At last! N.J. starting to review 13-week extensions for unemployment benefits. You may hear soon. – NJ.com

The N.J. Department of Labor confirmed Monday that it started reviewing some claims for those who have already exhausted their regular unemployment benefits.

“The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development has begun to review unemployment claims exhausted since July 2019 for eligibility for federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC),” the Labor Department exclusively told NJ Advance Media.

“Eligible claimants will begin being notified later this week to certify for benefits,” the agency said. “This process will continue for the next few weeks.”

The benefit in question is the extra 13 weeks of federal benefits that was created as part of the CARES Act.

Workers who had already received 24 weeks of regular benefits and those who are close to reaching that milestone have been waiting to see when the extra 13 weeks would kick in.

The Labor Department didn’t say how many people are eligible for these payments, but last week, Labor Commissioner said it was “tens of thousands.”

These workers are also eligible for the extra $600 federal payments that will last until the end of July.

Many workers won’t have to do anything to get the new benefits.

The Labor website explains how these workers will get their extra 13 weeks of benefits.

You don’t have to do anything if you are already receiving or have applied for benefits, Labor said.

“The 13-week extension will be automatically available to you after your current balance is exhausted,” it said.

It offers other scenarios for different workers. These are the instructions, taken directly from the Labor Department’s website.

“SCENARIO A: Do these describe you?

On a date after July 8, 2018, I filed for unemployment.

I have not worked since the dates in 2018-2020 when I collected unemployment.

I have exhausted my balance OR my benefit year ended on my most recent claim.

If this describes you, WAIT for notification from NJ DOL before you certify for benefits.

SCENARIO B: Do these describe you?

On a date after July 8, 2018, I filed for unemployment.

I have worked since the dates in 2018-2019 when I collected unemployment.

If both describe you, file a new claim if you haven’t already.

SCENARIO C: Do these describe you?

On a date after July 1, 2019, I filed for unemployment benefits.

I have not utilized all 26 weeks of benefits.

If both describe you, re-open your claim if currently closed. Begin certifying for benefits again.”

As of last week, the agency has paid out $2.5 billion in unemployment benefits to more than 725,000 workers since the start of the coronavirus. About 1.1 million New Jerseyans have applied for benefits.

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NJ Advance Media reporter Matt Arco contributed to this report.

Karin Price Mueller may be reached at bamboozled@njadvancemedia.com.

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