New Jersey (NJ) Division of Unemployment Insurance – Lost Wages Assistance (LWA), $600 FPUC, PEUC and PUA


[Updated with LWA program details] While New Jersey has started paying out all the federally funded enhanced benefit programs enacted under the CARES act it is well behind in processing current and backdated payments on a regular schedule. This is a known issue as their systems are struggling to handle the spike in UI payments under various programs and addressing a surge in fraudulent claims. New Jersey’s unemployment remains higher than the United States as a whole reflective of how hard the state has been hit by the pandemic compared to other parts of the nation. However the good news, per the comments below, is that the number of new claims being processed has improved and more and more people are seeing the enhanced unemployment benefits on a more consistent basis.

The NJ Division of Unemployment Insurance (DUI) under the Department of Labor and Workforce Development manages the states’ unemployment insurance program. See further details below on the newly enhanced benefits available now and how to file a claim. And per the official NJ DOL website, they are aware of the ongoing issues people are experiencing when filing claims and receiving payments on a timely manner.

Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program

NJ has been approved by FEMA (on Sep 4th) for the $300 weekly payment under the LWA program, which provides supplemental payments to eligible unemployment benefits claimants who have been unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

The DUI expects to make the payment in early October (based latest NJ DOL tweet) and has already begun work on the technology requirements necessary for this program and anticipates being able to deliver funds to eligible claimants by mid-September (see latest payout date table).

There is no application for LWA. Claimants eligible for LWA will automatically receive LWA funds in addition to their weekly benefit amount as long they are eligible for unemployment benefits and unemployed or partially unemployed as a result of COVID-19.

The new LWA payment would be in addition to Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) payments currently available to unemployed workers. LWA Payments will will be retroactive to week ending August 1, 2020.

COVID 19 Enhanced Benefits in New Jersey

Under the CARES act, there are three types of federal unemployment assistance now available:

• Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): expands eligibility for individuals who are typically ineligible for
Unemployment benefits, for example independent contractors, and self-employed and “gig” workers.
• Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): provides an additional $600 per week, on top of regular benefits, to all recipients of Unemployment Insurance; retroactive to the week ending April 4, 2020.
• Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): provides an additional 13 weeks of Unemployment benefits to all recipients.

Double-digit unemployment amid COVID-19 has also triggered 20 weeks of extended benefits the state is permitted by federal law to offer to those who have exhausted all other state and federal unemployment aid without returning to work permanently

Web and/or phone issues with accessing the NJ Unemployment system
NJ’s Unemployment Insurance system is experiencing record levels of demand due to coronavirus and all in-person services statewide are currently closed due to COVID-19. Some people cannot get through online or on the phone. NJ DUI understands your anxiety and frustration, and we apologize. They are working diligently to serve all our customers and ask for your patience. Please keep trying.

Existing Claimants: receiving Unemployment due to the coronavirus emergency do not have to do anything except continue to certify weekly to receive the $600/week. The additional $600/week compensation will be issued beginning April 14, for the week of March 30. It will be a separate payment from your regular unemployment benefit, and will be available to those receiving benefits until July 25, 2020. Claimants that are eligible for extended benefits will be notified on how to claim these benefits. The 13-week extension will be automatically available to you after your current balance is exhausted.

The NJ DOL recently tweeted the following top two reasons your weekly benefits may suddenly stop (claim not payable):

1) you no longer qualify under federal law

2) you answer incorrectly on our mandated questionnaire

33,000 people did the second last week alone!

See more FAQs and details on NJ unemployment rules for the new enhanced benefits provisions.

Filing a Claim

New users can file a claim online (recommended) here by creating a new account. Existing claimants can file here. You can check the status of your claim here.

To receive your unemployment insurance benefits, you must certify for benefits each week which you wish to receive benefits. You can only certify for benefits after the week has passed. Unemployment Insurance weeks begin on a Sunday and end at midnight on Saturday. You will certify for benefits according to the most recent schedule, based on the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN). In order for NJ DOL to process your weekly payment without delay, please follow the below guidelines when certifying for your benefits – to get your money – each week

woman working on a computer

If there is a problem with your claim that must be resolved before benefits can be paid, or if you have been denied benefits and are appealing the determination, you must still certify for and claim your benefits. You will receive “credit” for the weeks which you have claimed. If it is determined that you are eligible or if you win your appeal, you will be paid these benefits at a later date. If you have not claimed benefits and you win your appeal, you will not be paid for these weeks.

To try and speak to a live representative around your claim you can try the following numbers (but expect long hold times)
• North Jersey: 201-601-4100
• Central Jersey: 732-761-2020
• Southern Jersey: 856-507-2340

In order to apply online for Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must have:

  • Worked only in New Jersey in the last 18 months, or
  • Worked in New Jersey and any other state(s) in the last 18 months, or
  • Worked for the federal government and in New Jersey in the last 18 months, or
  • Served in the military in the last 18 months and be physically present in New Jersey.

You can also apply by phone.

You will need the following information to apply:

  • Social Security Number.
  • Alien Registration Number (if you are not a US citizen).
  • Pension information (if you are receiving any pension or 401k).
  • Amount and duration of any separation pay you may be receiving.
  • Recall date (if you expect to be recalled to your job).
  • Union hiring hall information, including local number and address (if you get work through a union).
  • Military Form DD-214 (if you were in the military in the last 18 months).
  • Form SF-8 or SF-50 (if you were a federal employee).

NEW CERTIFIERS: If you received notification that your claim is payable, check our schedule page before you certify. Each week, the day and times to certify are staggered by Social Security number (SSN). The day and time assigned to your SSN may change, so check the schedule page each week.

If you miss your assigned time, there is a second window of time that is open to your SSN later on your assigned day.

Additionally, Friday and Saturday are open to certify for any Social Security number. If you miss these time slots, you may use the following week’s assigned time to certify for both the current and past week.

