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Re: Unemployment Help
It went through by you even with a benefit rate of $0?
Yes, although upthread someone (Shulem?) said it wasn't working for him either.

And what form did you fill out?
Originally, the basic unemployment form on the website. After that, the re-certification form every week. 2 days ago, some new form they linked to in an email.

May 11, 2020, 01:26:33 PM
Re: When do you think International travel will resume?
This one might help resume a lot more things than travel, if indeed it's effective.

How would it help for germs coming from inside the body, like breathing?

May 13, 2020, 12:19:49 PM
Re: Unemployment Help
Person 1: Self employed, his account finally shows an amount that he will make per week but does not show the 600. Will that come in?
If he's in NJ then he's in the same boat as all of us.
They finally started giving self-employed filers the minimum $231 per week but not the $600.
No one seems to know when they'll be giving the $600.

May 15, 2020, 10:57:02 AM
Re: Unemployment Help
Hooray just received this from NJ. Submitted early April, responded to questionairre next day, responded to second questionairre earlier this week.

Subject: Your claim is now eligible for payment of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

You are also eligible for an additional $600 per week through Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).

On Saturday, May 16th, the first day to certify for your benefits, please carefully follow the instructions below. There are multiple steps you will need to complete in one sitting. One set of questions will ask about your coronavirus pandemic-related need for unemployment assistance. A second set of questions certifies your weekly employment situation. You will have to answer the second set of questions for each week of benefits you claim.

Answering these weekly certification questions differently than described in the instructions will delay payment.

Review the coronavirus-specific instructions on how to answer the questions to certify for your benefits. Print out these instructions or keep the webpage open as you work through the questions.
Locate the exact half-hour timeslot on Saturday, May 16th that you are permitted to access the certifying system. Click on the "down arrow" on the "Saturday" box.
Login at your specific time on Saturday, May 16th through the link that says "Certify for Weekly Benefits." The process must be completed all at once.
Answer the questions on the PUA Self-Certification Page about your coronavirus-related situation.
Read and acknowledge the warning against unemployment fraud.
Review the instructions for certification for benefits. Again, print out these instructions or keep the webpage open as you certify.
Answer the certifying questions. Submit.
If the "Claim Additional Week" button appears in the center-bottom of the confirmation screen, click the button and complete a certification for each week available on your claim. There may be multiple weeks available to you, which would allow you to receive multiple weeks of benefits.
Continue to click on "Claim Additional Week" until that button no longer appears after answering the certifying questions.

Once you certify for benefits, you should receive payment by Wednesday May 20.  You will also receive a separate payment for Pandemic Unemployment Compensation of $600 per week for each week for which you certified. You should receive those payments by Tuesday, May 26. 

If you miss your scheduled certification time window on your scheduled day, you will be able to certify later the same day from 4:00-7:00 during your timeslot. If you miss your time on Saturday, you will be able to claim all weeks available to you during the week of Sunday May 17, according to the published schedule.

Please check back each Saturday evening as the schedule is subject to change to ensure a balanced load on the system.  Beginning Sunday May 17, you should continue to certify weekly for benefits according to the weekly schedule for each week you remain unemployed.

Three tips to ensure timely payment: 

Certify beginning Saturday, May 16, according to the schedule on our website. 

Answer the questions according to the instructions to avoid delaying your payment. 

Certify for each week available on your claim.
Check the weekly schedule on Saturday evenings and certify during your timeslot to keep yourself paid up to date.
Thank you for your patience as we expand unemployment assistance eligibility to meet your needs.

Division of Unemployment Insurance

New Jersey Department of Labor
Don't count your chickens just yet.
We got the exact same email a week ago and as I wrote above - 1) we only received the minimum $231 for PUA, 2) it was retroactive to the date of filing not the date of unemployment - which was 1 1/2 weeks earlier, 3) & we didn't receive any of the FPUC $600 a week.

May 15, 2020, 03:23:25 PM
Re: Unemployment Help
don't worry. i still did not get anything for the first 4 weeks... :-[
But you are the first person I know to have gotten any FPUC ($600) for self-employed in NJ!

May 18, 2020, 10:14:12 AM
Re: When do you think International travel will resume?
6 percent is a huge chunk
I would think so too.

May 18, 2020, 05:01:06 PM
Re: When do you think International travel will resume?
Here's hoping that non cruise ship tourists will be allowed in a lot earlier
Cruise ships don't matter to me much but regular international flights do. :)

May 19, 2020, 11:18:30 AM
Re: Getting Corona Virus Twice As the one who started this thread, I'd like to make an observation.
Although I am scrupulously following the stay-at-home order, I see many people who have moved past it.
Yet, there is no new outbreak.
It makes me believe that people who have it do have immunity for some time.
In my case, perhaps it just never really left and flared up again later.

May 19, 2020, 03:02:52 PM
Re: Getting Corona Virus Twice
While Im not disagreeing with your premise that it seems immunity (at least to some extent) exists, there are many reasons that you would not be seeing a new large outbreak yet beyond immunity. This holds true in places everywhere around the world that have gone through this, including places where there has been a very small percentage of the population infected.

Some possibilities:
-There are far fewer infected people around now than before
-As much as people have moved past it, the amount of mingling between and beyond social circles is very very far from where we were previously. Think shuls, Yeshivos, stores, weddings. I know of someone who broke all the rules last week and had an 80 person indoor wedding. Compare that with the smallest typical wedding in Bais Faiga, which has a minimum of 350 people invited to the meal alone, which goes on in multiple places nightly. People keep certain standards of distancing everywhere, and there is still a lot of mask wearing and hand washing. This has a tremendous impact.
-Testing and awareness are way up.
-It is way too early to see an outbreak, as each passing day more and more people are getting lax. A week or two ago most people were still being much stricter than they currently are.

In summation, while I do believe (some) immunity is a thing and I think many people in my community have it, to arrive at that conclusion from your observation is unscientific to say the least.
I never intended for my observation to be considered scientific. :)
I do agree with your post. You raise very good points.
Time will tell.
May Hashem allow us to move past this (in a way that we are better than before).

May 19, 2020, 05:23:12 PM
Re: Unemployment Help
You can transfer the funds from your debit directly to your bank account (on the BOA website - there is a link up-thread).
I found that piece of information very helpful.

June 10, 2020, 09:23:41 AM