The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development assists New Jersey citizens with filing in obtaining New Jersey unemployment benefits. NJ unemployment insurance is paid out to all eligible individuals who live in the state of New Jersey and of either lost their job or are suffering from underemployment. The money used to pay these benefits is collected from employers through the form of a payroll tax. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development admits on its own website that the rules and statutes related to New Jersey unemployment benefits are very complex and difficult understand. We completely agree. However despite the Department’s warning we have forged ahead to determine the key rules and requirements that you need to meet in order to receive NJ unemployment payments.
How To File a Claim For Unemployment
In order to receive any payment from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development you must first file an application. The timing of when you submit this application is very important. You should turn in a completed application as soon as possible after you’ve lost her job. Any delay in filing the application a result in you losing weekly payment checks that you would’ve otherwise been eligible to earn.
When you are completing the NJ unemployment application be sure to have the following information ready:
Your full legal name, telephone number, address, Social Security number, and either a drivers license number or identification card number
A list of all prior employers you’ve worked for over the past 18 months (included this list the name of the employer, your starting date for work, the end date for work, and current contact information for the company)
You can submit your completed application in one of several ways. First you can go to the NJUIFile website (NJUIFile.net) incomplete process over the Internet. If you’re not comfortable with the NJUIFile site you can also call a Department of Labor in Workforce Development Reemployment Call Center and submit an application to employee of the Department over the phone. There are three Reemployment Call Centers in New Jersey:
Union City: (201) 601-4100
Freehold: (732) 761-2020
Cumberland: (856) 507-2340
Toll Free: (888) 795-6672
You can call any of these numbers above to file for your benefits over the telephone.
Prior to filing your claim for NJ unemployment benefits you need to first determine if you are eligible and if your application will be approved. The key requirement you must meet is an income one. The state of New Jersey will examine income you earned in the prior months leading up to your unemployment and application for unemployment insurance benefits. Specifically, you must a been paid 1000 times the New Jersey state hourly minimum wage during your “Base Period.”
What is a Base Period? The state defines this timeframe as for consecutive calendar quarters after disregarding the current calendar quarter you apply for benefits in and the calendar quarter immediately before it. In other words, don’t count the current quarter or the prior quarter and then add up the next four calendar quarters in a row to calculate what your Base Period will be.
See the Department’s website (NJUIFile.net) for more information on what the state hourly minimum wage is at the time you file for unemployment benefits.
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