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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 You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.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 #810 on: May 14, 2020, 02:56:58 PM »
I think she went from dol website and accidentally applied for pua instead of standard UI.
She is a regular employee that should have applied for UI.

Should I just tell her to fill out the 10 step application for UI?
Thanks again.

I don't think that's possible as there isn't a PUA link out there to apply to.

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« Reply #811 on: May 14, 2020, 03:00:10 PM »
I don't think that's possible as there isn't a PUA link out there to apply to.
I also applied, and when I was done I noticed it was PUA.
 "Thank you for submitting your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim with the New York State Department of Labor.
 If necessary, a Department of Labor representative will contact you to complete your claim. You do not need to contact the Department of Labor we will contact you at the number that is listed on your claim. To confirm that the caller is from the Department of Labor, the representative will verify the date you filed your claim."

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #812 on: May 14, 2020, 03:03:47 PM »
I apologize if this was asked before; if yes, maybe somebody can direct me to the correct post.
I was out of work from mid-March until late April. Recently started working again for about 2 hours a day 3-4 times a week.
Anyone know if i qualify? Also, where can i contact DOL to get backpay for the 6 weeks I was home? Does that time qualify?

Assuming NY
If you worked FT til mid-March you should qualify:

Definitely mid-March until late April. When you file a claim be sure to enter that date in mid-March as your last day worked so that you can file retroactively for all weeks. They'll contact you after your claim is filed for retroactive claims.

For partial work from late April you will only qualify for the weeks where you earned less than $504 and worked 3 days or less. For every day you work your benefit rate gets cut by 25%, but the $600 supplemental remains a flat rate.
If you're eligible for some weeks only based on the above, certify a) either for those weeks only or b) for all weeks and they'll compute when you are eligible and when you're not.
Any weeks that you certify and are ineligible your Benefit Days Available won't be decreased. (Or if you're eligible for 1,2, or 3 days only you'll only receive a partial deduction instead of the usual 4 days). This means you'll be able to be on UI longer as your days and total amount available will be deducted over a longer period of time. If they extend the $600 FPUC past 7/31 you'll be a real winner (assuming you're still able to claim partial unemployment then.)

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #813 on: May 14, 2020, 03:04:34 PM »
I also applied, and when I was done I noticed it was PUA.
 "Thank you for submitting your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim with the New York State Department of Labor.
 If necessary, a Department of Labor representative will contact you to complete your claim. You do not need to contact the Department of Labor we will contact you at the number that is listed on your claim. To confirm that the caller is from the Department of Labor, the representative will verify the date you filed your claim."

I believe this is if you complete the second section after the regular UI claim section. They only look at it if you don't qualify for regular UI.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #814 on: May 14, 2020, 03:08:38 PM »
I believe this is if you complete the second section after the regular UI claim section. They only look at it if you don't qualify for regular UI.
I didn't see a second section.
but I think I dont qualify for regular UI since I didn't work for 2 quarters.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #815 on: May 14, 2020, 03:16:27 PM »
Assuming NY
If you worked FT til mid-March you should qualify:

Definitely mid-March until late April. When you file a claim be sure to enter that date in mid-March as your last day worked so that you can file retroactively for all weeks. They'll contact you after your claim is filed for retroactive claims.


I have a similar situation. I'm trying to file UI retroactive for 2 weeks, but I'm currently working (PPP).
Do I need to certify now, probably no as I'm getting paid? But how will I get the money for those back days

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #816 on: May 14, 2020, 03:30:59 PM »
I don't think that's possible as there isn't a PUA link out there to apply to.
Not sure what she did but it does look like she would be able to apply on ui site under unemployment services. It doesn't show any app status.
But from dol site it does show the exact message "ah gitten" just posted.

It was very odd when I was helping her yesterday.

I think she should just try and apply for UI.
Any issue with that?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #817 on: May 14, 2020, 03:47:49 PM »
I don't think that's possible as there isn't a PUA link out there to apply to.
I didn't see a second section.
but I think I dont qualify for regular UI since I didn't work for 2 quarters.


