Information on Unemployment Assistance

The new Federal law signed March 27th provides three types of assistance to many workers impacted by COVID-19:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): expands eligibility for individuals who are typically ineligible for Unemployment benefits, for example independent contractors, and self-employed and “gig” workers.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC): provides an additional $600 per week, on top of regular benefits, to all recipients of Unemployment Insurance; retroactive to the week ending April 4, 2020.  It will be a separate payment from your regular unemployment benefit and will be available to those receiving benefits until July 25, 2020.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): provides an additional 13 weeks of Unemployment benefits to all recipients.

For further information, the following links from New Jersey and New York should answer many of your questions:

https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covidFAQ.shtml

https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/faq.shtm

While we await additional guidance, we recommend that if anyone needs to apply for these benefits, they should start the application online as soon as possible to get this process in motion.

Should you have any questions or wish to speak to a team member, please don’t hesitate to call us at 201-599-0008.

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