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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 You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.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 #1020 on: May 18, 2020, 05:08:06 PM »
just got the callback, that I am approved for PUA. Agent didn't know how much I'm getting.
Will I also get the $600 on top of the reg PUA?
Yes
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1021 on: May 18, 2020, 05:11:42 PM »
did you do the reg ui application too, or only the pua?
agent told me that since they don't have a W2 of me (I worked on a 1099) I am not eligible for reg UI.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1022 on: May 18, 2020, 05:13:11 PM »
agent told me that since they don't have a W2 of me (I worked on a 1099) I am not eligible for reg UI.
from what i understood you only did the pua application. what happened after that?
did you call in? did they call you? did you also file the reg ui?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1023 on: May 18, 2020, 05:16:33 PM »
I understand that UI & FPUC are taxable.

Are they considered regular income, i.e. will they be included in MAGI?  [Or are they somewhere esle on the tax return?]

It's considered unearned income, meaning you pay Fed, State, and Local taxes, but no FICA.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1024 on: May 18, 2020, 05:17:15 PM »
Received call today from DOL, was then forwarded to the automated telephone filing line for pua, when asked what my net gross income was for 2019, I don't have the option to select 0 and the system won't allow me to proceed. Just hangs up. anyone have this issue? (Ny)

Did you get an email/online form as well?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1025 on: May 18, 2020, 05:17:39 PM »
from what i understood you only did the pua application. what happened after that?
did you call in? did they call you? did you also file the reg ui?
I filed for UI but the system automatically saw that I'm not eligible for it, as CGR replied up_thread.

I kept calling in, till today it just said long wait times and got cut off. Today it said, estimated waiting time is 45 minutes, after a few minutes waiting, there was an option for a callback, so did that, and got the call half hour later.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1026 on: May 18, 2020, 05:18:46 PM »
did you do the reg ui application too, or only the pua?

I'd like to reiterate this point again for NY: EVERYONE applies through https://unemployment.labor.ny.gov/login (unless you applied early April or earlier). If for some reason that doesn't give them enough information. They reach out for more.
There is no separate UI vs PUA application, there are only additional PUA questions.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1027 on: May 18, 2020, 05:20:24 PM »
Did you get an email/online form as well?
not yet
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1028 on: May 18, 2020, 05:22:22 PM »
I'd like to reiterate this point again for NY: EVERYONE applies through https://unemployment.labor.ny.gov/login (unless you applied early April or earlier). If for some reason that doesn't give them enough information. They reach out for more.
There is no separate UI vs PUA application, there are only additional PUA questions.
People have a better experience when applying thru the old system. (i.e. getting a immediate approval)
Is there any downside from applying that way?
If it benefits even just one fellow DDFer, its worth posting it.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1029 on: May 18, 2020, 05:22:49 PM »
not yet

I guess wait for it? The other alternative is to get a live person on the phone so...

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1030 on: May 18, 2020, 05:26:13 PM »
People have a better experience when applying thru the old system. (i.e. getting a immediate approval)
Is there any downside from applying that way?

In my experience if you have at least the minimum W2 wages you get immediate approval, and if you don't they dump you in the backlog pile.
If they have W2 wages feel free to use the old system but if they're going for PUA- go with the new one. That has some PUA questions already in it so you don't have to wait for those additional questions, only for the additional additional questions. (I know, I know ::) ::))

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1031 on: May 18, 2020, 05:26:20 PM »
When posting in this thread please include which state you filed in. it is becoming a big mumble jumble

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1032 on: May 18, 2020, 05:29:21 PM »
When posting in this thread please include which state you filed in. it is becoming a big mumble jumble
In hindsight, there probably should've been two (or more) threads, split up by state. It's far too late now, unless you make break-off threads that pick up from here. It will be too complicated to actually split this thread up, unless @Dan gives @cgr mod-power and she does it.
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #1033 on: May 18, 2020, 05:29:39 PM »
I guess wait for it? The other alternative is to get a live person on the phone so...
I'm able to get a rep on the phone, however they can't help/are clueless how to enter 0, one rep told me it includes the year 2020 ,she told me to enter any amount :-\
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« Reply #1034 on: May 18, 2020, 05:34:07 PM »
In my experience if you have at least the minimum W2 wages you get immediate approval, and if you don't they dump you in the backlog pile.
If they have W2 wages feel free to use the old system but if they're going for PUA- go with the new one. That has some PUA questions already in it so you don't have to wait for those additional questions, only for the additional additional questions. (I know, I know ::) ::))
Did you see immediate approvals thru the new application?
IME with those who are eligible thru the reg UI, it was easier to apply thru the old application and get the immediate approval then to use the new application and be placed in the backlog.
those who are only eligible thru PUA, i agree that they wont gain from the old application.

(we are talking about NY)
If it benefits even just one fellow DDFer, its worth posting it.