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New Jersey Unemployment Benefit Questions

What do I do if I am receiving unemployment benefits and I move out-of-state?

If you move out-of-state while you are claiming New Jersey unemployment benefits, you must right away call 1-888-795-6672 to report the address change.  Unemployment checks will not be forwarded.

If you worked in New Jersey and have relocated to another State before filing an unemployment claim, you must still file the claim against New Jersey.  You may file your claim on the Internet as well.

You may also call any of the New Jersey Reemployment Call Centers at the following numbers (not toll-free):

Freehold Reemployment Call Center: (732) 761-2020

Cumberland Reemployment Call Center: (856) 507-2340

Union City Reemployment Call Center: (201) 601-4100

Who do I contact if I suspect someone is receiving unemployment benefits illegally?

You can protect your unemployment insurance funds.  If you suspect someone is obtaining unemployment benefits illegally, please contact at the following numbers:

Telephone No: (609) 777-4304

Mailing Address: Benefit Payment Control, PO Box 043, Trenton, NJ 08625

FAX No.: (609) 292-5593

If I am hired with medical benefits, is my employer allowed to stop this benefit?

Yes. An employer may stop medical benefits however, the employer is needed to give notice if the medical benefits are being stopped or the medical benefits are changing.

If the medical benefits are being discontinued, the employer must provide 30 days advance notice in writing. If the medical benefit plan is changing the employer must tell the employees in writing immediately once the employer is notified by the health insurer.

  1. My husband applied for umemployment back in June of 2016. He was approved to receive benefits. Before he received anything, he died through suicide. I explained that in an interview with Unemployment. I was told to fill out forms when I obtained his death certificate and send them in. I did so. I was called in September and was asked if I sent in the forms and where I sent them. I explained I did send them in, and gave the address. The lady stated that was the correct address and that she would check on the status of my check. I was informed that I was entitled to a one time check in the amount of between $5,000 and $10,000. I never heard back from anyone. In December 2016 I called Unemployment and waited on hold for OVER FIVE HOURS. I explained the situation. I was told I had to wait for a letter in the mail. I explained that I had RECEIVED the letter. I was trying to see the status of the check and if it had been sent as I had NOT received anything. I was told I needed to speak to another department, the Jurisdiction Dept. I believe it was. Again I was told I needed to wait for a letter. Again I explained I had received it and sent it back and received a phone call confirming such. She offered to have her supervisor call me back but that she would just “tell me the same thing”. I asked if there was a phone number, an address, or any contact information of any kind that I could contact the Jurisdiction Dept with to check on the status. I was told NO. I HAD TO WAIT FOR A LETTER. I NEVER received the phone call from the supervisor. I have NOT received a check or a letter. I HAVE NOTHING. No income since MAY OF 2016. I am a widow. I have lost my car and I’m going to lose my HOUSE. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO MY CHECK. I have waited long enough. I need real help from someone there. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!

    • I am sorry to hear about the ordeal. Since the remote telephone calls are not offering any results, I suggest that you consider the option of visiting an Unemployment Office in the vicinity. Please use the link below to visit the website for accessing contact details.

      Please do write back if you need further assistance in this regard.

  2. My current employer has the workers on call after work a week or 2 a month and we have to drive to remote locations at times. I have an eye condition now (doctor diagnosed) that does not allow me to drive at night, if this were the reason I was let go would it affect my unemployment claim?

    • Generally, personal reasons are not accepted.

      However, there can be exception like yours. Please call the Unemployment Office to check on eligibility.

  3. I currently work as a contractor/temp. In March I reach 2 years and the company I work for can not legally keep me after this. They suggested I work for them as a “consultant”. But the project is supposed to end some time in May?
    If I work as a consultant how would this affect potential unemployment benefits???

    Thanks in advance for your answer!!!

    • Well, contract jobs are generally not eligible since employers’ do not pay the relevant taxes into the system.

      Please check with your employer/Unemployment Office and proceed accordingly.

    • You should be able to do so in a limited way.

      Please speak to the representatives of the Unemployment Office for further details.

  4. I am a NJ Resident who has been working in the State of MD for the last 2 years. When I file for my UI, what will be the Maximum Rate I will be eligible for, the NJ rate or the ND Rate?

  5. I live in NJ. I am 76 years old. I was self employed for the last 20 years, and am now unemployed due to non renewal of contract. I was a full time employee for several Companies from 1959-1996 and never collected any unemployment pay for all those years, but paid into it. Now that I am unemployed can I collect unemployment???

    • To be eligible to draw unemployment benefits, you should be employed (salaried) in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

      Since you were self-employed during this period, you will not be eligible.

  6. I work full time for construction company. I also own 25% of another business that I do not have nor receive any income. The construction company is lacking work for 2-2.5 months in winter time. Can I collect unemployment benefits from construction company?

