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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 You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.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 #1530 on: June 03, 2020, 03:31:16 PM »
She is self-employed.
I didn't think the CARES act covered maternity, disability or lack of childcare for self-employed.

Doesn't cover maternity or disability, but definitely covers lack of childcare for self-employed, hence me wondering about the truthfulness in certifying that there's no childcare available when maternity leave is also a factor.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1531 on: June 03, 2020, 04:59:55 PM »
Just spoke to a friend who is really struggling.
Location: NY
Was a self employed tutor but has a 45min Rebbe job that pays $600 per month, W2 that is still paying (School got PPP)
Q:
1. Is he eligible as is?
2. If there is a limit on working days per week, can he get paid for one day per week and volunteer for the rest?

Any other advice or ideas are appreciated.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1532 on: June 03, 2020, 05:10:37 PM »
Just spoke to a friend who is really struggling.
Location: NY
Was a self employed tutor but has a 45min Rebbe job that pays $600 per month, W2 that is still paying (School got PPP)
Q:
1. Is he eligible as is?
2. If there is a limit on working days per week, can he get paid for one day per week and volunteer for the rest?

Any other advice or ideas are appreciated.

How many days per week does he work? In NY the limit is 3 days. 4 days makes you ineligible regardless of how little you earn.

According to this link from the DOL, volunteering usually disqualifies you from UI because it is considered work unless you meet a specific set of criteria: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/claimantinfo/onceyouhaveappliedfaq.shtm#12

But there are also some interesting cases where they allowed volunteers to collect benefits even if they did not meet the above rules (although I wouldn't knowingly go into a such a situation, as your ruling at appeals is not guaranteed)  https://labor.ny.gov/ui/aso/pdf/A-750-2152.pdf

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1533 on: June 03, 2020, 05:17:35 PM »
How many days per week does he work? In NY the limit is 3 days. 4 days makes you ineligible regardless of how little you earn.

According to this link from the DOL, volunteering usually disqualifies you from UI because it is considered work unless you meet a specific set of criteria: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/claimantinfo/onceyouhaveappliedfaq.shtm#12

But there are also some interesting cases where they allowed volunteers to collect benefits even if they did not meet the above rules (although I wouldn't knowingly go into a such a situation, as your ruling at appeals is not guaranteed)  https://labor.ny.gov/ui/aso/pdf/A-750-2152.pdf
Ty. Q: If he was hired to manage and teach a class and now is instead doing a phone conference class (different type of work, not specified in his contract), will that make a difference?
Also, if he is getting paid (though PPP) but not actually working, would he qualify?
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1534 on: June 03, 2020, 05:35:57 PM »
Ty. Q: If he was hired to manage and teach a class and now is instead doing a phone conference class (different type of work, not specified in his contract), will that make a difference?
Also, if he is getting paid (though PPP) but not actually working, would he qualify?

The type of work won't matter here.
If he is getting paid but not working, he'll be eligible if he's earning less than $504 weekly.

To recap: in NY you are eligible for partial UI if you are working 3 days or less/week and earning less than $504/week.
Both must be true.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1535 on: June 03, 2020, 05:48:27 PM »


The type of work won't matter here.
If he is getting paid but not working, he'll be eligible if he's earning less than $504 weekly.

To recap: in NY you are eligible for partial UI if you are working 3 days or less/week and earning less than $504/week.
Both must be true.

At what point do you lose the 600 PUA? I noticed I didnt claim for one day and lost 25% of my UI but not of my 600 PUA
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1536 on: June 03, 2020, 06:15:24 PM »

At what point do you lose the 600 PUA? I noticed I didnt claim for one day and lost 25% of my UI but not of my 600 PUA

As long as you receive at least $1 in UI income, you receive the $600 FPUC.

In other words:
Valid claim of any kind= $600 FPUC payment
No valid claim for that week= no payment at all

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1537 on: June 03, 2020, 07:45:39 PM »
Doesn't cover maternity or disability, but definitely covers lack of childcare for self-employed, hence me wondering about the truthfulness in certifying that there's no childcare available when maternity leave is also a factor.
But you need to be ready and willing to accept any job offer.. SO....

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1538 on: June 03, 2020, 07:58:49 PM »
But you need to be ready and willing to accept any job offer.. SO....

If you're caring for kids at home you're exempt from work search requirements.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1539 on: June 03, 2020, 08:01:07 PM »
If you're caring for kids at home you're exempt from work search requirements.
Either way I think that was waived, at least in NY
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1540 on: June 04, 2020, 12:00:46 PM »
Doesn't cover maternity or disability, but definitely covers lack of childcare for self-employed, hence me wondering about the truthfulness in certifying that there's no childcare available when maternity leave is also a factor.
Ok, I clarified with her.
For the question of are you not working due to children being home she answered yes (since even without having the baby she couldn't work due to her kids being home).
And for the question of are you looking for work she answered no (due to having a baby).
Is that how she should be answering?
And would that explain why she still received benefits?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1541 on: June 04, 2020, 12:36:19 PM »
Do the $600 pua payments start from beginning of April?
Thanx in advance.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1542 on: June 04, 2020, 12:46:00 PM »
Do the $600 pua payments start from beginning of April?
Thanx in advance.

Should start from the last week in March.

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« Reply #1543 on: June 04, 2020, 12:50:05 PM »
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1544 on: June 04, 2020, 02:40:35 PM »
State: NY

How is self employment income calculated for PUA? Is it based entirely off 2019 or does the amount earned in 2020 Jan-March play a factor? Is a profit and loss statement needed?

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