Tyler N posted on May 20th – To everyone including, I just wanted to let you know as of Monday May 11th it seems as if “JerseyLady” was correct in her comment. The $600 retroactive and weekly payments for claimants on PUA Benefits in the State of NJ come to you a week after you get your regular weekly benefit payment. As of this morning (exactly one week after I got my retroactive unemployment) I got a deposit for $3,000 which is all my retroactive FPUC money along with last weeks $600 FPUC payment. I’m just hoping they keep coming as this whole process has been nothing short of a nightmare. And I will be wishing the best for everyone else on here as well.

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288 thoughts on “New Jersey (NJ) Division of Unemployment Insurance – Lost Wages Assistance (LWA), $600 FPUC, PEUC and PUA

  1. Has anyone heard anything about the $300? I know DOL said program SHOULD be in place in October. By any word on when? Like 1st week of Oct…or do they mean oct 31st? Just curious if anyone has heard anything at all. I keep reading about people asking how to get back payments and all. I am self employed. Last day of work was march 28th. Filed unemployment Apr 19th. Was approved exactly 3wks later. But was told id be paid for date I filed..not for last day of employment. Why is it different for others? Is it because I’m on PUA?

    1. people who receive Pua are technically Eligible to receive unemployment retroactive to when they became unemployed not the date of them filing. Apparently unemployment has a system in place where they approve all PUA claims at the lowest benefit amount of $231 per week and they only start the claim from the date people file. They are supposed to be following up with all of the Pua recipients to go over their income so that they can adjust their weekly benefit amount according to their income and also to verify the last date of employment for them so that they can date their claim accordingly 2 when you became unemployed not too when you filed. Unfortunately unemployment is not contacting us . Many people are receiving just $231 per week and should be receiving double that because their income is much higher. And a lot of people didn’t even know that they could file for Pua until June and July and some even into August. all were told to do is file an escalation form so that they can have a claims adjuster backdate our claims. in an attempt on unemployment behalf quickly get everyone approved they just push through all Pua claims at the minimum benefit amount and only retroactive to the date they filed the claim. I understand their reasoning but what is the delay still in follwing up with us?

      1. Well Stated & The Truth!!!

        This is exactly what is going on. NJDOL workers are telling NJ Residents over the phone that they are not entitled to retroactive to your last day of employment, only from the date you file which is a flat out lie. I assume people then just give up. NJ just continues to dig its hole deeper. I hope the moderator in this forum will sticky your post. Very informative for people who do not know what is going on. I will keep you posted whether I get the NJDOL email. Should be coming soon. Getting sick of this. They are hurting so many people. I’m down to nickels and dimes myself.

        Pennsylvania pays retroactive from last day of employment; not claim file date!!
        Pennsylvania Backdated PUA Claims and Payments:
        PUA claims can be backdated to January 27, 2020 or to the first week you were unemployed due to COVID-19, whichever of the two dates is later.
        The system will backdate your claim to when you first became unemployed, as reported by you when you enter your last day of work.

        You will NOT receive a confirmation email after submitting your initial PUA claim. Your determination information will be available in your dashboard on the PUA website.

        Payments will be made in one lump sum either via direct deposit or to a UC-issued debit card through U.S. Bank, whichever method you chose when you applied.

        If you’re eligible, approved and have no issues with your PUA claim, you should receive your first lump sum payment within one week or less after filing backdated claims.

      2. Hello there I was able to claim my dates back from March. Do I need to fill out a form to receive the $600 retro? Thank you

  2. It says that the extra 600 is retroactive till April 4th!! But i have not received the retroactive 600$$ beyond my application date but i do know in Massachusetts my family did theirs and they got it retroactive soo idk what to do to get it retroactive beyond my application date???


    AT 8AM SHARP CALL (856) 507-2340


    1. Im still waiting too .I’m home with my children my son is doing virtual learning and no sitter because I have two smaller one with developing immune system.

      1. My original claim is from 2019 but I filled for pua in June I called and they said I was not able to be extended but I did work for my father company off the books and made enough money for a new claim but it won’t let me file one

  4. Are you self employed? Girl I am calling now! Thank you… I called my local senators office & they were promising the same result but 2 months later Im still sitting here in the same boat…thabk you Im calling now

    1. Hello I’m in the same boat I’m self employed hair dresser and I tried to apply early kept getting error bad gateway then finally March 17th I filed I been out since March 22nd since my son school closed and they submit a form
      Then was told to wait for email it frustrating when I can’t even get any job my son is been taught virtually and I have a infant and a toddler so no one is coming to do their hair at my house it’s just overwhelming.

      1. when I filed my unemployment I never received an email telling me to go ahead and start certifying that I was approved, I was pretty proactive and checking my claim status on my own and once it changed over to filed and gave me a weekly benefit amount I knew I could start certifying , so you really should go on to the New Jersey Department of Labor’s unemployment website and check the status of your claim I’m willing to bet you may be able to certify for all the weeks going back to when you filed in March, there is no way that you applied back then and still were not approved. It’s people who didn’t file until June or July because they didn’t know they could and have no income from March that can be paid retroactively to when they became unemployed in March. If I were you I would definitely go check the website and see what your claim status is. Good luck

        1. I applied may 17th I meant to put may 17th my last day was March 22nd

        2. have you been receiving your unemployment since then? I hope you have been and if you’re only problem is you’re looking to get your retroactive weeks going back to March 22nd so when you filed on May 17th then you need to contact Unemployment so they can file an escalation form on your behalf and we’re told that claims adjuster will review it at some point in the future and resolve the issue. I don’t know the process once the claims adjuster gets to it because I have been waiting for a month now for a claims adjuster to adjust my queen. the lady Tricia in the comments here gave me the phone number for the Gloucester County I just called there and they’re attempting to help me and my local Senator’s office was of no help to me in resolving this issue and I’ve had no outcome.

