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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 You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.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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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1470 on: May 31, 2020, 11:27:00 AM »
I applied on NY, for some odd reason my password wasnít entered correctly,
I tried 2-3 times, I had to answer 3 security questions, which I did answer right,
But Iím still locked out, n have to call The unemployment office. I did certify twice over the phone.
Itís impossible to get thru to them, any other way, I can have access to my online page? I tried to entail them, but I must b signed in to do so
Can anyone help me?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1471 on: May 31, 2020, 11:50:45 AM »
I applied on NY, for some odd reason my password wasnít entered correctly,
I tried 2-3 times, I had to answer 3 security questions, which I did answer right,
But Iím still locked out, n have to call The unemployment office. I did certify twice over the phone.
Itís impossible to get thru to them, any other way, I can have access to my online page? I tried to entail them, but I must b signed in to do so
Can anyone help me?

Try a password reset? The online account (username/password) isnít specific to DOL, itís for many NYS government agencies.
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1472 on: May 31, 2020, 01:48:34 PM »
Try a password reset? The online account (username/password) isnít specific to DOL, itís for many NYS government agencies.
+1 and I think there was a different phone # to call for help
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1473 on: May 31, 2020, 01:51:44 PM »
I applied on NY, for some odd reason my password wasnít entered correctly,
I tried 2-3 times, I had to answer 3 security questions, which I did answer right,
But Iím still locked out, n have to call The unemployment office. I did certify twice over the phone.
Itís impossible to get thru to them, any other way, I can have access to my online page? I tried to entail them, but I must b signed in to do so
Can anyone help me?

This might help: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/claimantinfo/pdf/guide-1.pdf

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1474 on: May 31, 2020, 01:58:45 PM »
For certification corrections only option is a phone call.
Anyone successful at this in NJ?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1475 on: May 31, 2020, 03:20:37 PM »
Ny
How long is the average wait time to receive the benefits  debit card? Had one sent out may 22 and still didn't receive.
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1476 on: May 31, 2020, 03:23:10 PM »
Ny
How long is the average wait time to receive the benefits  debit card? Had one sent out may 22 and still didn't receive.

According to the DOL you should receive your debit card in the third week of your claim. (https://www.labor.ny.gov/debitcard/faq.shtm)
You can call the issuing bank (KeyBank Customer Service) at (866) 295-2955.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1477 on: May 31, 2020, 03:24:28 PM »
According to the DOL you should receive your debit card in the third week of your claim. (https://www.labor.ny.gov/debitcard/faq.shtm)
You can call the issuing bank (KeyBank Customer Service) at (866) 295-2955.
thanks!
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1478 on: May 31, 2020, 05:18:31 PM »
Found this upthread- apparently it's been discussed:


So to sum it up:
If you usually get paid for 12 months and are laid off, you're eligible during summertime even if you're going back in September.
If you usually get paid for 10 months and are laid off, you're eligible during summertime as long as you don't have a definite job in September.

Clarifications to the above regarding educational employees in NY:

If the contract is for 12 months and you are not laid off over the summer, you cannot collect UI over the summer.
If the contract is for 10 months and you have assurances for a job in September, you cannot collect UI over the summer. https://labor.ny.gov/ui/claimantinfo/school-personnel-faq.shtm#3
If the contract is for 12 months and you are laid off (including the summer), you can collect UI even if you are assured to go back in September.
If the contract is for 10 months and you haven't been given an offer for September, you can collect UI over the summer. (If you haven't been told anything but you can expect to have a job you aren't eligible right now, but can claim retroactively if you end up not having one in September.) https://labor.ny.gov/ui/claimantinfo/school-personnel-faq.shtm#6

One thing to note. It's all about the contract and not about the payments. If you have a 10 month contract but get paid over 12 months, you can collect UI if your contract is over even if you are still receiving payments over the next 2 months, assuming you have been told that you don't have a job for September. https://labor.ny.gov/ui/claimantinfo/school-personnel-faq.shtm#12


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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1479 on: May 31, 2020, 08:04:00 PM »
Did anyone have success claiming backpay in NJ? If yes, how?

Did anyone have success back-dating a claim in NJ to a date prior to "date of claim" ?

If yes, how?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1480 on: June 01, 2020, 12:10:59 PM »
Did anyone have success back-dating a claim in NJ to a date prior to "date of claim" ?

If yes, how?
No one from the people I know.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1481 on: June 01, 2020, 01:00:41 PM »
I was receiving weekly $182 from my approval date and the past 2 weeks I began receiving $353 is this a mistake or did they originally miscalculate the amount? Should I contact them to pay me the difference for all the previous weeks?
My payment amount still shows $182 (which I initially thought was low)

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1482 on: June 01, 2020, 01:05:28 PM »
I was receiving weekly $182 from my approval date and the past 2 weeks I began receiving $353 is this a mistake or did they originally miscalculate the amount? Should I contact them to pay me the difference for all the previous weeks?
My payment amount still shows $182 (which I initially thought was low)

They originally started by putting most PUA applicants on the minimum $182 rate, and are now adjusting rates based on verified income and proof provided.

You should see your "Weekly Benefit Amount" on the payment history chart change to $353 amount soon. (Is this what you mean in the quote below?)
My payment amount still shows $182 (which I initially thought was low)
You'll also get a Monetary Benefit Determination Letter explaining how they calculated this rate.

They'll give you the difference for the past weeks as well- as soon as they get around to it.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1483 on: June 01, 2020, 01:10:09 PM »
They originally started by putting most PUA applicants on the minimum $182 rate, and are now adjusting rates based on verified income and proof provided.

You should see your "Weekly Benefit Amount" on the payment history chart change to $353 amount soon. (Is this what you mean in the quote below?)You'll also get a Monetary Benefit Determination Letter explaining how they calculated this rate.

They'll give you the difference for the past weeks as well- as soon as they get around to it.

Thank you! They never contacted me to verify income. Should I reach out to them to get it done or do you suggest me waiting for it to get done by them?

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« Reply #1484 on: June 01, 2020, 01:29:22 PM »
Thank you! They never contacted me to verify income. Should I reach out to them to get it done or do you suggest me waiting for it to get done by them?

Did you file a 2019 return with a 1099/Schedule C, F, SE or K? Or did you upload any supporting documentation when completing your PUA app? If one of these are true they verified your income to get that $353 rate.