General Guide to Reading the California Unemployment Insurance Code

California statutes are contained in 29 separate codes. The twenty-sixth in alphabetical order is the Unemployment Insurance Code. All 29 Codes have general provisions applicable to the reading and interpretation of the sections of that Code. The following are selected general provisions of the Unemployment Insurance Code:

Article 1 – This Law is known as the Unemployment Insurance Code.

Section 2 – The provisions of this Code, to the extent that they are substantially the same as existing legal provisions relating to the same matter, shall be interpreted as reissues and continuations, and not as new laws.

Section 4 – Unless the context requires otherwise, the general provisions set forth govern the interpretation of this Code.

Section 5 – The division, part, chapter, article, and section headings do not in any way affect the scope, meaning, or intent of the provisions of this Code.

Article 6 – Whenever a power is granted or a duty is imposed on any person or board by any provision of this Code, it may be exercised or carried out by any deputy or person authorized by the person or board to whom the power is granted. power or on whom the duty is imposed, unless it is expressly provided that the power or duty must be exercised or performed only by the person or board to whom the power is granted or on whom the duty is imposed.

Section 7 – Whenever reference is made to any part of this Code or any other law, the reference applies to all amendments and additions, now or later.

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Article 8 – The term “written” includes any form of recorded message capable of being understood by ordinary visual means. Whenever this Code requires any notice, report, petition, permission, statement or record, it must be in writing in the English language.

Section 10 – The present tense includes the past and future tenses; and the future tense includes the present.

Article 11 – The masculine gender includes the feminine and the neuter.

Section 11.2 – The term “spouse” includes “registered domestic partner.”

Article 13 – The singular number includes the plural and the plural the singular.

Article 15 – The term “shall” is mandatory and “may” is permissive.

Article 16 – The term “oath” includes the affirmation and written certification or signed statement to be true under penalty of perjury.

Article 17 – The terms “signature” or “subscription” include trademark. The mark must be made as required by the Civil Code.

Article 18 – If any provision of this Code, or its application to any person or circumstance, is declared invalid, the rest of the Code, or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances, will not be affected.

Article 20 – Whenever any reference is made to any person, official, board or agency by any provision of this Code, the reference applies to any other person, official, board or agency to whom the functions are conferred to the person, official , the board or agency referenced is transferred.

Section 21 – The Legislature hereby declares its intent that the term “workers’ compensation” also be known as “workers’ compensation.” In furtherance of this policy, it is the Legislature’s desire that references to the term “workers’ compensation” in this Code be changed to “workers’ compensation” when sections of the code are amended for any purpose. This law is declaratory and does not modify the existing law.

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