    • Seasonal jobs are generally not eligible due to the nature of the work.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to confirm.

  7. I had worked at ADP for 18 years supporting their legacy computer systems. I am 67 years old and the last two years I have worked part time – 32 hours per week working from home. During this time frame many older workers were let go. Rather then wait for the inevitable I contacted H/R to see what their intentions were towards me. I was asked if I wanted to go back to 40 hours a week and would have to travel back to the office every day. I declined. I was offered a 6 month severance package as an incentive to leave and I accepted it. The severance ends on Dec. 7th of this year. Can I apply for unemployment insurance when it ends?

    • As far as I am aware, there is no direct line to speak to the representatives. You will have to go through the telephone system.

  8. My son just separated from the USAF and tried to apply for benefits. The website said he had to call but when he calls the phone system refers him to the website. What can he do to resolve this?

    • Well, I suggest that he visits an Unemployment Office in the vicinity for an update. Alternatively, you can also browse the website for related resources and information.

  9. I am 66 years old working full time and collecting social security benefits. I have been informed that my position will be eliminated due to lack of work. Am I entitled to collect unemployment and social security at the same time after being laid off?

    • In most of the states, there is no issue collecting both these benefits simultaneously.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  10. I was hired as a full time employee which I have been for 2 yrs. I was told I will be moving to parttime. I have no choose in this matter. Can I collect partial unemployment?

    • Yes, you can be eligible to draw UC benefits under such circumstances.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

    • Some states allow both. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to check if UI benefits can be collected along with SSD.

  11. My question is: I am collecting severance and will be able to file on June 1 for unemployment. If I sign up with a temporary agency for work, will I still be able to sign up for unemployment as I do not know whether I will have steady work or even anything until something comes up. Therefore can I collect unemployment on the days/weeks I do not work?

    Thank you

    • Please apply for UI benefits after the expiry of the severance pay package.

      If you sign up with a temp agency, please notify the Unemployment Office and seek further advise on how it works.

  12. I made a mistake on my initial application regarding severance. I tried to call and speak to an agent without success. How do I go about correcting my initial application?

    • Please check if you can do so online, on the official website. If not, you can also try the phone during off peak hours if the lines are busy.

  13. my copany has notified us that unless they are sold in the next month, they will be filing for bankruptcy. they also told us that we employees would not be eligible for unemployment if they do. are they telling the truth? i have been working for 6 years fulltime there, in NJ

    • If your employment has been paying the relevant taxes on your behalf that contribute towards Unemployment Insurance program, there is no way you will be denied.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  14. I had appeal hearing 2/23/16, I won the decision now I’m waiting for the Deputy to recalculation what entitle me, it been three weeks with no notification by mail or email, I been trying call all I hear is “lines are busy please back” what is normal length of time be notified of a recalculation, or is there another dept that I have to about this.


  15. i was working 30 hrs at my job now my boss is cutting all employees hours, he is dropping me down to 20 hrs wk am I able to collect for the difference in salary?

  16. I live in nj worked mostly in jersey, did a seasonal job in Delaware, do I have to claim Delaware or can I claim just new jersey

  17. I filed for unemployment on 1/3/2016. Already had my phone interview. I saw on the website that my benefits for week ending 1/23 was applied. Will I also be getting benefits for week ending 1/10 and 1/16?

  18. I have relocated to Florida from New Jersey. I have been trying to update my state and address as required and I have been calling the number provided for a month now to no avail. What else can I do?

  19. My last day is Friday. The letter from my employer states file immediately after the last day. My question is: I was giving severance pay, do I still file on the day after I leave, how does it work with severance pay before you can collect. But mainly I still file immediately correct?

  20. My Unemployment will end at the end of February. I was wondering if thee are extensions available. I read somewhere it is according to states, and that NJ has a 13 week extension. But I had read somewhere on a comments section there are no extensions. Which is correct.

    • As far as we’re aware, there are no extensions available.

      You may contact the Unemployment Office in your state for precise information.

  21. I was terminated while working for a company in NJ but live in PA. Is there ever a case where the pension I am collecting from the company that I was terminated from in NJ is not considered as part of the UI payout. There is no employee contribution to the pension.

    • Pension should be declared as income when you apply.

      Specific details in this regard can be provided by the labor authorities in your state. Please call them.

  22. I am a student and started nursing school in Sept, but have worked for the same company throughout high school and while I attended community college the last 5 years. I had to maintain at least 30 hours/week to quality for health benefits. in most cases I was able to work 40-50 hours/week until I started nursing school, at which time I dropped down to 30 hours/week while going to school. The company I’ve been working for just laid me off on Dec 1st 2015 due to lack of work. Can I collect unemployment as a full time student (even though I had been able to work 30/hours a week?)

