We may use words and phrases in our applications, forms, and notices that you may not be familiar with, or that have a different definition in the context of our program. Here's what they mean.
The Appeal Tribunal decides initial disputes about eligibility for unemployment (and some temporary disability) insurance benefits. If, after you file a claim for UI benefits, you or your employer disagrees with the determination of your eligibility for benefits, you and your employer have the right to file an appeal to the Appeal Tribunal.
A week in which you earn a minimum amount. For claims filed in 2019, a base week is one in which you earn at least $172. Base weeks are used to calculate the unemployment insurance benefit you are entitled to.
Certify for benefits
The weekly or biweekly process of letting us know that you are still unemployed and are actively seeking work, and continue to meet all other requirements for claiming unemployment insurance benefits. You may certify for benefits online or by phone.
A member of our unemployment insurance staff who determines your eligibility for benefits based on available information. A claims examiner will contact you to clarify wages or other matters that could affect your eligibility.
If you are an officer of a corporation, or you own more than a 5% equitable or debt interest in the corporation, and your unemployment claim is based on wages with the corporation, you will not be considered unemployed during your term of office or ownership. Since you are not considered unemployed, your claim will be held invalid and you will not receive benefit payments.
Wages paid by an employer to an employee on which the employer is required to pay unemployment insurance tax in accordance with Unemployment Insurance Law. Wages paid to employees in covered employment are used as a basis in establishing an unemployment insurance benefit.
Date of claim
The Sunday at the start of the week in which you file your initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits is your date of claim. Unemployment Insurance benefits are paid for a 7-day week beginning on Sunday and ending on Saturday.
Additional benefits you may be eligible for, if you meet the eligibility requirements for this benefit. Dependency benefits may increase your basic weekly benefit by 7% for your first dependent, and an additional 4% for each of the next 2 dependents up to the maximum weekly benefit rate.
Non-professional school employee
Any employee of the school who is supportive to the educational process. This includes custodians, janitors, cafeteria workers, clerical staff, bus drivers, security personnel, teacher's aides and any paraprofessional employee.
If you have been working full time, and your hours have been reduced, you may qualify for partial unemployment insurance benefits. You will not be required to search for work but you are required to work all available hours for your employer. If you are employed only part-time, you will be required to search for full-time work.
A word, number and character you create to access your account at nj.gov/labor/ui. Your password must be at least 8 characters long and include at least one numeral, one upppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and at least one of the following special characters: ! @ # $ %. Your password protects your personal information; do not give your password to anyone else.
Because each person is not the same and has different circumstances, the definition of a "Suitable Job" is fitted to each person, depending on where he or she lives, his or her skills, experience and past salary. While you are unemployed, you will look for a job similar to your last job (distance traveled, job duties and salary). As you remain unemployed, you will be expected to revise your minimum job requirements. For example, you may have to travel a greater distance, accept a different type of job or accept a lower starting salary.