        3. Angelina,

          I don’t know what happened to Trish’s post. I don’t see the number she gave. Could you please post again. My local Senators office has also been trying with no success. They are just as angry as I am. Thank you for correcting the person that stated you only get backdated to when you filed. You get backdated based on eligibility date as per the US Department of Labor. See cut and paste below.

          United States Department of Labor (FPUC Guidance)
          To provide assistance and assurance to those eligible, the benefit payments under FPUC may begin as soon as the week after the execution of a signed agreement between the department and states. The timeline for these payments will vary by state. As states begin providing this payment, eligible individuals will receive retroactive payments back to their date of eligibility or the signing of the state agreement, whichever came later. All states have executed agreements with the department as of March 28, 2020. The CARES Act specifies that FPUC benefit payments will end after payments for the last week of unemployment before July 31, 2020.

        4. ‭(856) 384-6963‬ That’s the number I called and they send a message to unemployment n said they would let me know if they hear anything back

        5. Hello frustrated! Sure it was for the Gloucester County Board of Social Services comment and the phone number is 856-384-6963. Now I just so happen to live in Gloucester County I don’t know if the woman who gave me that phone number knew that but when I called they also did not ask me where I lived so you should be okay, from previous posts I’m assuming that you live in North Jersey somewhere. My Senator’s office is very frustrated as well and pretty much devastated that they can’t help anybody that has this particular problem. It seems as though they only have the ability to correct the common certifying issues that people encounter from time to time which is a pretty easy fix apparently in comparison 2 hour problem at least. Good luck to you and I will keep you updated with my progress. I called that Workforce Development place today around 12:30 and they took down my name and phone number and told me that I will likely be hearing from another Gentleman on Monday who will collect my claim information and to inquire about my specific issue that I’m having with unemployment and hopefully I’ll be able to come to a resolve finally.

        6. I FINALLY got my claim status as filed and started receiving payments the end of August. But I will read that people can get retroactive payments for the $600 from the federal since I’ve been out of work since coronavirus in March. Right now I’m just getting regular unemployment payments and none of the extra $300-$400 that the president passed at the end of July ( I think it was). If confused on what I should be entitled to. Any word on that?

        7. New Jersey unemployment recipients will only receive $300 in the enhanced unemployment benefit and it’s only going to be for five or six weeks maximum in fact in fact we may not even we haven’t received it yet and we won’t be receiving it at least for a couple more weeks now from my understanding in fact we may not see that money until October. But you retroactive payments going back to when you became unemployed in March you need to call unemployment and have them fill out an escalation form and you need to call back every two weeks and have them submit a new one until somebody finally gives you your money. Unfortunately I haven’t seen anybody get the retroactive money but we are entitled to It New Jersey’s just making us fight for it I guess and good luck to you

        8. Thanks for the phone number. I will call this morning and hopefully they will help. I’m actually in Mercer County now. Use to live in Morris. Interesting article below illustrating just how bad NJ severely lagging behind the rest of states in the country when distributing Unemployment Insurance. We pay some of the highest taxes in the country and NJ can’t do any better than this. NJ Labor Commissioner comes across very arrogant and full of himself during the last Murphy Covid meeting over a week ago. He is failing NJ miserably. He will follow the governor right out the door next year. No excuse. As I mentioned before, I wish we could borrow Roberta Reardon, the NYSDOL Commissioner to come help us. They are doing much better than NJ.

          Everyone else, “Savings To Invest”, the entity that developed this forum has a very good explanation about “Retroactive Pay” and how to get it in this link. Don’t pay any attention to people who come on here and try to tell you are not entitled to retroactive pay. The State of NJ is failing us.

    2. Hey Angelina,

      Just checking in with you. Did you have any luck with that 856 number in reaching someone? I did get through to someone and she was so ignorant with broken English. Absolutely clueless with a very bad attitude. She kept telling me what is Retroactive and she had no idea what that was. I gave up and ended the call. I actually did receive a call from a NJDOL worker and like many have reported, she asked me a few questions and said I will hear from someone in 2 weeks via email with instructions regarding how to get retro. I asked the rep where my name came from to figure out what triggered her phone call. All she told me was that she received a list of people who claim retroactive pay and they are calling. She was not with Unemployment Division, but worked in NJDOL and she was helping out. I will not hold my breath on this. Many have the same type of story and never hear from anyone at NJDOL. There has been some talk over on the NJDOL Twitter about a class action lawsuit. I guess we will see.

      1. I received two phone numbers to call from this comment feed and the first one was Gloucester County Workforce Development and they told me that there was no help they could circumstance and the second number nobody ever answered. I never received a call from anybody whether it was the Department of Labor or unemployment. Maybe the phone call you received was you’re several escalation forms finally being looked at by someone. I have a feeling they’re going to try to screw everybody over

  5. Look guys, maybe this worked for a few hundred of you but thousands of New Jerseyians are getting screwed over by this 7 month dumpster fire in the NJ DOL UI department. I finally got through 3 weeks ago and I was ecstatic only to find out it was a useless subcontractor who merely created a F U type escalation report concerning my retroactive pay back to week of March 21st. It’s a LOT of money, well over 12K, and these people and this agency could care less about how dire your situation is. I got the obligatory 1 to 2 week MAX before it’s fixed or we contact you. Of course, nothing happened, nobody contacted to me. Sounds like the DO NOTHING Democrats. These people should be politicians.

    Last week I get an ACTUAL AGENT at 8am and it was a miracle. I actually cried on the phone at 45 years old because I’m getting evicted September 15th. She sees the escalation report and adds her notes has the audacity to tell me to calm down and to be patient!!! I asked are you messing me?? Are you recording me to laugh about me and the thousands of other people you owe millions too?? This agent says on September 2nd that they are backed up but I’m in the queue and it will be handled on or before Sunday, September 13th. She said the retro active pay group dealing with backpay who work on weekends. Well, it’s September 7th and NOTHING is fixed. Nothing is changed. Listen folks, we’ve been had. This isnt right, we need to band together like a union and DEMAND action?? Or would you rather just forget about $12,000-$20,000 that is rightfully yours. This people are paid to lie and string you along until you get an $8/hour job or commit suicide. It’s a disgrace. It’s incredible people get a decent salary and 3 weeks vacation to do absolutely nothing. They got theirs so F all you guys who got screwed. They DONT CARE!!!

