3 Step Guide for claimants to certify
Below we have provided a simplified guide for the process of certifying funds. It is important to note that there are specific answers below to the certification questions and failure to answer the questions correctly can result in a delaying of the deposit.
General information regarding certification can be found here: https://myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/before/about/howtoapply/howtocertify.shtml
If your claim has been filed, you must certify each week for payment.
Below is a 3-step synopsis of the process:
Step one: Claimants will have received information regarding what day of the week to certify (Sun, Mon, Tues, or Weds). Their day will not change from week to week. Claimants should check our scheduled times for certification. To keep the system from overloading NJDOL only permits people to certify for benefits at certain times on their day. This schedule can change from week to week. It can be found here: https://myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/schedule.shtml
Step two: Claimants should log in to your online dashboard and click the link that says "Certify for Weekly Benefits” or us this page: https://lwdwebpt.dol.state.nj.us/CertQueueMini/employerVerifyForm.htm
By phone they should call in the area which they filed from: North New Jersey: 201-601-4100 - Central New Jersey: 732-761-2020 - South New Jersey: 856-507-2340 -Out-of-state claims: 888-795-6672
Step three: Claimant will be asked to respond to certification questions. They should use the guide below to answer:
Question 1 - Were you able and available for work?
Unless you are too physically 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.
Question 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.
Question 3 – Did you refuse any work?
If you refused an offer of work due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, you should answer NO.
Question 4 - Were you attending school or job training?
If you are a student and just filed this unemployment claim as a result of the coronavirus emergency, and the Division of Unemployment Insurance 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 who filed an Unemployment Insurance claim prior to this emergency, and 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 would have prior to the school closing.
Question 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 coronavirus emergency, please answer NO to this question. However, if you receive any type of wage while you are not working, answer YES TO QUESTION #7 (see below) AND REPORT THE AMOUNT THERE.
Question 6 – Are you receiving or have you applied for a pension or other retirement pay from any of the employers listed below?
You should answer “YES” only if you are currently receiving pension or other retirement benefit payments from one of the employers listed below. If you are currently paying into a pension or other retirement plan but you are not receiving payments, you should answer “NO." If you are receiving pension payments from an employer who is not listed you should also answer “NO."
Question 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.
If claimants are unsure of their status they should check on their dashboard or here: https://lwdwebpt.dol.state.nj.us/ClaimStatus/claimStatus.htm;jsessionid=9zQfFSA-V-kO+RCNRXmZC5AS
Please see the updated information on the availability of Extended Benefits and the latest information on the $600 PUC payment. This information is posted in the pop-up window on the front page of nj.gov/labor and in the FAQs :
Extended Benefits New Information:
What do I need to do to access the 13-week extension of benefits? Are you currently receiving or have applied for unemployment benefits? If yes, no action is required. The 13-week extension will be automatically available to you after your current balance is exhausted. Otherwise, read the scenarios below:
SCENARIO A: Do these describe you?
1. On a date after July 8, 2018, I filed for unemployment.
2. I have not worked since the dates in 2018-2020 when I collected unemployment.
3. 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?
1. On a date after July 8, 2018, I filed for unemployment.
2. 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?
1. On a date after July 1, 2019, I filed for unemployment benefits.
2. 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.
$600 latest information:
What do I need to do get the supplemental $600 weekly benefit? You do not have to do anything except continue to certify weekly to receive the $600/week. Residents already collecting unemployment will begin to see their $600 supplemental unemployment benefit arrive April 14 (for the week of March 29th). This taxable $600 payment is issued separately each week – you may receive it at the same time as your regular Unemployment benefits, or a few days later. It will usually be deposited into your account on Monday or Tuesday.