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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 You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.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:
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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 #140 on: April 23, 2020, 10:05:09 PM »
If they qualify for partial unemployment, they qualify.
I think we can use a Wiki. I must have said that any unemployment qualifies for the $600 at least 15 times by now...

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #141 on: April 23, 2020, 10:15:15 PM »
When Checking the status in NJ it shows
Claim status: filed
Date of claim 3/29
Rate: $0
Didnít get any other follow up email or mail as it says you usually do.
How long usually does it take for it to arrive, and what other verification info would they require.

 

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #142 on: April 23, 2020, 10:59:31 PM »
When Checking the status in NJ it shows
Claim status: filed
Date of claim 3/29
Rate: $0
Didnít get any other follow up email or mail as it says you usually do.
How long usually does it take for it to arrive, and what other verification info would they require.
Are you supposed to be eligible for PUA instead of regular unemployment? I'm hearing that in NJ, those who are supposed to be on PUA are receiving a $0 benefit determination, with no word (yet) on how to proceed.

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« Reply #143 on: April 23, 2020, 11:06:50 PM »
Are you supposed to be eligible for PUA instead of regular unemployment? I'm hearing that in NJ, those who are supposed to be on PUA are receiving a $0 benefit determination, with no word (yet) on how to proceed.
Yup.
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Dear Claimant:
 
We are pleased to inform you we have completed an automated review of your New Jersey Unemployment Insurance claim. You no longer need to speak with an agent.  The status of your claim has changed. Please go online and check the status of your unemployment insurance claim here.
 
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS/FREELANCERS/GIG WORKER/SELF-EMPLOYED WHO WERE DENIED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:
 
The regular unemployment insurance program was not designed to provide unemployment insurance coverage for this category of work. However, if you are an independent contractor/freelancer/gig worker/self-employed who was determined to be ineligible for regular unemployment insurance  (the Weekly Benefit Rate on your claim status will read $0), you may be eligible for other recently created federal benefits, such as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
 
Please visit our website -- nj.gov/labor -- for more information on how to qualify for federal benefits under the CARES Act.  At this time, you do not have to do anything further. The Division of Unemployment Insurance will notify you when PUA is ready to be implemented.  We are working with other states and the federal government to implement this new benefit program as fast as possible for the residents of New Jersey.
 
If you  are eligible for PUA, you will receive retroactive unemployment benefits for the PUA program to Feb. 2, 2020, or whenever your business was impacted by COVID-19.
 
Further, anyone who is eligible for PUA is also eligible for a $600 weekly supplement (starting the week of March 29th) and for a 13-week extension of benefits beyond the normal 26 weeks. You do not have to do anything further. You will receive these supplemental benefits once the PUA process is complete.
 
IF YOU WERE DEEMED ELIGIBLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:

If the Weekly Benefit Rate on your claim status contains a dollar figure other than $0, the next step is to certify for your weekly benefits at MyUnemployment.nj.gov. Though this process may be new to you, it is easily explained here.
 
Thank you for your understanding as the Division on Unemployment Insurance continues to address this historic volume of claims due to this ongoing public health emergency.
 
 Sincerely,
 
Division of Unemployment Insurance

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #144 on: April 23, 2020, 11:29:44 PM »
Yup.
It's very tough.
Out of work for over a month but since self-employed no benefits have come yet. (NJ)

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #145 on: April 23, 2020, 11:31:39 PM »
Can someone wikify the process for NY/NJ? Having a difficult time understanding it.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #146 on: April 24, 2020, 12:05:45 AM »
Anyone get PUA already? I applied for UI a few weeks ago. Got a $0.00 DD into my account about 4 weeks ago and nothing since. They notified me that I was ineligible as expected because I'm self-employed and instructed me to fill out PUA form, which I did a week ago. Havent heard anything since.

I applied for regular unemployment at the beginning of April expecting to be denied so that I can apply for PUA. Yesterday the site was updated and shows that I was approved. Not sure how/why

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #147 on: April 24, 2020, 12:08:30 AM »
Can someone wikify the process for NY/NJ? Having a difficult time understanding it.

I think this is the new (consolidated) system for NY. Unemployment.Labor.NY.GOV

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« Reply #148 on: April 24, 2020, 12:09:51 AM »
I applied for regular unemployment at the beginning of April expecting to be denied so that I can apply for PUA. Yesterday the site was updated and shows that I was approved. Not sure how/why
I thought I was approved and got $0 then 2 weeks in they said fill out PUA form.
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #149 on: April 24, 2020, 12:14:21 AM »
I thought I was approved and got $0 then 2 weeks in they said fill out PUA form.

The site already shows my benefit amount for the first 2 weeks (and shows the $600 for each week). It says the DD was released and  will take 3 days to show up in my account.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #150 on: April 24, 2020, 12:15:53 AM »
I thought I was approved and got $0 then 2 weeks in they said fill out PUA form.
How were you told to fill out a PUA form - email, phone?
I only received the above-quoted email saying to just wait.

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« Reply #151 on: April 24, 2020, 12:16:34 AM »
I applied for regular unemployment at the beginning of April expecting to be denied so that I can apply for PUA. Yesterday the site was updated and shows that I was approved. Not sure how/why
Did you have W2 income in 2019 even though you were self-employed after? Seen this where they had previous wages in the system and just went by that.

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« Reply #152 on: April 24, 2020, 12:17:24 AM »
How were you told to fill out a PUA form - email, phone?
I only received the above-quoted email saying to just wait.
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« Reply #153 on: April 24, 2020, 12:19:40 AM »
Did you have W2 income in 2019 even though you were self-employed after? Seen this where they had previous wages in the system and just went by that.
I actually had W2 from 2018 and it asked me if I was claiming against that company. If you checked the wrong employer maybe thats what happened.
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« Reply #154 on: April 24, 2020, 12:27:10 AM »
I actually had W2 from 2018 and it asked me if I was claiming against that company. If you checked the wrong employer maybe thats what happened.
Based on the application instructions, you are supposed to select all employers from the last 18 months. Most of 2018 would be too far back, but if you had a 2019 employer it's definitely possible.

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« Reply #155 on: April 24, 2020, 12:31:20 AM »
Based on the application instructions, you are supposed to select all employers from the last 18 months. Most of 2018 would be too far back, but if you had a 2019 employer it's definitely possible.

I missed that I guess. I left that place in December  2018. The guy didnt pay his Workers Comp and other Labor Dept expenses. They have a judgment against the company so doubt it would make a difference.
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #156 on: April 24, 2020, 12:35:15 AM »
Anyone got the additional $600 in NJ yet?

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« Reply #157 on: April 24, 2020, 12:39:49 AM »

I missed that I guess. I left that place in December  2018. The guy didnt pay his Workers Comp and other Labor Dept expenses. They have a judgment against the company so doubt it would make a difference.
That far back they would probably want you to go on PUA and declare your own income anyway.
I understand that in peace-time it makes sense to go 18 months back, but now with PUA it's just annoying and complicates things.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #158 on: April 24, 2020, 12:40:35 AM »
Anyone got the additional $600 in NJ yet?
i know someone in NJ getting.  but he was a w2 employee getting regular as well
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« Reply #159 on: April 24, 2020, 12:41:58 AM »

Thanks. Regular DD came a couple of days ago, no sign of the extra $600 yet.