    Good luck people but it looks bad. If I get any positive news I will forward it to you!!
    Happy Labor Day, it’s ironic because few focus have jobs right now.

    1. I hear you!!! I am owed $5,000 & desperately need it now! I will lose my home & car as well. How can they evict you I thought the CARES act stopped that for now? I apologize if I am wrong but it is very hard to keep up with all of the details surrounding this covid-19 pandemic. Our government needs to get it together as well as NJDOL. I will update you all if I get a miracle & receive my backpay! Good luck to you sir!

    2. Michael,

      I feel your pain. NJDOL claim they are doing a great job helping NJ Residents in recent propaganda press release statements. Complete lies. They were telling me back in June that they are backed up. As you said, nothing has changed. No new processes etc etc to handle this crisis. I do believe they are hoping you just give up and go away or perish. I wish Roberta Reardon, Labor Commissioner for NY would come to NJ and help us. She developed new processes and procedures to help NYS Residents with receiving backdated retroactive pay BACK IN MAY. NJ has done NOTHING of substance. NYSDOL using a technology called #Docusign to speed up backdated payments to their residents. They actually have DOL staff respond to NYS Residents on their twitter account. What does NJ have, not a dam* thing but propaganda press releases claiming they are the greatest thing since sliced bread. I hope you actually did speak with a Claims Agent and not some telephone rep making empty promises of “you will receive a phone call or email” and that call or email never comes. What truly gets under my skin is that there is no follow-up, communication, status. All we hear is someone will contact you and they never do. Our governor, Murphy, is kidding himself if he thinks he will win reelection. Hundreds of thousands of NJ residents are impacted. Be sure to complain on the NJDOL Twitter website. I don’t know who the Federal Government Oversight entity who monitors states and their behavior. Perhaps the GAO or United States Department of Labor. Might be time to complain. Good Luck!!

  6. On the 6th of August they called me about my retroactive claim I submitted and the lady told me they need to put it on the system n it should take 1-2 weeks for me to get a email with instructions about certification for those weeks it’s now the 23 of August and no email? Anyone experienced this New Jersey

    1. How did you make a “claim?” I thought they were backdating to first day of umemployment. I cant get thru on phone!!

      1. Keep calling and they will fill out a form then they will tell you to wait for a call or email giving you instruction on what to do next but I still haven’t gotten any email .

        1. When I call it says too many customers are on hold to call back the next day. The is crazy. They emailed me saying I should receive a payment by Aug 3 its now sep 9th and still nothing. With no means of income and no help, since they so backed up hire more people. I’ll go work for them. I don’t qualify but I’m willing to learn. More hands the faster they come through for us the people that’s struggling because of this pandemic.

    2. Mar,

      You and thousands of other New Jersey residents left in the dark by the NJ Dept of Labor. I can’t help but think they are intentionally doing this. I don’t know. They can’t keep this money due to it is Federal Money provided to American Citizens impacted by Pandemic; not State Funds. There is nothing on their website regarding how to apply for FPUC Retroactive Pay and how the process works. The process as I see it: You call customer service – if you get through which a majority of the time, you don’t, they take your name and number and complete a “Escalation Form” that is forwarded to a claims adjuster with promises that the Dept. of Labor will contact you. Majority of the time, they do not call or anything. If you do get lucky and they call, they lie to you with false promises of contacting you which appears to be your case currently. I had a great conversation with one of the outsourced Telephone Reps from a different state than NJ and she stated they are screwed up and wish that they would provide them authorization to approve the Retroactive Payments. After close to 7 months, they just can’t seem to pull it together. They have the capability to backdate and pay claims retroactively.

      1. I’ve been out of work since March, file my unemployment in July, I received a email that the unemployment was approved for $231 a week, but when I went to certified it only allowed me to certify for the date that the claim was approved, it would not allow me to backdate it to March, how do I receive I receive retro?

        1. Unfortunately, you don’t get back pay to when you stopped working..its back dwted to when u 1ST FILE CLAIM. says so on website. Why wait 4mos before filing? No matter..they will not ba k pay to march..only day of when u filed claim.

        2. that is not true it is clearly stated in multiple Publications posted by the New Jersey Department of Labor that even if you don’t file your claim until later than when you became unemployed that your claim is payable retroactive to the date that you lost your employment due to covid-19. Also New York and Pennsylvania have a system in place to pay their residents retroactive 2 when they became unemployed despite when they are filing their claim. New Jersey is just dragging their feet with issuing the federally funded money we are all entitled to. anybody who is looking to claim retroactive weeks to when they became unemployed needs to call unemployment and have the representative file escalation form and at some point several weeks later a claims adjuster we’ll review the escalation form that request the back pay and at that point I’m not sure if they contact the person to request copies of their tax returns which prove their income and then they go ahead and backdate the claim and the money becomes available apparently a week after that from what I’m told. It’s just that it takes several weeks to get somebody to review your escalation form.

      2. I hope this helps anybody last week I called +1 (856) 251-6810 this number someone suggested I called and I told them about me waiting for my retroactive since April 12 and today the guy called me to informed they respond to the email he sent them regarding my retro n the lady from unemployment responded that my claim was corrected and paid n just now at 6 am I received an email from unemployment my benefit payment was sent to my bank account n allow 2 businesses day I am so happy and I wish everyone in here also get the money they’re owe for so long good luck

        1. I’ve been trying to call that number today and nobody answers it. Do you know what agency or entity the number belongs to?

        2. Hi Mar,

          Congrats!! :) Could you tell me, what date did you first file your unemployment claim and approved for PUA?

