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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 You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.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 #3810 on: March 01, 2021, 10:01:55 AM »
I just received back pay in NJ for the first 10 weeks. However, I only received the state portion, not the federal portion. Is there something else that I need to do to get that or do I just have to wait - and if so, anyone have any idea how long?
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« Reply #3811 on: March 01, 2021, 10:16:22 AM »
I just received back pay in NJ for the first 10 weeks. However, I only received the state portion, not the federal portion. Is there something else that I need to do to get that or do I just have to wait - and if so, anyone have any idea how long?

What steps did you take to get the backpay?

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« Reply #3812 on: March 01, 2021, 10:39:32 AM »
What steps did you take to get the backpay?

Called many times, got through and spoke to people a few times. Each time was told that we would hear back from them within 4 weeks. Never happened until last month when they called back and asked for some more information and then told me to look out for an email which will allow me to certify for the missed weeks. I finally got that email around 2 weeks later.
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« Reply #3813 on: March 01, 2021, 12:03:46 PM »
Called many times, got through and spoke to people a few times. Each time was told that we would hear back from them within 4 weeks. Never happened until last month when they called back and asked for some more information and then told me to look out for an email which will allow me to certify for the missed weeks. I finally got that email around 2 weeks later.
which phone number?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3814 on: March 02, 2021, 04:53:03 PM »
Is it possible to receive PUA & FPUC in NY?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3815 on: March 02, 2021, 04:53:48 PM »
Is it possible to receive PUA & FPUC in NY?
Always.
All PUA, UI, and PEUC payments that are for a week that FPUC was in effect get FPUC.

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« Reply #3816 on: March 02, 2021, 04:59:00 PM »
Always.
All PUA, UI, and PEUC payments that are for a week that FPUC was in effect get FPUC.

So, in effect ur getting $300 x 2 plus UI from NYS per week?

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« Reply #3817 on: March 02, 2021, 05:26:51 PM »
So, in effect ur getting $300 x 2 plus UI from NYS per week?
Why X2?

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« Reply #3818 on: March 02, 2021, 05:32:49 PM »
FPUC & PUA

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3819 on: March 02, 2021, 05:57:53 PM »
FPUC & PUA
You can only get either UI or PUA.
PUA is $182/week.
UI is based on previous wages and ranges from $104 to $504/week.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3820 on: March 02, 2021, 11:26:32 PM »
I don't know if this was discussed here previously, but an accountant told me tonight that they are expecting the Biden Administration/IRS to announce that the first $10k of unemployment benefits is NOT taxable, which will lead to a flood of people amending their tax returns and thus getting extra refunds.

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« Reply #3821 on: March 02, 2021, 11:33:00 PM »
I don't know if this was discussed here previously, but an accountant told me tonight that they are expecting the Biden Administration/IRS to announce that the first $10k of unemployment benefits is NOT taxable, which will lead to a flood of people amending their tax returns and thus getting extra refunds.
It was one of the pieces floated to be included in the American Rescue Plan, but it didn't make it into the final version.

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« Reply #3822 on: March 03, 2021, 03:21:23 PM »

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3823 on: March 03, 2021, 06:26:54 PM »
Made a mistake in reported wages. How do I communicate this to NJ?

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« Reply #3824 on: March 05, 2021, 11:43:16 AM »
Senate is amending the 1.9T bill to extend FPUC through October at $300/week, and make the first $10,200 in unemployment payments tax free for 2020.