My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: California
I applied for UI on June 7th. My first two weeks are from 6-7 to 6-13 & 6-14 to 6-20. I received my forms on June 16th, I did not put them in the mailbox till 21 days later on July 7th.
I now have a phone interview scheduled for August 10th to explain my tardiness. I'm assuming if my explanation is not satisfactory I will lose my potential UI benefits. I can't afford this so I need to know what to do and what not to do.
Why I'm late in all its stupidity:
I honestly felt bad filing for unemployment because from everything I see and hear on the news there are people FAR worse off than I am. I've been unemployed since May 15th, but did not apply for unemployment till weeks later. My jobs usually last 2 years, then there is a few months break. I have never filed for UI before, I never felt the need. I thought that it would be the same again.
Regardless, after filling out the form for the first two weeks I didn't immediately send it in (obvious) because everything looked like I would be working again very soon. I had my tax refunds coming in and two recruiters looked to be very promising, nearly a shoe in for two jobs I'd get to decide between. Then the information that California isn't sending me my tax refund (IOU), then I get into a car accident (high deductible), and finally both jobs fall through. They may still happen, but not till October or possibly November. Everything hits the fan and I realize I need my UI benefits so I send in the claim.
Now I have the phone interview because I acted stupidly. I have been looking for work this entire time and as such I feel that I'm still entitled to my UI benefits that I pay taxes on all the time.
What do I do in the interview? What don't I do in the interview? If it's determined I'm ineligible is it possible to refile and do it again?