    3. How do you even submit a retroactive claim to certify for pmts for back weeks of eligibility??

      1. Ypu meed to call unemployment & ask the representative to fill out an escalation form…but in doing so it does not mean you will see that money within the 2-4 weeks they claim the process takes…we all are still waiting for the escalation form to be reviewed….Its been about 5 weeks since mine was filed and still nothing!!!

    4. Yes that’s exactly what they said to me around the same time actually very beginning of August. She told me 1 to 2 weeks and I would hear something but that it may take up to 4 weeks. Well I’m just over four weeks now and nothing and I called unemployment again and they told me to just give it more time that they are very very backlogged. I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s just a bunch of b******* being fed to us. Regardless, good luck to you.

      1. Angelina,

        It is a bunch of bu*****. I find it irritating that at the top of this forum, there is a paragraph under the “updated LWA” that states the following:

        “However the good news, per the comments below, is that the number of new claims being processed has improved and more and more people are seeing the enhanced unemployment benefits on a more consistent basis.”

        That is flat out not true. Where are these comments? If you go to NJDOL Twitter, people are very angry complaining about the same exact thing here in this forum. NJDOL appears to be engaging in propaganda claiming they are doing a great job with these claims. Yea right!! NJ is beyond screwed up. The problem is they the NJDOL is not smart enough to figure out a workaround. I would rather they invested in Temporary Claims Adjusters instead of Temp Telephone Workers with no authority to do anything. The governor keeps stating he is trying to pressure the Whitehouse and Congress to extend FPUC $600 payments post July 25th. What good will that do if you can’t even provide the FPUC retroactive pay that is owed to NJ Residents WHO WERE ELIGIBLE PRE JULY 25TH. As far as that FEMA Payment LWA, don’t hold your breath with NJ. They will never get their act together and distribute those funds with any competency. NJ stated Oct. All other states are September except for Wisconsin which is Nov. Some states have already distributed funds like Arizona. We pay some of the highest taxes in the country and NJ can’t do any better than this. Not looking good for Murphy for reelection. Management at NJDOL can follow him right out the door. The State of New Jersey Office of Technology is the technical support arm for NJDOL. Why aren’t they doing something? Where are they? Why haven’t they figured something out like NYSDOL. New York doing very well. NJ still in the TOILET. Our tax money at work!!…sheesh…great job fellas at the NJOIT. Collect that paycheck with our tax money.

      1. They paid me my weekly retro for the 6 weeks I was owe and the following morning the 600 retro I was owe I just saw the payment in my account never received the email to certify for those weeks I was surprised but thankful I finally got it after so long

  7. I am self employed. I filed a claim back on March 22, and was denied for UI. I never received any notice about PUA. I thought it was a loss cause . On August 15th my savings were completely exhausted and so I logged on to file an appeal to find that my status had now changed and a weekly benefit of $231 showing dated back to my claim date.

    I certified for benefits on my scheduled day August 20th for all weeks to date. I received an email that my entire retroactive PUA would be deposited early the next morning.

    My question is , will I still receive FPUC from when my claim was submitted even though the program has ended? Does it matter that I am just certifying even though my claim was filed back in March ?

  8. I was expecting to start work around Memorial Day but couldn’t due to COVID restrictions. I didn’t file a claim until July 12th which was my own fault. I have been receiving my weekly payments but I am wondering if I am able to claim the $231 and/or $600 per week dating back to May 25th when COVID first impacted me.

    1. Here are guidelines from the United States Department of Labor that states are mandated to follow:

      “To provide assistance and assurance to those eligible, the benefit payments under FPUC may begin as soon as the week after the execution of a signed agreement between the department and states. The timeline for these payments will vary by state. As states begin providing this payment, eligible individuals will receive retroactive payments back to their date of eligibility or the signing of the state agreement, whichever came later. All states have executed agreements with the department as of March 28, 2020. The CARES Act specifies that FPUC benefit payments will end after payments for the last week of unemployment before July 31, 2020.”

  9. I’m self employed and I became unemployed in March, but I didn’t apply for unemployment until beginning of May and was a approved 3 weeks later under PUA. I received the 3 weeks of lump sum backpay to the time of when I applied. My question is, how far of a back pay are you supposed to receive. Is it limited to the time I applied as is my situation currently. Or, are you supposed to get back pay from when the aid was approved by congress and became available which I believe was around end of March/beginning of April. Thanks.

    1. Hello, You are absolutely correct with your thinking and buy act of Congress you should be able to get retro pay back to the week ending April 5 when they started to pay the extra 600 now, whether or not you’re successful by trying to reach someone to find out about your missing money that’s a whole other story? All you can do is call and keep calling until you get through to a rep . Good luck

    2. the regular weekly benefit unemployment amount can be retroactive to when you became unemployed going far back as January, I don’t understand why going back that far being that we weren’t affected until mid-march, and the extra $600 per week you should get retroactive to April 4th so what you got to do is get unemployment on the phone and tell them that they need to date your claim going back to when you became unemployed in March and they will put in a request 4 those weeks and the process from what I’m told takes 2 to 4 weeks I finally got ahold of somebody today I’m owed from March 8th till May 3rd which is 8 weeks. Good luck to you. Also a suggestion when you do call unemployment it’ll be busy most of the time and they’ll tell you to call back later but when you finally do get through their going to tell you you’ll be on hold for like 30 minutes anytime I waited on hold they would hang up on me after 20 to 30 minutes of being on hold. they also give you an option to leave your phone number and somebody will call you back, and They say you won’t lose your place in line but that’s not true they’ll call you back within 24 hours. But that is the best way to go because I left my callback number yesterday at like 3 or 4 in the afternoon and somebody called me back at approximately 4:30 today.

