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You are eligible for the $600 weekly FPUC payment if you are on any sort of unemployment, including PUA and partial unemployment. This is available for claims dated 3/28/20-7/31/20. The federal supplement does not affect eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP. It does affect SNAP and TANF.

If you filed for UI more than a week after your layoff date, you are eligible for backpay.

The obligatory waiting week has been waived, so your claim will process with a date a week earlier than what you apply for, to account for the waiting week waiver.

NY
There is a streamlined application process so that all applicants complete the same form, regardless of which program they'll eventually be eligible for.
PUA:
Unemployment for the self-employed. Acceptable proof of income includes prior year tax returns, 1099, P&L, bank statements and more. You will most likely be approved for standard UI even if you're an independent contractor, if you had W2 employment within the last 18 months.
If you are assigned the minimum rate of $182 when it should be higher based on your income, complete this form, fax it in, then send it again via the message center (Subject1: "Benefit Rate and Monetary Determination" Subject2: "Some of my wages are missing or incorrect") so that they definitely got it. Your rate should be adjusted in less than a week. You are also entitled to get your updated rate on all prior weeks.
You are also eligible for PUA if you landed a job but where unable to start due to the pandemic. You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.
PUA is available for a total of 46 weeks from 02/02/20-12/31/20.
Partial UI:
You can apply for partial UI if you're working 3 days or less, and earning $504/weekly or less. The DOL deducts 25% of your base rate for every day that you work. (You receive 100% of your rate if you don't work at all, 75% if you work 1 day, 50% if you work 2 days, and 25% if you work 3 days).
PEUC:
For those on regular unemployment- you will receive an additional 13 weeks of benefits after you've exhausted your initial 26 weeks. This benefit is available through 12/31/20.
Extended Benefits:
For those on regular unemployment- you will receive an additional 20 weeks of benefits after you've exhausted your initial 26 weeks and your PEUC weeks. This makes for a total of 59 weeks that you can possible receive unemployment benefits. This benefit is available as long as the state's unemployment rate is high.
Requesting Backpay:
The NY DOL is using Docusign to allow claimants to file backpay. You should receive an email from the DOL with instructions. The email subject is "Action Required - NYS DOL Certification for Back Week Payments". This might end up in your spam folder, so be sure to check that as well.
If you don't receive this email or you don't want to wait, call the NY DOL and speak to an agent to certify for backpay over the phone.
It takes a little less than a week from when you complete backdated certifications until your claims are processed and funds are released.
$0 Benefit Determination:
Email @cgr for instructions on a fix for this issue

NJ
Apply here.
PUA:
Unemployment for the self-employed. Acceptable proof of income includes prior year tax returns, 1099, P&L, bank statements and more. You will most likely be approved for standard UI even if you're an independent contractor, if you had W2 employment within the last 18 months.
At this point it looks like claimants are still being given $231- the minimum PUA rate- regardless of prior income.
You are also eligible for PUA if you landed a job but where unable to start due to the pandemic. You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.
PUA is available for a total of 46 weeks from 02/02/20-12/31/20.
Partial UI:
You can apply for partial UI if your hours have been reduced by 20% or more. You'll be allowed to earn an additional 20% above your rate determination. Your earnings will then be deducted from your rate, and you'll receive the balance as your UI payment.
PEUC:
For those on regular unemployment- you will receive an additional 13 weeks of benefits after you've exhausted your initial 26 weeks. This benefit is available through 12/31/20.
Extended Benefits:
For those on regular unemployment- you will receive an additional 20 weeks of benefits after you've exhausted your initial 26 weeks and your PEUC weeks. This makes for a total of 59 weeks that you can possible receive unemployment benefits. This benefit is available as long as the state's unemployment rate is high.
Requesting Backpay:
You can request backpay if you are lucky enough to get through to an agent.

Here is a guide for NJ residents from the LRRC.

You can email @cgr at chaiplus1@gmail.com for help with any unemployment questions.

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Unemployment Help
« on: March 26, 2020, 02:37:13 PM »
In NYS:
After signing up online, you have to complete your claim by phone. The problem is the call center is always either "busy" or "experiencing a long wait time." Does anyone know of any shortcuts/ back-doors to get through to them to complete a claim?
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2020, 05:05:56 PM »
In NYS:
After signing up online, you have to complete your claim by phone. The problem is the call center is always either "busy" or "experiencing a long wait time." Does anyone know of any shortcuts/ back-doors to get through to them to complete a claim?
Hang up and redial over and over until you get through
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2020, 01:09:44 AM »
Anyone have experience in NJ?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2020, 02:41:36 AM »
In NYS:
After signing up online, you have to complete your claim by phone. The problem is the call center is always either "busy" or "experiencing a long wait time." Does anyone know of any shortcuts/ back-doors to get through to them to complete a claim?
I did it Saturday night and didnít had to call anything, I got a message that I have to login every week to tell the days that I did or didnít work.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2020, 10:40:44 AM »
03/20/2020 10:26 AM FromDepartment of Labor
This is an important message about the Unemployment Insurance claim that you just filed
We have received the claim you recently filed on our website. However, you need to speak to an agent to complete it as soon as possible.