First I wanted to say thank you @cgr

I too didnt apply for reg ui,
On the ny.gov site i went to "get unemployment assistance" I hit file and submitted the application. at the end it said thank you for submitting your pua. i didnt need to put in any employee/income info

should i go back and file the reg ui - if i can find it?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #818 on: May 14, 2020, 03:48:12 PM »
Not sure what she did but it does look like she would be able to apply on ui site under unemployment services. It doesn't show any app status.
But from dol site it does show the exact message "ah gitten" just posted.

It was very odd when I was helping her yesterday.

I think she should just try and apply for UI.
Any issue with that?

This is the link for everyone in NY: https://unemployment.labor.ny.gov/login
If she can apply through here let her do so, but if it tells her she already did she's good.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #819 on: May 14, 2020, 03:50:00 PM »
I have a similar situation. I'm trying to file UI retroactive for 2 weeks, but I'm currently working (PPP).
Do I need to certify now, probably no as I'm getting paid? But how will I get the money for those back days

Every week that it certifies it tells you which dates it is for. If you can't certify for those dates you currently have on our certification application don't (or certify and get rejected- same thing).
They're starting to send out DocuSigns for missing certifications from weeks past, so keep an eye out on our email.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #820 on: May 14, 2020, 03:50:07 PM »
Assuming NY
If you worked FT til mid-March you should qualify:

Definitely mid-March until late April. When you file a claim be sure to enter that date in mid-March as your last day worked so that you can file retroactively for all weeks. They'll contact you after your claim is filed for retroactive claims.

For partial work from late April you will only qualify for the weeks where you earned less than $504 and worked 3 days or less. For every day you work your benefit rate gets cut by 25%, but the $600 supplemental remains a flat rate.
If you're eligible for some weeks only based on the above, certify a) either for those weeks only or b) for all weeks and they'll compute when you are eligible and when you're not.
Any weeks that you certify and are ineligible your Benefit Days Available won't be decreased. (Or if you're eligible for 1,2, or 3 days only you'll only receive a partial deduction instead of the usual 4 days). This means you'll be able to be on UI longer as your days and total amount available will be deducted over a longer period of time. If they extend the $600 FPUC past 7/31 you'll be a real winner (assuming you're still able to claim partial unemployment then.)

Thank you so much for your response. And you guessed correct for NY :)
So how do i start the initial claim? The first question is, "How many days did you work this week?" and "When was last day worked?"
Do i answer that question assuming they mean "work FULL TIME"? Because currently i am working minimal hours...

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« Reply #821 on: May 14, 2020, 03:51:53 PM »
Thank you so much for your response. And you guessed correct for NY :)
So how do i start the initial claim? The first question is, "How many days did you work this week?" and "When was last day worked?"
Do i answer that question assuming they mean "work FULL TIME"? Because currently i am working minimal hours...

Answer the first question honestly.
Last day worked enter your last FT date of employment (that date in Mid-March)

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« Reply #822 on: May 14, 2020, 03:57:50 PM »
I originally thought so, but I filed for PUA in NY and I got accepted with me stating what my net income on my last filed tax statement was, which was a tiny amount, and I got accepted.

Like how tiny?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #823 on: May 14, 2020, 04:00:14 PM »
FPUC is the $600.
PUA is self-employment UI.

PUA is retroactive to date of unemployment as far back as 2/2.
FPUC only exists from 3/29-7/31. There's no way around this unless they change the law in the new bill and extend it further.

Just like PUA won't be backdated further back than 2/2, FPUC won't be backdated to claims prior to 3/29.
Thanks for correcting my mistake.
In the meantime we have received the minimum PUA for NJ ($231) retroactive only to the date the claim was filed - instead of to the date of unemployment, and no FPUC at all. :(
Hopefully, it will come through at some point as it doesn't seem like there is anything to do at this point.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #824 on: May 14, 2020, 04:02:33 PM »
First I wanted to say thank you @cgr

I too didnt apply for reg ui,
On the ny.gov site i went to "get unemployment assistance" I hit file and submitted the application. at the end it said thank you for submitting your pua. i didnt need to put in any employee/income info

should i go back and file the reg ui - if i can find it?
This is probably what happened to my friend. @cgr