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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 You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.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 #680 on: May 11, 2020, 09:19:22 PM »
I was in the midst of starting a business and about to start advertising when the pandemic started,  Is there anyway for me to claim unemployment? I did sell a few products before and did make a couple of hundred dollars between jan and april. I was not planning to file taxes on that income because this venture looks like it may get pushed off for the long while. How would I go about proving my income amount what would be sufficent?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #681 on: May 11, 2020, 09:53:03 PM »
I was in the midst of starting a business and about to start advertising when the pandemic started,  Is there anyway for me to claim unemployment? I did sell a few products before and did make a couple of hundred dollars between jan and april. I was not planning to file taxes on that income because this venture looks like it may get pushed off for the long while. How would I go about proving my income amount what would be sufficent?

You should file because you're legally entitled to it. I suggest you submit a business plan with a P&L of the sales you've made so far. Chances are you'll recieve the PUA minimum but that will be supplemented by the $600/weekly.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #683 on: May 12, 2020, 09:48:05 AM »
Not Whenever you want, there are also some restrictions.
But a lot more flexible than online.

can you certify by phone in NJ? I thought message said it has to be online now?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #684 on: May 12, 2020, 11:06:00 AM »
can you certify by phone in NJ? I thought message said it has to be online now?
You can only certify by phone if you're eligible for reg unemployment. If you're only eligible for PUA then it has to be done online

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #685 on: May 12, 2020, 11:46:15 AM »
You can only certify by phone if you're eligible for reg unemployment. If you're only eligible for PUA then it has to be done online

so if one missed their slot online this week they can call and re-certify for reg unemployment?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #686 on: May 12, 2020, 12:15:40 PM »
so if one missed their slot online this week they can call and re-certify for reg unemployment?
I believe so. Not 100% sure. Why don't you try? It's an automated system

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« Reply #687 on: May 12, 2020, 12:46:13 PM »
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« Reply #688 on: May 12, 2020, 01:09:36 PM »
Thank you @cgr for all your efforts on behalf of everyone here. If anyone would like to show him appreciation, click here:

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@Iz thanks! I created that mainly to prevent burnout...
And just to correct your grammar the correct pronoun here is her/she, not him/he ;)

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #689 on: May 12, 2020, 01:35:19 PM »
@Iz thanks! I created that mainly to prevent burnout...
And just to correct your grammar the correct pronoun here is her/she, not him/he ;)
On DDF we always assume him/he until proven otherwise  ;)

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #690 on: May 12, 2020, 01:52:39 PM »
Does her/she deal with NJ Unemployment, NYor both

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #691 on: May 12, 2020, 02:02:22 PM »
I just got single $600 FPUC today, PUA claim is still pending. Original filing was 4/1 and called multiple state representative offices requesting callback, lots of promises but still waiting.

ETA: Online payment history still shows pending and no payment records.
Interesting.
A friend of mine filed on 03/19, he got a $600 DD on 04/24, and again today. the payment history still shows pending and no payment records.
He finally got an email from the DOL that "Thank you for your patience. We have determined that your claim can now be paid."
His online account changed from pending to having his benefit Amount, but still no payment info on the backdated weeks.
If it benefits even just one fellow DDFer, its worth posting it.

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« Reply #692 on: May 12, 2020, 02:16:19 PM »
He finally got an email from the DOL that "Thank you for your patience. We have determined that your claim can now be paid."
His online account changed from pending to having his benefit Amount, but still no payment info on the backdated weeks.

In NY they're only starting to roll out the system to file backdated claims now. He needs to wait for an email from them with instructions on how to certify for backpay. In the meantime he should definitely continue certifying for upcoming weeks.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #693 on: May 12, 2020, 02:17:11 PM »
Does her/she deal with NJ Unemployment, NYor both

I'm a lot more knowledgeable about the NY system although I can answer basic legal and requirement questions for NJ.

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« Reply #694 on: May 12, 2020, 02:20:15 PM »
@Iz thanks! I created that mainly to prevent burnout...
And just to correct your grammar the correct pronoun here is her/she, not him/he ;)
Corrected.
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« Reply #695 on: May 12, 2020, 02:21:00 PM »
In NY they're only starting to roll out the system to file backdated claims now. He needs to wait for an email from them with instructions on how to certify for backpay. In the meantime he should definitely continue certifying for upcoming weeks.
Do you know what the email subject line is?
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« Reply #696 on: May 12, 2020, 02:40:10 PM »
Do you know what the email subject line is?

They started with this:



And now they're starting to get back to people for actual certifications. Haven't seen that email personally yet but I've heard of some who got it.

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« Reply #697 on: May 12, 2020, 02:47:59 PM »
They started with this:



And now they're starting to get back to people for actual certifications. Haven't seen that email personally yet but I've heard of some who got it.
TY
Haven't gotten either yet.
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #698 on: May 12, 2020, 03:59:16 PM »
Self-employed. NJ.

Someone collecting unemployment but then has a baby, what should she do?

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« Reply #699 on: May 12, 2020, 04:03:01 PM »
Self-employed. NJ.

Someone collecting unemployment but then has a baby, what should she do?

She shouldn't certify until she considers herself "ready, willing, and able to work". (that's up to her of course... especially now with most having the ability to telework)