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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 You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.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 #2790 on: August 06, 2020, 08:20:18 PM »
Has anyone received a call in NJ about backpay?
Not us.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2791 on: August 06, 2020, 08:27:08 PM »
Has anyone received a call in NJ about backpay?
Yes.
Called today in the morning, got a call-back late afternoon.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2792 on: August 06, 2020, 11:19:08 PM »
NJ.
Someone thought they weren't eligible to continue receiving benefits and stopped certifying. Now that they were informed they were eligible they wanna go ahead and start certifying for those weeks and for the future. They missed 4 or 5 weeks of certifying. Can they just go ahead and certify now? Is there anything extra they have to do?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2793 on: August 06, 2020, 11:26:19 PM »
It's complicated. My suggestion is to call in and get permission. If you file a NY return mention that- it should help your case.

@oldguy there are different rules for US employees traveling abroad as there are for US employees living and working from abroad.
So if someone works for an American company abroad why can they not file for UI? I understood from previous posts that if you are not physically in the US you are not eligible. Is that wrong?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2794 on: August 07, 2020, 07:35:04 AM »
Yes.
Called today in the morning, got a call-back late afternoon.
And? You got the back pay?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2795 on: August 07, 2020, 07:51:23 AM »
So if someone works for an American company abroad why can they not file for UI? I understood from previous posts that if you are not physically in the US you are not eligible. Is that wrong?

It's a thorny issue.
If you work in the US and are traveling abroad you're not eligible since you're not ready willing and able to work.

If you reside abroad and work for a US firm then you might be. There's a clause in the UI laws about eligibility if you work for a US firm and aren't covered by any other country's unemployment benefits. It's not so clear cut because some weekly certifications ask if you were present in the US or else you're ineligible. On the other hand I know of countless cases where permission was received to file from abroad.
I'm dealing with a case now where the claimant (W2 so employer pays SUTA) was denied for not being in a location where they can physically report to a DOL office (they're in IL). I'm countering with the above-mentioned clause about not having alternative coverage and being a US employee. We'll see how it goes...

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2796 on: August 07, 2020, 10:32:52 AM »
And? You got the back pay?
I requested it, and was told I will get it within 10 business days.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2797 on: August 07, 2020, 10:43:50 AM »
NJ.
Someone thought they weren't eligible to continue receiving benefits and stopped certifying. Now that they were informed they were eligible they wanna go ahead and start certifying for those weeks and for the future. They missed 4 or 5 weeks of certifying. Can they just go ahead and certify now? Is there anything extra they have to do?
Just certify

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2798 on: August 07, 2020, 11:08:30 AM »
I requested it, and was told I will get it within 10 business days.
Thank you.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2799 on: August 07, 2020, 02:39:11 PM »
I requested it, and was told I will get it within 10 business days.

Don't hold your breath, I know several ppl who were told that a lot more than 10 days ago

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2800 on: August 07, 2020, 06:19:02 PM »
Did anyone get a callback in NJ from 8668125907 ?
Real number or scam? The guy sounded straight out of India.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2801 on: August 07, 2020, 07:04:47 PM »
Don't hold your breath, I know several ppl who were told that a lot more than 10 days ago
It's strange. In NY you can either speak to a rep and have them certify all back pay weeks or you can do it yourself online after certifying the first weeks benefits, but im helping someone from NJ who's is trying to receive his backpay and no option at all online and after calling and receiving callbacks 2 diff reps stated "we are escalating your claim and you should receive a response within a week or two" as if it's questionable whether or not he's elligible for backpay!! But NYs website clearly stated "don't worry if you're having a hard time filing, all claims will be backdated to the date of unemployment" so what's this business with NJ giving ppl issues with backdating their claim?!?
They made it sound as if he was now filing an additional claim to have his thing backdated when the initial application clearly had his date of unemployment listed as early April so if his claim was approved how can they not have to immediately give options to certify for all previous weeks??
Can anyone clarify what the steps were for them to certify for backpay weeks in NJ and whether or not they were successful, as he has already certified the last 3 weeks of benefits but no word yet on all the weeks from April to July 12th.
Any and all details are greatly appreciated!
Thanks.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2802 on: August 07, 2020, 07:28:32 PM »
I submitted a message, however I got an auto reply to check out the FAQ's. what subject and sub-subject should be selected to get a human to respond?
The subheading was "I want to request backdating of my claim."

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« Reply #2803 on: August 08, 2020, 10:01:30 PM »
The subheading was "I want to request backdating of my claim."
Which subject did you choose from the choices?
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #2804 on: August 08, 2020, 10:04:16 PM »
So $400 a week supplemental, or is this executive order not so simple?
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