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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 You need an employment offer that was then rescinded to prove this.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 #3135 on: September 05, 2020, 09:35:28 PM »
Any guidance for NJ?
Spoke to someone last week. They said they will let me know if approved or denied!? How can they deny backpay?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3136 on: September 05, 2020, 10:27:44 PM »
Spoke to someone last week. They said they will let me know if approved or denied!? How can they deny backpay?

Nobody who answers the phone in the NJDOL has any idea what they are talking about.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3137 on: September 05, 2020, 11:19:43 PM »
Nobody who answers the phone in the NJDOL has any idea what they are talking about.
Has anyone received backpay in NJ? Did they notify you or did it come up when you went in to certify?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3138 on: September 05, 2020, 11:20:25 PM »
I'm here to report back:

NJ,

Filed two appeals, May 15 and June 5.

Got a determination in the mail finally, I think from my first appeal.

Determination: I'm not eligible even though I lost self-employment income because my W2 income is more than the benefit rate. They didn't address what I raised in my second appeal that my benefit rate of $231 was set too low. I am now appealing this determination by mail, and enclosing the details of my past employment. Hopefully they'll adjust my WBR, and hopefully they'll do it quicker than my last appeal!
Reporting back again. (NJ)

I just got a letter from the appeal tribunal that they received my appeal and they will review it. They wrote the I should keep certifying, and that I should let them know of any address changes, as they don't get updated by the general system. They also left a fax number to let them know if I plan to have a lawyer represent me.
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3139 on: September 05, 2020, 11:38:03 PM »
Has anyone received backpay in NJ? Did they notify you or did it come up when you went in to certify?

I don't know of anyone who has received it.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3140 on: September 05, 2020, 11:52:04 PM »
How do I change from UI TO PUA?
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3141 on: September 06, 2020, 01:26:47 AM »
How do I change from UI TO PUA?
I would assume you want to do that being that you're receiving less than what you would receiving from pui?


 Any truth to this?

Askunim and community leaders are aware; that a of couple people in Kiryas Joel and Williamsburg got picked up by the FBI/ law enforcement during last week for filing unemployment benefits by falsifying and providing false employment information. (Family members are trying to avoid the names of leaking to the public).

Community leaders who have reached out to the Department of Labor said, that due to the huge amount of caseloads the Labor Department's employees were instructed in the beginning of Covid-19 epidemic that they should first process all applications and to postpone the employer's verification process. And now the Department of Labor have started the process to verify prior employment history.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3142 on: September 06, 2020, 10:35:44 AM »
How do I change from UI TO PUA?
You can't really. The best you can do is inform the DOL that you're claiming for a PUA reason.

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« Reply #3143 on: September 06, 2020, 10:37:35 AM »
Any truth to this?

Askunim and community leaders are aware; that a of couple people in Kiryas Joel and Williamsburg got picked up by the FBI/ law enforcement during last week for filing unemployment benefits by falsifying and providing false employment information. (Family members are trying to avoid the names of leaking to the public).

Community leaders who have reached out to the Department of Labor said, that due to the huge amount of caseloads the Labor Department's employees were instructed in the beginning of Covid-19 epidemic that they should first process all applications and to postpone the employer's verification process. And now the Department of Labor have started the process to verify prior employment history.

Be very careful what you do . . . .
You'd know if it was. It's appalling that people send stuff like this around when there's no truth to it but in this case it could serve as a good wake up call to those who have been claiming fraudulently.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3144 on: September 06, 2020, 11:00:41 AM »
I filed for PUA as self employed. I have been certifying every week, even when I would not receive benefits (worked or declined work 4+ days that week).

Now my original work is back up to my original workload, but some weeks I may only have 2-3 days of work (had weeks like this before covid too). Can I continue certifying every week and get pay (especially the "bonus") for those weeks with 2-3 days, or do I have to say I "returned to work"?
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3145 on: September 06, 2020, 11:06:40 AM »
I filed for PUA as self employed. I have been certifying every week, even when I would not receive benefits (worked or declined work 4+ days that week).

Now my original work is back up to my original workload, but some weeks I may only have 2-3 days of work (had weeks like this before covid too). Can I continue certifying every week and get pay (especially the "bonus") for those weeks with 2-3 days, or do I have to say I "returned to work"?
Don't see why you can't say you worked two-three days?  you're being honest with one or two days which you did not work.
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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3146 on: September 06, 2020, 11:09:14 AM »
I filed for PUA as self employed. I have been certifying every week, even when I would not receive benefits (worked or declined work 4+ days that week).

Now my original work is back up to my original workload, but some weeks I may only have 2-3 days of work (had weeks like this before covid too). Can I continue certifying every week and get pay (especially the "bonus") for those weeks with 2-3 days, or do I have to say I "returned to work"?

In NJ you need a 20% reduction in hours and earnings below your PWBR to claim.

In NY while per the certification questions you can claim as long as you don't work 4+ days or earn $504+, if you take a deeper dive into actual case rulings there is a 10% threshold that the Board considers a significant loss of income and therefore the tipping point where one can claim UI (or if one earns below their WBR). You will not find this anywhere unless you actually read through the legal case rulings.

That being said it would be hard to nail down either one of those things (average hours worked or average weekly earnings) on a weekly basis for an SE who has no set hours/wage.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3147 on: September 06, 2020, 12:19:16 PM »
I filed for PUA as self employed. I have been certifying every week, even when I would not receive benefits (worked or declined work 4+ days that week).

Now my original work is back up to my original workload, but some weeks I may only have 2-3 days of work (had weeks like this before covid too). Can I continue certifying every week and get pay (especially the "bonus") for those weeks with 2-3 days, or do I have to say I "returned to work"?

NJ. Should someone on PUA certify and answer that there is no Covid reason or is it ok just to not certify at all?

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3148 on: September 06, 2020, 01:32:43 PM »
Anyone familiar with parsonage and UI in NY?
I know that if it's recorded it is counted both as loss of income and as income when certifying. I'm trying to help someone whose parsonage isn't recorded anywhere- I have no idea what that means legally/taxwise (or if it even is legal).

The individual had a loss of SE income but retained his (unrecorded) parsonage income which is above $504/week. Trying to figure out if it counts as income or not for certification purposes.

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Re: Unemployment Help
« Reply #3149 on: September 08, 2020, 02:01:58 PM »
https://gop-waysandmeans.house.gov/unemployment-benefits-update-41-states-approved-for-femas-lost-wages-assistance-program/

The first 3 weeks is already over 19 Billion (with not all states already awarded).
So at this rate it won't be enough money for more than 6 weeks.
If it benefits even just one fellow DDFer, its worth posting it.