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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 You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.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 #2610 on: July 27, 2020, 10:22:18 PM »
I know some from the end of March...
Meaning the week of 3/29 - 4/4.
But before that no one seems to have gotten.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2611 on: July 27, 2020, 10:28:09 PM »
Meaning the week of 3/29 - 4/4.
But before that no one seems to have gotten.
Yes that week...

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2612 on: July 27, 2020, 10:29:29 PM »
Meaning the week of 3/29 - 4/4.
But before that no one seems to have gotten.
I'm assuming you're not just referring to the $600, but to the actual PUA base payments as well?
Because the $600 only started from that week.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2613 on: July 27, 2020, 10:46:07 PM »
I've seen clawbacks but no penalties so far. Then again it takes them weeks to send notices and penalties are usually on the notice, not a clawback,  so I wouldn't say there for sure aren't any ( then again penalties are only for claims with malicious intent. I doubt they can make a case for that when the rules are so convoluted and unclear).
A lot happens in a day...
Update:
15% penalty if no proof of previous employment/ job offer.
I do think there's a case to be made to have the penalties removed though- after all there's so much confusion as to eligibility they can't expect every claimant to be a lawyer. Or can they?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2614 on: July 27, 2020, 11:10:57 PM »
NY finally sent out Docusign emails that have the option for part time certifications
How did you request it?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2615 on: July 27, 2020, 11:26:58 PM »
I'm assuming you're not just referring to the $600, but to the actual PUA base payments as well?
Because the $600 only started from that week.
Yes, I'm referring to PUA.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2616 on: July 28, 2020, 12:31:32 AM »
A lot happens in a day...
Update:
15% penalty if no proof of previous employment/ job offer.
I do think there's a case to be made to have the penalties removed though- after all there's so much confusion as to eligibility they can't expect every claimant to be a lawyer. Or can they?
This guy is saying that you don't need to send in proof of employment

http://homeunemployed.com/notice-of-determination-of-eligibility/

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2617 on: July 28, 2020, 12:37:50 AM »
This guy is saying that you don't need to send in proof of employment

http://homeunemployed.com/notice-of-determination-of-eligibility/

No offense but the guy who wrote that can't possibly have on-the-ground experience. If you apply as self-employed and don't send in your proof of income, your claim gets what they call a "Control Message". You can continue certifying but no funds are released unless you send in your proof.

The cases I was referencing were not self-employment claims, but rather claims where the claimant was filing with no prior work history on the premise that they had been job hunting (which is not an approved PUA eligible reason).

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2618 on: July 28, 2020, 01:00:53 AM »


No offense but the guy who wrote that can't possibly have on-the-ground experience. If you apply as self-employed and don't send in your proof of income, your claim gets what they call a "Control Message". You can continue certifying but no funds are released unless you send in your proof.



Don't mean to be disrespectful, but I applied for someone as self employed got a message about sending docs in. I never sent docs and he gets money every week.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2619 on: July 28, 2020, 08:21:34 AM »

Don't mean to be disrespectful, but I applied for someone as self employed got a message about sending docs in. I never sent docs and he gets money every week.
I'm not omnipotent and I like hearing about individual experiences so nothing to be disrespectful about ;)

That is odd based on what I've seen, but there are always exceptions to the rule and cases that fall between the cracks.

Just to clarify I don't mean to say that when you get that letter you have to submit your proof- many claimants are asked for the proof right away when filing the application or in a follow-up phone call a day or two after submitting their application. Obviously you don't have to submit it again if you already did.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2620 on: July 28, 2020, 12:28:30 PM »
How did you request it?
Did not request it, just got it
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2621 on: July 28, 2020, 12:28:52 PM »
I am nj self employed and was never asked for any documentation whatsoever. I am receiving the minimum amount and until now the additional $600.
I have been trying to call them to send in documentation so I can receive more than the minimum...I wish they would be more efficient and request it from me instead of other way around....

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2622 on: July 28, 2020, 01:10:46 PM »
Anyone get a response from NJ DOL using the online contact form? Phones have been impossible, won't even let you wait on hold. Here's the question:
School secretary with a 10 month contract. Was on partial UI through end of June. Has not certified since then. She has a pre-existing condition which makes her high risk for Covid-19. Can she move on to PUA and how does she do it? She doesn't know how schools will open and whether her doctor will allow her to work.
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2623 on: July 28, 2020, 01:52:45 PM »
Anoyone know how to obtain from NJ DOL a form for proof how much Unemployment I am receiveing.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2624 on: July 28, 2020, 01:57:11 PM »
I know that if Congress/senate doesnít act The $600 Will end 7/31. But will I still be able to file for the past months if I hadnít filed yet?
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