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Re: Unemployment Help NJ.

PSA 2!

1 - A woman who had a baby continued to re-certify each week but for the question of "are you able, willing & ready to work?" she checked "no".
She has not received benefits for the last few weeks due to this.
Yesterday she got a phone call from the DOL asking how long before she had a baby she wasn't able to work because they want her to refund the few weeks of unemployment from before the baby. This woman honestly answered that was able to work up until the baby was born, as she has done by her other births, and the money was not clawed back.
Then the DOL rep told her she can not claim in the future that she is able again to work until she submits a letter from her doctor that she can return to work!

2 - Once on the phone with a live rep (!), the lady asked asked why she wasn't getting benefits retroactive to the date of unemployment and not just from the date of filing her claim.
The rep responded that they are not automatically giving retroactive benefits (unlike what the Agudah webinar and LRRC are saying) unless someone specifically asks for it (which is impossible since no one can get through to a live person). This rep offered to open a claim for this lady.

Hope this info will be helpful to others.

June 25, 2020, 10:51:07 AM
Re: Unemployment Help
Would it be fair to say that NY state dep of labor is doing a much better job of paying claims in a timely manner and retroactive claims as opposed to NJ dep of labor?
Your statement is an indisputable fact (more than fair to say :) ).

June 25, 2020, 02:39:14 PM
Re: Unemployment Help
When asked the question "when was the last day worked" on her application she should have entered the date she last earned more than her WBR. That would have been her effective claim date.
You should be able to correct by talking to an agent at the DOL, but I know that's close to impossible in NJ...

June 27, 2020, 11:04:47 PM
Re: Unemployment Help
It's DDF. You're anonymous anyways...

#-asking for a friend.
Not everyone is anonymous to everyone.
It's also common enough to ask on behalf of others.

July 07, 2020, 08:48:59 AM
Re: Unemployment Help
NJ - I complained to Congressman Chris Smith's office a while back, and I got an email tonight from his office with a form to fill out. I'm attaching it here, so anyone else in NJ-4 can use it and email it back to him.
Thank you for helping.
Been there done that.
Pretty sure it didn't do anything.
Doesn't seem like anyone has any leverage over the DOL workers.
Bureaucracy at its best.

July 26, 2020, 11:05:58 PM
Re: Unemployment Help
Anyone with experience with this, please?
Still looking for it myself!
These reps are clearly reading off a script but are completely unfamiliar with the website.

July 30, 2020, 05:45:23 PM
Re: Unemployment Help
Anything specific I should be aware of?
It's like a court....swearing/affirming....very official....take all your information (much of which wasn't pertinent to the case)....ask lots of questions.....
Also, were you successful in your appeal?
It didn't seem like it. Quite merciless attitude, if you ask me.
We'll wait and see what the letter says.

September 13, 2020, 11:52:13 PM