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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 You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.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

You can email @cgr at chaiplus1@gmail.com for help with any unemployment questions.


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 #2160 on: July 05, 2020, 08:43:30 AM »
Tutored for a $50 fee once in January. Is this person eligible for PUA?
Worked on a 1099 more than 18 months ago but actively seeking a job. Is this person eligible?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2161 on: July 05, 2020, 08:59:04 AM »
And what about worked on a w-2 more thn 18 month ago?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2162 on: July 05, 2020, 09:10:22 AM »
What type of help do you need? Accountants don't really do unemployment
i have a lot of little problems
1) didn't get the $600
2) didn't get backdated
3) had baby etc..

i need some who knows NJ unemployment well and is willing to talk to me and help me, willing to pay.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2163 on: July 05, 2020, 11:02:45 AM »
i have a lot of little problems
1) didn't get the $600
2) didn't get backdated
3) had baby etc..

i need some who knows NJ unemployment well and is willing to talk to me and help me, willing to pay.

thanks

For problems with backpay or not getting your money you need the unemployment office. 732-761-2021

As far as had a baby, like I said before, the LRRC has been telling people that if you usually take disability after a baby you shouldn't take unemployment. They are also saying that if you usually keep working after a baby you can keep taking unemployment. Personally, I have no idea where they came up with that. I haven't found any laws on the books saying that if you have a baby you are legally disabled.

As someone who does help people with unemployment, I'm pretty sure that neither a lawyer or an accountant can help with any of your stated problems.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2164 on: July 05, 2020, 11:04:13 AM »
i have a lot of little problems
1) didn't get the $600
2) didn't get backdated
3) had baby etc..

i need some who knows NJ unemployment well and is willing to talk to me and help me, willing to pay.

thanks

Also, if you are on PUA and trying to certify by phone you may have problems getting your money. Even though it works for some people, its not advisable since it messes up other people and its not simple to fix it

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2165 on: July 05, 2020, 11:57:49 AM »
Tutored for a $50 fee once in January. Is this person eligible for PUA?
Worked on a 1099 more than 18 months ago but actively seeking a job. Is this person eligible?
And what about worked on a w-2 more thn 18 month ago?

1) should be eligible but you need to have documented proof. It doesn't hurt to try so give it a go. Remember- they must be "ready, willing, and able" to work.
2) Only eligible if they have a written job offer that was rescinded, or they backed out of the offer for coronavirus reasons
3) No, unless they meet #2

Regarding getting onto PUA with a job offer: I've seen several cases in the last few weeks where young 18 year olds called up the NY DOL and explained that they were searching for a job when Covid hit but were unable to land anything or continue their search due to Covid and are they eligible? The reps response: yes.
I'm wary of this for two reasons:
1) with all the new reps they recently hired, the probability of reaching one that actually knows whats going on is next to nil. Having a recording of such a conversation does protect you from penalties down the line, but it does not change the law and it does not prevent them from clawing back the funds
2) I've seen applicants that received phone calls some weeks after filing and were asked for proof of income. I wouldn't be surprised if reps have the ability to fill out a bare-bones application and get you the minimum PUA rate, but at follow-up all proof is needed to verify the application, and in these cases that would be an employment offer letter.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2166 on: July 05, 2020, 12:00:52 PM »
Worked on a 1099 more than 18 months ago but actively seeking a job. Is this person eligible?

And what about worked on a w-2 more thn 18 month ago?

Note that if you date the application earlier, 18 months back is also an earlier date. You can look up the exact dates here:
NJ: https://myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/before/about/who/#baseyear
NY: https://labor.ny.gov/benefit-rate-calculator/ (put in the application date into the calculator and see what dates come up)


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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2167 on: July 05, 2020, 12:08:49 PM »
Also, if you are on PUA and trying to certify by phone you may have problems getting your money. Even though it works for some people, its not advisable since it messes up other people and its not simple to fix it
Thanks for the info
i never got the extra $600 is this normal ?
i got my first Unemployment payment a week ago.

Thanks again!
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2168 on: July 05, 2020, 12:43:19 PM »
Thanks @cgr! so clear!
With a note of job offer can i apply online? or only rep can help me?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2169 on: July 05, 2020, 12:48:44 PM »
Thanks @cgr! so clear!
With a note of job offer can i apply online? or only rep can help me?

You can apply online as well.
If in NY you can reach out to me at chaiplus1@gmail.com for detailed instructions.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2170 on: July 05, 2020, 12:51:07 PM »
Thanks for the info
i never got the extra $600 is this normal ?
i got my first Unemployment payment a week ago.

Thanks again!
It can take a week to get the $600, check your account tomorrow.

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« Reply #2171 on: July 05, 2020, 12:52:22 PM »
It can take a week to get the $600, check your account tomorrow.
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2172 on: July 05, 2020, 01:22:39 PM »
I'd like to put out the call once again for people to support the efforts of @cgr by donating to the link in the wiki. She answers questions all day and night. The LRRC gets donations and a lot of government funding. She has evolved into a one-woman organization, answering all the questions for free.

I'm certain that she could advertise "Get help with UI for $100/hour" and she would have steady business. She chooses to be a free resource to everyone here.

If you got help from her, give a few dollars. You can edit the link in the wiki (after you copy it to your address bar) to put in whatever amount you wish to give.
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« Reply #2173 on: July 05, 2020, 01:34:28 PM »
Thanks for the reminder just donated
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« Reply #2174 on: July 05, 2020, 01:41:34 PM »
Thanks for the reminder just donated

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