        1. You can’t file for retroactive. You have to speak to a claim representative or fill out the form online explaining your situation and why you believe claim to be backdated retroactively. In some instances they can confirm with the employer and just then activate the back payment. In many instances they need to confirm via phone with you because they can not confirm monetary information. Once they do then the claim can be backdated

        1. No I didn’t i the weeks I was waiting to my claim I got my first payment after four weeks but didn’t get payment for the weeks I was waiting I was told you were soposed to get paid for those two but I didn’t

        2. The $600 payment comes as a second payment.
          For instance I received payment for back claim on last Tuesday. It was 6 weeks I had been waiting for.
          Monday of this week (6 days later) I received 6 weeks worth of the $600.
          It is a separate payment from the weekly claim and is paid usually the following week

        1. No I have not. Two weeks ago I finally got a hold of somebody and they were putting in an escalation form. I was instructed to call back in 2 to 4 weeks so I called yesterday and received a return call today and was told to give it more time because the process is supposed to take two or three weeks but because they are so backed up and behind it may take longer than that so I should wait a few more weeks before checking in again. She also told me that I should receive an email letting me know when it’s approved or if they need any information from me, but as long as They don’t need anything it’ll automatically be approved and I should get notice about how to claim for those weeks. I have been in contact with my local Senators office as well for two months now and they have yet to produce any results for me concerning this but they do seem to be helping people who made a mistake and answering a question when certifying for benefits. I guess it’s this retroactive back pay situation that They really are dragging their feet to resolve. It’s very upsetting when our neighbors in New York and Pennsylvania don’t seem to be suffering these problems that we are and they have paid there claims retroactively with little to no problems. And now that New Jersey will be approved for the $300 enhanced benefit they’re going to use that as an excuse to further delay paying out what our federal government designed to have us stay afloat financially and then say that they’re even more backed up. So while every other state is paying that $300 benefit to all of their unemployed citizens We’re going to be sitting here waiting until October to see it according to Phil Murphy. I can’t survive like this any longer they need to give us that retroactive pay especially since Congress can’t get it together and come up with a bipartisan plan to help us any time soon!!! The least they can do is give us that retroactive money they’re holding up.

        2. Angelina,

          Same exact situation. I don’t know why they are dragging their feet on this issue of FPUC Retroactive Back Pay. Something is not right here. I still don’t know why they need to contact you if you were already approved for PUA/FPUC. Why not issue the retroactive pay when you are first approved. It almost seems like they are intentionally making it difficult so you give up on benefits that you are legally entitled to from funds distributed via our US Dept. of Labor. What irritates me is that they have not figured out a process to handle this backlog except to continue to give you stupid excuses crying volume. The New York State Dept. of Labor is far better than NJ. Just compare their labor websites. NJ website is a complete joke. NYSDOL website is very professional. They have reps that will try to help you on their twitter site and respond directly to NY residents. Don’t waste your breath on that FEMA payment. They claim mid October. NJDOL will not deliver on that deadline. They can’t get their act together on FPUC retroactive pay; no way will they deliver on the FEMA payment. Murphy has a daily meeting streamed live on Youtube. Please voice your dissent and complaint in the comments section.

    3. didnt apply for unemployment in the month of march why i dont know but i decided to apply in aug …got it can i get bck whatever i missed in march i call and no answer and now ima going back to work in sep 30hrs can i still claim

      1. There is an online form you can fill out when you file your claim. You can ask them in the form to backdate. They may just do it because they can confirm with employer. If they need further monetary information from you then they will need to call you and talk to you before backdating.
        Go here and scroll down to “to send an online message”
        Also keep calling as well.

        1. Carla,
          Based on your post above, you stated that the NJDOL paid you 6 days after you filed for FPUC back claim (Tuesday) and you received retroactive payments of FPUC $600 6 days later on a (Wed). You are an enigma. As far as I know, no one on this forum has ever had that kind of result. When this happened to you, was this in the last few weeks or months ago? Did you receive some kind of confirmation email that FPUC Retroactive funds were deposited in your account?

          Anytime I ever completed that “To Send An Online Message”, they respond via email with some automated nonsense and did not address my issue. It does say “Submit a Message Through our New Online Form”. Maybe this is different and new from what I used before.

          I’m not sure why we would keep calling. The end result is contacting a Telephone Rep who would take your personal information and complete an Escalation Form to forward to a Claims Adjuster and tell you someone from the NJDOL will contact you. I’ve been waiting for months just like Angelina above and others with promises of phone calls and emails blah blah blah….all lies. That’s why I am shocked you got it in 6 days.

          Why don’t they have detailed instructions on their NJDOL website about FPUC Retroactive Back Payments like the New York State Dept. of Labor?

        2. I have been equally frustrated filing my claim in April.
          My first payment was not until July. So it took 3 months just to get the first payment.
          Keep in mind I had not recieved any $600 payments and needed my claim backdated 4 weeks to March.
          When I finally got through to unemployment late July, I was told by the representative to fill out the online form explaining back payment date and was scheduled for October to verify income via W2 for continued payments. When I asked where to find the explanation on the website for back dated claim for payment I was told that the only way to get information backdated was to talk to a representative, have them confirm with my employer that they were closed and to fill out the online form. Once I did that, like everyone else, I got the generic email from unemployment. I expected nothing to happen like I had the first 3 months of waiting.
          About 4 or 5 days after speaking to the rep and filling out the online form I received the 4 weeks back payment of unemployment in my account. No email or letter in the mail.
          6 days after that I recieved the back payment 4 individual payments of $600. I received zero email or notification. I needed my claim backdated for 4 weeks. I had 4 separate individual payments from unemployment and 6 days later 4 separate individual payments of $600.
          It’s now August by this time. So it took 4 months total to catch up to where I am now.
          There isn’t a straight forward answer as to how some get one answer and some another in NJ. l simply just followed what the representative told me to do because I didn’t know what else to do. I can’t answer for NY only for what worked for me in NJ.
          Hoping everyone gets theirs resolved soon.