    • People who are studying full time do not generally qualify.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

  23. I worked full time in New Jersey for the last 6 years, but live in PA. I appreciate answers to my questions:
    1-should I apply in NJ or PA? Is there a difference in compensation and length of unemployment?
    2-I will be receiving a severance pay for the next 3 months, should I apply now or after severance pay is stopped?
    3-if I apply now, how the severance pay impacts the unemployment compensation?
    Thank you..

    • Answers to your question as below.

      1) Please apply from NJ, the state where you were employed.
      2) You can apply after severance pay period is over.
      3) You may not be allowed to apply while severance is being paid out.

  24. My employers headquarters is located in Canada (international). There is no area on the employer page to input international address information. How do I add this?

  25. I have 2 part time jobs for several years. I’m being laid off from one of the jobs. Can I still collect unemployed for the job I’m being laid off from?

    • I don’t think you can qualify for loss of part time jobs.

      Please check with the labor authorities in your state.

  26. What is the maximum amount of time I can be made to wait from the filing date before being told whether I am eligible to receive benefits

  27. I am collecting unemployment benefits for 4 months.Finally I got a job but only for 6 weeks. Can I collect unemployment again after I finish the work the 6 weeks?

    • Please inform the labor authorities in your state of your new work assignment.

      I don’t think that should be an issue.

  28. I have appointment for December 1 for a phone interview for 2:20 but I have something important to do at 1:00 that day. I don’t know what to do if I can get the phone call if I am busy with something else. If Tourette contact me you can email me.

    • Terry,

      Please note that we are not a govt. website or have any links with the labor dept in your state. Call the claims center/customer service to reschedule the interview or for further advice.

  29. Am I eligible to collect nj partial benefits if I work in PA and my hours have been cut severely due to lack of work?

  30. how long after winning my appeal…do I receive retro payment? Is there something I need to do with my appeal decision letter to speed it up? Its been over 2 weeks since I received the letter…still no retro

    • Please contact the claims dept on an appropriate number provided in the letter.

      It must not take so long unless they have specified.

  31. i Live in NJ (Hudson area)bu I worked in NY for 7 Years, I filed my Unemployment according to this in NY, But I can’t go for Food stamps or medical cov. due to living In New Jersey.
    What I can Do to have my full benefits?

    • They usually don’t link UI and other benefits.Please call up the claims center of the labor dept in NY for more info.

  32. I started unemployment July 8th., 2013.

    I stopped receiving it, I asked what to do I was told call and re-open the case.

    I called and after 20 minutes I’m disconnected I went to P’ville 3 times office and the line was out the door, any suggestion on how to resolve this?

  33. I will be laid off 1/31/14. I collect a pension from Lucent and also collect pension from Social Security. I am 76 years of age. Am I eligible to collect unemployment benefits?

    • Mostly not.When you file for UI benefits, many eligibility factors such as age,ability and availability to work comes into picture.Your application must satisfy all these factors.
      You may still speak to the claims center in your state for clarification on this.

  34. I was receiving unemployment benefits up until a year ago when I attempted (and unfortunately failed) as an insurance agent. I was 1099 for the past year (actually August). Am I able to get unemployment benefits again?

    • Depends,on how may weeks of benefits were availed in the previous year.You may please contact the customer service for more information.

  35. if I transferred from the same job in Pennsylvania from august 2012 to hew jersey and fired january o4 of 2014 am I eligible for unemployment if so who do I file under

  36. Can i apply for an extension ?My unemployment expire this week,i started in july 15,but haven’t got a job yet,what should i do?

  37. I have been collecting my unemployment since July 15.if at the end of 6 months I have not gotten a job do I have to apply again? Or am I eligible just for 6 months.How do I know for how long can I collect if I don’t get a job soon?

  38. I was claiming unemployment. I got a job that lasted 11 weeks. I am eligible for the 11 weeks. After that can I claim the remainder of benefits from my first c,aim?

  39. Is the only way to unlock my online account on the unemployment website really to speak with a representative? I’ve been trying to speak with someone for a couple of days now.

    • Often that is the case. Perhaps they need information from you and have put a stop on your claim causing you to call in. Perhaps they have a fax number you can use to contact them. Be sure to put your name and social security number on every page of the fax. You can ask them to call within a certain time period or whatever you determine they need to know to successfully contact you.

  40. I been working for a school district in NJ for the past two years as full time teacher. Everyday I drive to work 1 1/2 each way from home to work and from work to home. Each way is 65 miles. I got a meeting with the superintendent of the school letting me know that my position was been reduce from full time to part time for the up-coming school year. Meaning that I’ll be a par time employee with half of the pay benefits. My questions is if I decide not to take the part time position can I collect unemployment benefits?

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