My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: California
I misread the instructions on the bi-weekly benefits claim form. I thought I had 14 days to fill it out, sign, date and mail it in order to continue to receive my benefits. It turns out the form must be received by the EDD within 14 days. I had not sent it back immediately, as is my usual practice, because I had been told I would be hired by a new employer. When I had not received confirmation by the 14th day, I contacted the prospective employer and learned they wouldn't be hiring until mid-July. I immediately filled out the claim form and mailed it. I have now received notice back from the EDD that, because they received my form after 14 days, I would have to show "good cause" for why it was late. In rereading the instructions, I now realize I blew it--the form must be received by the 14th day, not mailed by the 14th day! This was a stupid mistake and I can't really explain why I was under the impression that I had 14 days to mail my claim. Can you tell me what they mean by "Good Cause," and will I now be disqualified from receiving the rest of my unemployment benefits because I made a mistake?