $300. In this example, even though the
bonus is for April through June, you would report the bonus when you received it on
August 14. Now that you understand how other types of income can affect a UI
claim, let’s focus on how you will report it using UI Online. This video focuses specifically on how
to answer Question #6 on UI Online to correctly report other types
of income during your UI claim. Question #6 asks, “Did you work or earn
any money, whether you were paid or not?” If you did not work or earn any of these
types of income associated with work, answer “No” to Question #6. In this
example, since you answered “No” to Question #6, you will be asked one follow-up
question on the next screen. This follow-up question will appear for you
to confirm receipt of other income types, such as a pension, bonus or back pay
award. In this demonstration, we will show how to report receipt of a bonus. Now you’ll
enter the information you received regarding your bonus pay. Begin by
selecting “Bonus” from the drop-down menu. For this example, we are doing a bonus, if
your pay is not listed, then you would choose “Not Listed” and provide further
details about the money. Next, enter the amount of the bonus pay. In this example,
the bonus was for $300. Enter the date the bonus pay was received which is 08/14/15.
Enter the name of the employer providing this pay. For this example, the bonus was
received from ABC Company. In the “Other Income Details” field, enter a description
or any other helpful details about the pay you received. In order to process a
bonus more quickly, it helps to know what time period the bonus covers and if you
happen to know how many people may have received it. For example, “2nd Quarter
Quality bonus, more than 10 people received.” Answer the question, “Do you have
any additional other types of income to report for this week?” In some cases, you may receive multiple types of income
from your employer such as bonus and pension. When this happens, be sure to
select “Yes: for this question. In this example, we will select “No.” After
completing this screen, select “Next” to continue. You’re almost done. Once you have
answered all of the certification questions, it’s time to review your
answers for accuracy. Please read the Acknowledgement section
below. If everything is correct, select the Acknowledgement check box, at the
bottom of the page, and enter your ZIP code. Checking the box and entering your ZIP
code also serves as your electronic signature indicating you have read and
understood the Acknowledgement statement. Customers who make false statements or
withhold information are punishable by law and could be subject to penalties,
including being denied UI benefits, in addition to having to pay back any
amount that you were not entitled to receive with a 30% monetary penalty. If
you need to make changes to any of the answers, simply select the “Previous” button to go
back to any of the previous screens. When you’re ready, select “Submit.” Selecting “Submit” finalizes
and completes the certification process for those weeks. You are done! You have successfully
submitted your certification to the EDD when you see this screen with your
confirmation number. You should save this number for your reference or select the
“Confirmation” link to print a copy for your records. If you have additional
weeks that are available to be certified, click the “Return to Certify for Benefits”
button to repeat the process. If you reported incorrectly, at this point you
need to send a message through Ask EDD on the EDD website. Be sure to specify the week, amount reported, and the correct amount.
We hope you have found this video helpful on how to properly report your
other type of income in a fast, convenient and secure way online. Additional
information about this topic is available on our EDD website. We also
invite you to view other instructional videos available to learn more about the
many different benefits and conveniences of using UI Online.

Danny Hutson

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