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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 You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.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 #210 on: April 26, 2020, 11:56:40 AM »
Apparently itís only 10-20 states that have figured out the $600 and PUA, donít remember where I read this.

Some of these UI mainframe systems are build on COBOL which is older than most of the people claiming benefits :D
Well, I'm supposed to be getting 2/3 of my weekly income from the State + $600 a week from Federal.
So far, haven't received a penny.
It's been 5 1/2 weeks.
Not so simple financially.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #211 on: April 26, 2020, 11:57:18 AM »
Are people who have lost their job applying for SNAP benefits? If so, how would it work if you qualify for SNAP due to current (lack of) income but in a month, unemployment may kick in and will also be backdated...?
Wondering it the UI counts as income for programs as these. CARES Act clearly states that the additional $600 won't count as income towards Medicaid and CHIP eligibility, but haven't seen anything about other programs. Safe to assume it does count? Regarding Medicaid is it possible to be on for a month or two (assuming you can start a new plan after being kicked off)? Do they look at monthly income or annual?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #212 on: April 26, 2020, 11:58:35 AM »
Curious why you recertified, they write not do do anything until they figure out how to process it.
I was afraid if I don't re-certify they may later deny me for these weeks.
Anyways, their site was down this morning.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #213 on: April 26, 2020, 11:59:50 AM »
Well, I'm supposed to be getting 2/3 of my weekly income from the State + $600 a week from Federal.
So far, haven't received a penny.
It's been 5 1/2 weeks.
Not so simple financially.

Every week these funds are delayed could cause the economic recovery to be delayed by multiple weeks.
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #214 on: April 26, 2020, 12:01:42 PM »
Wondering it the UI counts as income for programs as these. CARES Act clearly states that the additional $600 won't count as income towards Medicaid and CHIP eligibility, but haven't seen anything about other programs. Safe to assume it does count? Regarding Medicaid is it possible to be on for a month or two (assuming you can start a new plan after being kicked off)? Do they look at monthly income or annual?

If UI is your current income youíre probably income-eligible for SNAP. The max for UI isnít that high, especially for married people with children (who can have a higher income and still be eligible for SNAP).
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #215 on: April 26, 2020, 12:07:18 PM »
If UI is your current income youíre probably income-eligible for SNAP. The max for UI isnít that high, especially for married people with children (who can have a higher income and still be eligible for SNAP).
Since I'm helping a diverse population of people- single, married, childless, etc was wondering about the actual rule if it counts or not. SNAP office phones seem just as bad as the DOL, and I have a feeling even if I get through they won't necessarily know. (Like when I called the PFL office to ask about the new rules, and the agent had to call her supervisor with my questions and his response was "I'm sorry, we don't know the rules".)

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« Reply #216 on: April 26, 2020, 12:11:11 PM »
Since I'm helping a diverse population of people- single, married, childless, etc was wondering about the actual rule if it counts or not. SNAP office phones seem just as bad as the DOL, and I have a feeling even if I get through they won't necessarily know. (Like when I called the PFL office to ask about the new rules, and the agent had to call her supervisor with my questions and his response was "I'm sorry, we don't know the rules".)

Apply for snap before you get unemployment, by the time you need to recertify things will hopefully be better 
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #217 on: April 26, 2020, 12:26:52 PM »
Since I'm helping a diverse population of people- single, married, childless, etc was wondering about the actual rule if it counts or not. SNAP office phones seem just as bad as the DOL, and I have a feeling even if I get through they won't necessarily know. (Like when I called the PFL office to ask about the new rules, and the agent had to call her supervisor with my questions and his response was "I'm sorry, we don't know the rules".)

FYI, in NY they increased the SNAP benefits for March and April to the Maximum Monthly Benefit Amount. Not sure how it will work for people who apply now.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #219 on: April 27, 2020, 11:17:59 AM »
i applied in nj around 3 weeks ago, and still show pending. every week i get an email explaining how to recertify every week. am i supposed to be answering those questions every week if i was never even approved yet?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #220 on: April 27, 2020, 11:19:37 AM »
i applied in nj around 3 weeks ago, and still show pending. every week i get an email explaining how to recertify every week. am i supposed to be answering those questions every week if i was never even approved yet?

I would reply. Atleast in NY it can take up to 3 weeks and once approved youll get a few worth

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« Reply #221 on: April 27, 2020, 11:21:04 AM »
i applied in nj around 3 weeks ago, and still show pending. every week i get an email explaining how to recertify every week. am i supposed to be answering those questions every week if i was never even approved yet?
Dont know about NJ but in NY you need to certify every week. When they approve you should get for all weeks. Doesnt really work that way with the $600 AFAIK
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #222 on: April 27, 2020, 11:22:06 AM »
Dont know about NJ but in NY you need to certify every week. When they approve you should get for all weeks. Doesnt really work that way with the $600 AFAIK
600$ is not retroactive?
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« Reply #223 on: April 27, 2020, 11:23:17 AM »
600$ is not retroactive?
I applied a month ago. Got declined last week and got 1 $600 payment last week with no info. So I dont know if it is or isnt.
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« Reply #224 on: April 27, 2020, 11:25:12 AM »
600$ is not retroactive?
It is. You might need to request if they don't do automatically. It's for all claims between 3/28 and 7/31, regardless if you certified those claims on time, or put in a request to certify after the fact.