        3. Frustrated,

          It seems that maybe because Carla has an employer she received different treatment. I think that for self employed people like me, they don’t have any intention to back date our claims prior to the date that we filed our claim. Its wrong and completely opposite of what is stated in multiple publications on the dept of labor website. I am infuriated with NJ, NY and PA self employed are not receiving this obstacle and have been backdated properly and questions and concerns regarding backdating as well as a description of the process to backdate are addressed on their websites whereas we are only informed that we are entitled to it but aside from those few mentions there is no other information given!!!!!! This is beyond despicable for NJ dept of labor to ignore that whatever system they have in place to get us our retroactive money is completely incompetent and useless in addition to ignoring our pleas to fix it!!!! When were you told that they submitted your first escalation form? Mine was 3 weeks ago….. I am told it can take several weeks to be processed and resolved but I have a feeling that its just empty promises.

    4. For those of you who are confused, I cut and pasted information from NJDOL automated email response when I inquired about my FPUC retroactive back pay below. It should clear any confusion about what you are entitled to regarding PUA & FPUC. The question still remains regarding the retroactive pay for FPUC backdated to April 4th from when you first registered on NJDOL to file a claim. Why is this an issue for the NJDOL? I received retroactive for PUA (which really was nothing) rather quickly. As I have mentioned before, the NJDOL continue to cry wolf and complain that they are overwhelmed rings hollow to me. You were quick to provide retroactive for PUA, why not FPUC? I don’t know why I feel that they are intentionally withholding this money and making it difficult to claim retroactive for FPUC. It should be automatic once you are approved for PUA. Nothing on their website provides you any information about retroactive pay for FPUC. Again, they have had 6 months now going on 7 in September to come up with a new process to compensate for the increased volume.

      NJDOL Automated Email Response:
      The $600 payment authorized in the CARES act is eligible for payment starting as of week ending 4/4/2020. If you receive unemployment benefits for any weeks claimed between 4/4/2020 through 7/25/2020 (full or partial benefits) you will automatically receive the additional $600 payment. There is nothing else you need to do at this time. If you are found to be ineligible for Unemployment, but eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) you will also be eligible for the additional $600 as of week ending 4/4/2020.

      The $600 supplemental payment will come separately from your regular unemployment payment, but will be processed through the same payment method you have on file (direct deposit or debit card). Claimants who certify on Saturday will see the $600 payment deposited up to 10 days later. The $600 payments are processed on Friday nights, so if you certify during the make-up window on Saturday, the money won’t arrive until at least a full week later.

      Note: The supplemental $600 payment authorized through the CARES act can only be paid through week ending 7/25/2020. No additional supplemental payments have been authorized by the federal government at this time. If new legislation is passed further information will be posted at that time.

      This $600 payment is considered taxable income. When you file your 2020 taxes you may be charged income tax, and therefore owe taxes, on each $600 payment.

      1. I never received retroactive pay or fpuc ….. I became unemployed march 8th, filed claim may 3rd and 3 weeks later was able to claim for weeks going back to only may 3rd…..I am due 8 weeks pua and 5 weeks fpuc. But my question to you is did you receive retroactive pua prior to the date you filed your claim ? And are you self employed ? It seems as tho reg employees are getting backdated with no problems but some are having a hard time getting the fpuc 600 part backdated…… I am getting no help from senators offices liaisons either…. Its September already they can’t still be this overwhelmed like seriously!!!!

        1. Angelina,

          There really is no excuse for the NJDOL to not have their act together this late in the game. I got the impression that Carla did not have it easy. She first filed in April and did not receive any money until July if I understood her above post correctly. I filed a claim in mid June. When I filed my claim on the NJDOL website, they requested my company name and my last day of employment. Several weeks later towards the end of June, I received an email stating I was eligible for PUA & FPUC. PUA was immediate and FPUC came about 1.5 weeks later on a weekly basis only. No mention of retroactive pay for either one as I was unemployed in beginning of March. When you are eligible for PUA, you automatically qualify for FPUC. I received FPUC on a weekly basis between June 28th – July 25th. I continue to receive PUA today. I never received retroactive pay for FPUC or PUA which of course FPUC was discontinued July 25th. The problem is that the NJDOL is staggeringly incompetent. They have not figured out a new process to handle the increased workload. Their solution was to hire temporary telephone reps from different states to answer calls and take messages for Claims Adjusters which has been useless. How does that cut down on the volume of claims that need to be worked and paid? Complete asinine idea. The Dept. of Labor commissioner stated last week during Murphy’s daily Covid19 on YouTube that NJ residents had their problems resolved 50% of the time on “First Contact” when calling NJDOL. Pure nonsense. That is not true. While the Telephone Reps were nice on the phone, they were powerless to do anything except apologize and forward that Escalation Form to claims adjusters which again was useless as you never hear from the NJDOL. The State of New York Dept. of Labor is far superior and smarter than NJDOL. They actually introduced a new process back in May to help with backdating of claims to handle the increased volume. They are utilizing #DocuSign to help New Yorkers get all the backdated payments they are entitled to. If you receive an email from the NYS Department of Labor, use the secure digital signature technology to certify for back weeks to get your benefits as quickly as possible. Why can’t NJ do that? NJDOL has nothing but excuses and whining that there is to much volume. As a NJ resident, we are in the top 10 states that have a very high tax burden along with NY. You would think NJ would do a better job with all the taxes we pay. We do pay their salaries.

          In closing, I cut and paste this from the United States Department of Labor:

          To provide assistance and assurance to those eligible, the benefit payments under FPUC may begin as soon as the week after the execution of a signed agreement between the department and states. The timeline for these payments will vary by state. As states begin providing this payment, eligible individuals will receive retroactive payments back to their date of eligibility or the signing of the state agreement, whichever came later. All states have executed agreements with the department as of March 28, 2020. The CARES Act specifies that FPUC benefit payments will end after payments for the last week of unemployment before July 31, 2020.

