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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 You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.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.
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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.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2020, 05:06:18 PM »
Is someone eligible for UI/PUA in NY if they are partially employed (only a few hours a week) and paid in cash?
Not sure what you mean by "paid in cash", but in NY you must have earned at least $2,400 per quarter in 2019 or $2,600 in 2020 to be eligible. They can use different periods to establish your base rate so it's open for discussion and can be worked out with them, but this is the basics.

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« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2020, 05:10:29 PM »
Not sure what you mean by "paid in cash", but in NY you must have earned at least $2,400 per quarter in 2019 or $2,600 in 2020 to be eligible.

This is helpful information, is it true for PUA as well? The individual doesnít earn much but $600 x 10+ weeks sounds very appealing.
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« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2020, 05:19:33 PM »
This is helpful information, is it true for PUA as well? The individual doesnít earn much but $600 x 10+ weeks sounds very appealing.
Again, the $600 is for anyone on any sort of state approved unemployment.

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« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2020, 05:21:08 PM »
Again, the $600 is for anyone on any sort of state approved unemployment.

My understanding is that PUA has other provisions, like covering independent contractors, people who worked less than the period of time required for standard UI etc. Iím asking if thereís anything in PUA relevant to my question.
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« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2020, 05:27:18 PM »
My understanding is that PUA has other provisions, like covering independent contractors, people who worked less than the period of time required for standard UI etc. Iím asking if thereís anything in PUA relevant to my question.
That's PUA. The additional $600 is the FPUC program, and is for all unemployment recipients, regardless if they're on PUA, standard unemployment, extended unemployment, partial unemployment, etc

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2020, 06:38:51 PM »
Is someone eligible for UI/PUA in NY if they are partially employed (only a few hours a week) and paid in cash?

Do you mean they lost a job that was only a few hours a week, or that they are now only working a few hours a week?

If the first, then 1 - Can they document that income and 2 - will they get in trouble for not having reported the income until now?

If the latter, for each day they work 25% of the based unemployment amount will be deducted, but they will get the full $600.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2020, 09:31:36 PM »
My DW got approved and received her first weeks pay for unemployment but today her work called and offered her to work an hour a day and would end up receiving less than her unemployment amount from this 4 hour a week job If she accepts this job will she lose her unemployment? Also if she refuses the job does she lose her unemployment for denying a job?

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« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2020, 09:35:36 PM »
Do you mean they lost a job that was only a few hours a week, or that they are now only working a few hours a week?

If the first, then 1 - Can they document that income and 2 - will they get in trouble for not having reported the income until now?

If the latter, for each day they work 25% of the based unemployment amount will be deducted, but they will get the full $600.

They arenít working at all. Not sure if they can document the income in the pay stub sense, but there was legitimate work and income in case theyíre accused of fraudulently filing.
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« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2020, 09:35:49 PM »
My DW got approved and received her first weeks pay for unemployment but today her work called and offered her to work an hour a day and would end up receiving less than her unemployment amount from this 4 hour a week job If she accepts this job will she lose her unemployment? Also if she refuses the job does she lose her unemployment for denying a job?
If she was a FT employee before this, working 3 days or less and earning $504 or less in NY will still allow her to be eligible on a prorated basis (25% reduction for each day worked).
Shell receive the supplemental $600 for every week that her claim is approved.

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« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2020, 09:36:49 PM »
They arenít working at all. Not sure if they can document the income in the pay stub sense, but there was legitimate work and income in case theyíre accused of fraudulently filing.
If it's not W2 then going the PUA route and declaring as self-employed/gig income is probably best.

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« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2020, 09:38:39 PM »
If it's not W2 then going the PUA route and declaring as self-employed/gig income is probably best.

Is PUA also subject to the $2,400-2,600/quarter minimum quoted above?

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« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2020, 09:48:30 PM »
Is PUA also subject to the $2,400-2,600/quarter minimum quoted above?

Thanks all for your help.
Couldn't find that info anywhere. I suggest they apply, as long as you're honest it can't hurt.

Let us know if they get approved.

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« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2020, 09:51:36 PM »
If she was a FT employee before this, working 3 days or less and earning $504 or less in NY will still allow her to be eligible on a prorated basis (25% reduction for each day worked).
Shell receive the supplemental $600 for every week that her claim is approved.
Is it confirmed that the supplemental $600 is not prorated? Any unemployment money from the state is accompanied by an automatic $600?
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« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2020, 09:54:45 PM »
Is it confirmed that the supplemental $600 is not prorated? Any unemployment money from the state is accompanied by an automatic $600?
Yes, confirmed.
$600 is a flat rate regardless.

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« Reply #29 on: April 20, 2020, 09:57:14 PM »
Couldn't find that info anywhere. I suggest they apply, as long as you're honest it can't hurt.

Let us know if they get approved.
I wouldn't be surprised if they're approving without minimum income, because remember the PUA includes a provision that anyone who landed a job pre-coronavirus and was unable to start is also eligible. This includes new entrants to the workforce who have zero employment history or income.