Will New Jersey Extend Unemployment Benefits?

The state of New Jersey is continuing to extend unemployment benefits, so there is no need to contact the Department of Labor to check eligibility. Those who are eligible will be automatically evaluated and the “Check Application Status” screen on myunemployment.nj.gov will read “Extended Unemployment Benefits”. This process can take up to two weeks. Assemblymember Joseph Egan has sponsored legislation to help laid-off New Jersey workers take advantage of extended federal unemployment benefits, which is now law.

If you have not received payment for the last week or the week before, and are still waiting for seven weeks of late payment of the $300 and regular unemployment, you can call LSNJLAWSM, the state's toll-free legal hotline for Legal Services of New Jersey, at 1-888-LSNJ-LAW (1-888-576-552) for legal advice, information and referral. If your application for family leave was initiated during a period of unemployment, you will need to call Unemployment Insurance and explain your situation. If you are receiving extended unemployment benefits from the state, your claim status will say “Extended unemployment benefits”. With some states canceling federally funded unemployment benefits ahead of schedule in order to encourage workers to return to work, there is a fear that this could be extended across the country.

The Biden administration has confirmed that states will need to use already-allocated stimulus funds to expand or extend traditional state unemployment programs. Extended Benefits (EB), which are linked to the in-state unemployment rate (HUP), allow the state to use federal funds to extend state unemployment benefits. To be eligible for state extended unemployment (EB) benefits, there are several criteria that must be met. Republicans had no plans to extend improved unemployment insurance, even as millions of Americans remain out of work.

Those who receive Extended Unemployment Insurance (UI) must exhaust these state benefits in the coming weeks, as they reach the 13-week high. Applicants who exhaust extended benefits will have received up to 88 weeks of unemployment, a maximum of 26 weeks of regular state unemployment, up to 49 weeks of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) that ended Sept. 3.For more information on available extensions or additions to unemployment benefits, contact your local Department of Labor or visit their website for more information.

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