Unemployment Benefits for Workers & Self-Employed
People who are unemployed will be eligible for an additional $600 per week for up to four months, over and above state unemployment benefits, in an effort to make up for 100% of lost wages. The CARES Act extends unemployment insurance benefits to last an additional 13 weeks, and, most notably, for the first time, unemployment benefits are now available for 1099 contractors and “gig” workers.
NEW JERSEY: https://myunemployment.nj.gov/
Unemployment for Self-employed, Contractors or Gig Economy Workers:
The CARES Act also temporarily makes unemployment compensation available to self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and others not normally eligible for the benefit.
The program is referred to as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The U.S. Department of Labor requires that PUA be tracked separately from regular UC.
NEW JERSEY: https://myunemployment.nj.gov/independentcontractors.shtml
New Jersey Unemployment FAQs (These are directly from the State of NJ UI Office):
Q#1 - Were you able and available for work?
Unless you are physically too ill to work, the answer to this question should be "YES". If you are out of work temporarily due to a closure related to the Coronavirus and expect to return to your job, say "YES" to this question.
Q#2 - Were you actively seeking work?
If you are waiting to be recalled to your present job or delaying your job search until this natural emergency ends or subsides, you should answer "YES".
Q#3 - Were you attending school or job training?
If you are a student and just filed this unemployment claim as a result of the Covid-19 emergency, and the Division has not reviewed your school status, please answer "NO" to this question (even if you are attending school online) at this time.
If you are a student, had an unemployment claim prior to this emergency, have already provided the department with your school information, and your school is currently closed due to the Coronavirus, please answer this question in the same manner (Yes or No) you were prior to the school closing.
Q#5 - Did you receive holiday or vacation pay for the week beginning mm-dd-2020 and ending mm-dd-2020?
If your separation is temporary and was caused by the Covid-19 emergency, please answer "NO" to this question. If you receive any type of wage while you are not working, answer "YES" TO QUESTION #7 (SEE BELOW) AND REPORT THE AMOUNT THERE.
Q#7 - Did you work between mm-dd-2020 and mm-dd-2020?
If you did any work between the designated dates, answer "YES" and report what you earned. If you know you will not have work the following week, immediately (no later than Saturday of the week in which you are claiming) follow steps to "REOPEN/REASSERT THE CLAIM." If you received holiday/vacation/sick pay from your employer during this week, report that information here.