To do this, please call our Telephone Claims Center toll free at 888-209-8124. Select your language, then press 9 for the Main Menu. At the Main Menu, press 2 - "To complete your claim..." Please follow the instructions and wait on the line until a representative is available to help you.

this was the message my wife received when she applied two fridays ago
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2020, 10:55:07 AM »
03/20/2020 10:26 AM FromDepartment of Labor
This is an important message about the Unemployment Insurance claim that you just filed
We have received the claim you recently filed on our website. However, you need to speak to an agent to complete it as soon as possible.

To do this, please call our Telephone Claims Center toll free at 888-209-8124. Select your language, then press 9 for the Main Menu. At the Main Menu, press 2 - "To complete your claim..." Please follow the instructions and wait on the line until a representative is available to help you.

this was the message my wife received when she applied two fridays ago
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2020, 11:06:27 AM »
Does everyone need to call or was there something on the app they need to talk to her about?
Not everyone. Might be a issue that needs to be done manually

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2020, 12:22:12 PM »
Anyone have a way to reach an agent for NJ? Seems impossible to get through via phone, tried email option but that's not too promising.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2020, 02:41:46 PM »
A relative in NJ received unemployment through Jan 2020.

Even those who recently received benefits, and who are still unemployed, seem to be eligible for another round due to COVID-19.
I suppose that the $600 federal is available as well.
I do not see a way to apply online. I can not reach a representative.

Has anyone successfully applied online, spoke to a rep, or know anything about this?

I read the FAQ page but am not sure if it is updated. On the FAQs page:
Yes, if you exhausted your Unemployment benefits, you are likely eligible for 13 additional weeks under Pandemic Unemployment Compensation. However, we are awaiting federal guidance on the specifics of the 13-week extension of unemployment benefits. Please check back frequently for updates.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2020, 03:06:54 PM »
A relative in NJ received unemployment through Jan 2020.

Even those who recently received benefits, and who are still unemployed, seem to be eligible for another round due to COVID-19.
I suppose that the $600 federal is available as well.
I do not see a way to apply online. I can not reach a representative.

Has anyone successfully applied online, spoke to a rep, or know anything about this?

I read the FAQ page but am not sure if it is updated. On the FAQs page:
Yes, if you exhausted your Unemployment benefits, you are likely eligible for 13 additional weeks under Pandemic Unemployment Compensation. However, we are awaiting federal guidance on the specifics of the 13-week extension of unemployment benefits. Please check back frequently for updates.
The CARES Act added an additional 13 weeks in benefits to anyone who has exhausted their benefits after 7/1/19.

I've heard that some (in NY) were able to log in and start rectifying again, or had a new application available to them in their account.
It's very possible that NJ hasn't updated their system yet, along with many other states.

And to reiterate, the $600 is available to EVERYONE on unemployment, regardless if it's a new application, or part time unemployment.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2020, 03:33:53 PM »
The CARES Act added an additional 13 weeks in benefits to anyone who has exhausted their benefits after 7/1/19.

I've heard that some (in NY) were able to log in and start rectifying again, or had a new application available to them in their account.
It's very possible that NJ hasn't updated their system yet, along with many other states.

And to reiterate, the $600 is available to EVERYONE on unemployment, regardless if it's a new application, or part time unemployment.

So if someone gets a 2% pay cut they can apply for partial unemployment and get $600/week?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2020, 03:35:23 PM »
So if someone gets a 2% pay cut they can apply for partial unemployment and get $600/week?
Depends by state, but in NY for example you need to work 3 days or less AND have at least a reduction of 20% in hours, as well as earn $504 or less. If this applies only to some weeks you can still apply, but will only be able to get benefits approved to the weeks that this pertains.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2020, 03:37:41 PM »
The CARES Act added an additional 13 weeks in benefits to anyone who has exhausted their benefits after 7/1/19.

I've heard that some (in NY) were able to log in and start rectifying again, or had a new application available to them in their account.
It's very possible that NJ hasn't updated their system yet, along with many other states.

And to reiterate, the $600 is available to EVERYONE on unemployment, regardless if it's a new application, or part time unemployment.
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2020, 03:38:59 PM »
Anyone have experience in NJ?
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2020, 04:47:35 PM »
And to reiterate, the $600 is available to EVERYONE on unemployment, regardless if it's a new application, or part time unemployment.

Is someone eligible for UI/PUA in NY if they are partially employed (only a few hours a week) and paid in cash?
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