New Jersey Unemployment If You Get Laid-off

Generally, in New Jersey you have to have lost your job through no fault of your own in order to collect unemployment. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.

In almost all cases, this means that if you get laid-off, you are eligible to collect unemployment benefits.

If you get laid-off from your job, you should immediately apply for unemployment benefits.

Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you were fired. Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you did something wrong. Getting laid-off means that they company that you worked for did not have enough work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you to do your job.

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# Lorena 2011-10-18 18:27
Can I apply for unemploment benefits if i am receiving social security benefits? I am being laid off
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# Helen 2011-12-15 11:27
My job was eliminated at the end of 2010. I collected unemployment for a number of months until I landed a temporary assignment. If this job goes past 6 months, will I be off my original claim? And if I have to open a new claim will the fact that this job pays $15K (annually) less than my original job affect the amount of my weekly benefit?
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# steve 2012-01-09 08:23
My company is temporarily layng me off for 1-2 weeks until some jobs come in and ther is more work for me. Am i eligible if it is only for 1 week?? Can I pre-file since I know when this is going to happen.
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# franny 2012-01-26 12:10
I am temporarily laid off for season with call back date of march 1st, 2012. I was recently called in to the office under the pretense to clear up some unsettled work orders. I was informed my jod position was being eliminated and offered part time work for a posiotion i am not qualified in another office for considerable less hourly wage than i had been paid.They will need to fire the person who now holds that job to accommodate me. I was also told they will be retitling my currrent job and be putting an ad in the newspaper and lookingfor a "man" to replace me. The fact i have some health issues ( which have not interferred with my job performance, nor caused any abscence from work) was brought into the conversation by the boss. My question is, can i turn down this offer and still be allowed to continue collecting my unemployment benefits while i persue looking for another job?
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# Kerry 2012-03-16 16:52
If my boss laid me off, but offered me a job in another state but knew I couldnt take it due to financial reasons and wouldnt help me until I got on my feet. Am I still eligible for unemployment? He knew I couldn't take the job and he offered either because he knew i wouldnt be able to get unemployment or because he thought he'd look like less of a jerk.
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# Bianca 2012-06-19 15:34
I work at a school, but during the summer months my job is unable to pay me, would I be able to file unemployment for the summer months?
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# Eleanor 2012-08-01 13:54
Can a person collect unemployment and severance at the same time in NJ?
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# nicole 2012-10-10 14:35
can I collect unemployment benefits if my job was just temporary
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# Chris 2012-10-24 14:06
My job will be laying me off very soon... I am a FT therapist, I have a yearly per diem job for 12 weeks from dec - april (2 hours a week) would i still be be able to collect unemployment with this per diem job? Thansk!!!
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# Matty 2012-11-15 19:52
My job lays me off one day , Then I might work 3 or 4days ,Am I aable to collect ? Thanks.
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# MELVIN 2012-12-30 00:24
what does PC10 mean on the unemployment paper
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# Carl 2013-01-24 13:28
Do vacation weeks pay affect my unemployment claim?
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# rose 2013-02-13 17:55
I am presently working in pennsylvania. our jobs are being outsourced. I live in n.j. When I go for unemployment benefits, where i apply n.j. or pa. Our headquarters for our company is in n.j.
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# James 2013-04-29 21:29
Dear Sir / Ma'am:
I was originally working three part time jobs. I quit two of the jobs when offered full time hours and over time (40-50 hours per week) at one of the jobs. The full time job company had financial problems and cut back my hours. According to their policy they only have to employ full time, non-salaried employees (as I am) 30 paid hours per pay period, bi-monthly. If I am only employed, as a 'full-time employee, 34 hours a week for instance, am I eligible to file a claim for the 6 hours that would bring me to a 40 hour work week? Thank you for your time and attention!
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# Michele 2013-05-01 19:26
If my jobs tells me that they don't have work for me for two weeks and they will give me off for two weeks and will call me in two weeks and let me know if I can work that considered being laid off and can I collect unemployment?
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# Marcie 2013-05-07 09:31
I was notified by letter that as July 1 my contract will not be renewed due to the budget. Another employee just gave notice that she is leaving because she is moving. If they offer for me (we do pretty much the same work) to stay per diem, or for a few months must I say yes? Also, do I have to wait until July 1st to apply for unemployment? Thank you!
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# traci 2013-06-02 19:25
Hello, I used NJ TDI followed by FML insurance (6 weeks each) after having a child, then went back to work. My contract expired 4 days after returning and my contract was not renewed due to downsizing. I went to file for NJ unemployment but got an error message stating that I "...couldn't continue my claim...balance is zero..."

I haven't filed for unemployment in the past 3 years (then length of my contract). Do you know why my balance would be zero and what I have to do to receive EUB?

Thank you.
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# Liz 2013-06-03 06:45
Can it be possible to collect unemployment if your parents are very ill?
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# suzie 2013-07-02 12:21
Unemployment is giving me trouble trying to collect but I was laid off at my job because my prenatal dr put me on light duty work. Why is unemployment giving me a hard time now I have to appeal it.
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# Gary W 2016-07-21 13:46
My fulltime position is being eliminated. If I am offered part time by my employer and decline it, do I still qualify for NJ Unemployment?
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