Hello fellow North Caldwell Residents.
We hope this email finds you and your families as well as possible under the current circumstances. While we all battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting rigors of the current shelter in place mandate, we also anticipate other challenges on the horizon.
Unfortunately the reality is that, whether it has happened already or whether it will happen in the near future, many of our fellow residents will have their current employment adversely affected, whether by way of temporary layoff or furlough, reduction in pay or hours, or permanent layoff. That situation is frustrating enough for the affected employee who are then expected to sift through the mounds of available information out there (some reliable, some not so reliable) in figuring out what unemployment benefits are available. In order to assist our fellow residents, and since we have more than a few labor and employment lawyers in our wonderful town to point us in the right direction, we wanted to provide the information below regarding unemployment benefits and programs for those working in New Jersey and New York.
Unemployment Claims for those Working in New Jersey
For accurate information about the unemployment process for those who work in New Jersey (including independent contractors), the best source is the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development ("NJDOL"). The NJDOL, which administers the unemployment program in New Jersey, has prepared a helpful frequently asked questions page that you can access here: https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covidFAQ.shtml
Unemployment Claims for those Working in New York
For accurate information about the unemployment process for those who work in New York (including independent contractors), the best source is the New York Department of Labor ("NYDOL"). The NYDOL, which administers the unemployment program in New York, has prepared a helpful things you need to know page that you can access here:
$600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) The NYDOL has prepared a set of frequently asked questions sheet on this federal program that you can access here: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/ui-covid-faq.pdf
The NJDOL as of April 6, 2020 states:
If you are currently collecting unemployment: they fully intend to begin issuing the additional compensation the end of the week of April 5. It will be a separate payment from your regular unemployment benefit, and will continue through July 31.
New filers: You also will be eligible for the additional $600/week; it will be retroactive to the week of March 29.
Freelancers, gig workers, independent contractors: while they wait for federal guidelines, they encourage you to apply for unemployment now. Your claim likely will be denied, but your ineligibility for regular unemployment is a prerequisite for receiving benefits due to COVID-19. Additional details will be posted online as they become available.
We are also awaiting guidance on the 13-week extension of unemployment benefits.
Be there for one another during this time . . .
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