COVID-19 Unemployment, Family Leave, and Related Matters
Employees throughout our state have been seriously impacted by COVID-19. Below, we have tried to highlight the topics that we are asked about frequently. If you do not see the topic that you are looking for, please visit our state's COVID-19 website. To see what kind of benefits you may be eligible for, please check the NJ Department of Labor Eligibility Tool.
Resources for Those Who Are Unemployed Due to COVID-19
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) was extended through March 13, 2021. Individuals who exhaust these benefits may be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of state unemployment extended benefits which expires September 4, 2021.
Here are answers to four commonly asked questions:
- "What does it mean if my claim is pending, or not payable at this time?" Answer
- "What if I see a message to contact the call center or speak to an agent?" Answer
- "Why does my claim show $0 in the WBR amount?" Answer
- "How can I reset my PIN or password?" Answer
Here are some further answers to even more frequently asked questions.
Are you having trouble when certifying for weekly benefits? Here's how to answer those questions during the pandemic so that things will go smoothly. It is well worth your time to review this webpage, as wrong answers will likely stop your weekly certification process thereby delaying your unemployment benefits payment.
Employees who are out of work are encouraged to visit the NJ Department of Labor website to access information about benefits and to file claims. Read through the worker stories to determine which benefits program best fits your situation.
For self-employed NJ workers there is the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The American Rescue Plan Act, signed March 11, 2021, extended the maximum number of weeks from 50 weeks to 75 weeks. PUA benefits available through the American Rescue Plan Act currently expire September 4, 2021. In addition to people who are self-employed or independent contractors, this includes those who do not have enough recent earnings to receive regular unemployment benefits, workers not eligible for regular unemployment, and eligible individuals who are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to a covered COVID-19 reason.
If you have questions about filing for unemployment, please visit the NJ Department of Labor site. Filing online is the fastest way to receive benefits. The NJ Department of Labor offers specific tips on filing because of a coronavirus work situation. If you are unable to file online, you may follow these steps to file over the phone.
If you are missing wages from your employer, or not being given your New Jersey earned sick leave, please file a claim.
If you are looking for a job, please visit this jobs portal. Many positions are available.
You may find additional resources and answers to frequently asked questions at the state's COVID-19 website.
Earned Sick Leave and Family Care
New Jersey’s Earned Sick Leave Law covers public health emergencies. Employees can use Earned Sick Leave if their workplace or child’s school or daycare is closed due to an epidemic, or if a public health authority determines the need for a quarantine.
Earned Sick Leave can be used for self-care, or for a person to care for a family member, which includes a child, grandchild, sibling, spouse, parent or grandparent, domestic or civil union partner, anyone related by blood to the employee, or anyone whose close association with the employee is the equivalent of family. Details on this and more can be found at the NJ Department of Labor website.