        2. I have recently exceeded my 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits as I was emigre for the 13 week federal extension. I also heard NJ is also providing an ad20 week extension.
          Does the first 13 weeks count as part of the 20 weeks or will I be eligible to collect another 20 weeks after the additional 13 weeks. Will I collect for 39 weeks or 59

  10. I didn’t know I was able to get unemployment. I filed in June and was able to collect but my last day of work was March 17. Am I able to get back NJ unemployment and Federal unemployment

  11. I did not receive the $600 payment for any of my weeks of unemployment, 4/12 – 7/20.

    I can not reach ANYONE at unemployment. I’ve tried emailing the details, but only received a generic reply.

    How can we contact a LIVE person to find out where the payments are? Everything on the Website is useless. It tells me my weekly unemployment benefit, but nothing about the $600.
    Who can I contact? I have depleted my savings and can’t pay my bills.

    1. I was laid off in late April from my job of 32 years.
      I qualified for UI benefits, but because I had to start taking my pension (which is larger than UI) in January due to my age, my benefit is $0.
      I also have heard nothing about the $600 PUA benefit.
      I appealed the pension decision, which I lost, and they refused to answer my PUA request, even though it was part of my appeal.

    2. Pete,

      I feel your pain brother. If you qualified for PUA by applying directly on NJDOL, you automatically get FPUC. They will send you an email informing you that you were approved for both. If you have not received any FPUC payments up to July 25, you are entitled to receive retroactive pay between April 4th – July 25th by Federal Law!! That is good money to bridge you until you can find work – if you find it. I don’t know why NJDOL is not distributing the FPUC $600 retroactive pay in a timely manner. When you call, they will give you their tired dog and pony show that they are overwhelmed by the volume of unemployed NJ Taxpayers. The Pandemic has been going on for close to 6 months now and they haven’t figured out some kind of workaround to get money to people who desperately need it. I suspect they are intentionally doing this. There is nothing on the NJDOL that shows how to apply for FPUC or the status of the Retroactive FPUC Payments. Apply for PUA on their website and wait for their email. You will receive PUA, but it will take forever to get FPUC. Call 732-761-2021 between 9:30am – 11am. I have had good success with contacting someone. You have to constantly keep redialing until you get through. You could dial 100+ times. The problem is that when you do reach someone, it is contract telephone support, not a claims adjuster. The best they can do is offer you excuses, complete an Escalation Form which is useless, tell you someone will call you and send form to claims department. No one ever calls. It has been over a month for me. They are so screwed up there. People who read this, reach out to your news agencies and newspapers and report this. There is no excuse to do this to us. People are going under. Since there is no National Plan to combat the virus, we have no idea when things may return to normal where you can get a job. I think it is incredibly cruel for the NJDOL to tell people who may be losing everything that they are backed up and overwhelmed with no timeframe or communication when they will receive FPUC. It appears Murphy looking at a 1 term governorship. Hang Tough & Good Luck.

      1. I finally called Assemblyman John F. McKeon’s and Senator Richard Codey’s offices yesterday to tell them about my situation.
        Let’s see if they can make progress.

        1. Lawrence,
          Excellent. I had contacted my State Senator also. I hope others will contact their Senators, Congressman, State Senators all media outlets such as NJ times. Star Ledger, NYT, CNN. Something is not right. The NJDOL has the current capability to back date and pay claims in a lump sum. When you are first approved for both PUA & FPUC, you receive weekly payments of FPUC $600 & PUA $231 after your file claim date. Why not just pay the retroactive lump sum backdated to April 4th from your file claim date when you start receiving the APPROVED weekly pay for PUA & FPUC. Why the delay in retroactive FPUC pay. At this rate, if many of these elected officials don’t do anything about this, they will be unemployed in their next election cycle. Thousands of NJ residents are suffering. I chatted briefly with a few temporary telephone reps handling incoming phone calls to NJDOL. They are very nice. Many say they receive thousands of NJ residents that call crying, begging, yelling, angry to help them with funds they are entitled to after claim is approved. After all, the funds are Federal, not State funds which is basically our tax money. Like I mentioned before, they have had 6 months to figure something out.

        2. I gave up calling and talking to sweet outside help telling me they are sorry and will make a report.
          I called senator office they got back immediately took a report within two weeks I got paid. Call your senator !!!

        3. Kathy,

          Was that your local State Senator for your district or Cory Booker / Bob Menedez?

          I already contacted my local State Senator. One of her staff took down my specifics and sent my file over to the Benefits Section of The Department of Labor. I don’t know if that email arrived at the NJDOL with a threat of “work on this now or else.” I don’t think so. The rep from her office did say he could not give me a time frame when they would work on this.

          I hope more people chime in about their experiences. We need to help each other when the state will not.

        4. My local senator is Cory Booker. His assistant has been working with me. He told me that they are not backdating claims yet and he will let me know when they do ‍♀️

        5. Do we have to request for A backdated claim?
          I’ve been out of work since Jan. And didn’t file until June. It would be great if I could get everything backdated.

        6. Michelle,

          Without knowing the full context and details of your conversation with this assistant of Cory Booker, stating that the NJDOL are not working on backdating claims and he will get back to you when he/she hears something rings hollow and lip service to me. What exactly are they waiting on. With so many NJ residents who are suffering and on the verge of losing everything, this should be a major priority for them. Menedez office seems to have better traction and more effective in getting FPUC retroactive back pay than Booker based on the comments of another forum member here. Will contact Menedez office today. I could understand being overwhelmed with volume in the first couple of months. It is going on 6 months now and they haven’t figured out a new process to handle this backlog if indeed that is the problem. No excuse for that. They should hire temp claims adjusters. They have the systems capability to issue FPUC retroactive backpay. Just do it!! We are paying their salaries.

        7. It is very frustrating! I started with Menendez and they told me that due to my address they couldn’t help me :(

        8. Michelle,

          Pure nonsense what they told you. I guess your address is good enough for a vote, but, not good enough to help in a crisis. I called Menedez office this morning and got a recording stating all unemployment issues are handled by the state and to contact them. Not sure what else to do. Probably call the 732-761-2021, have the Telephone Rep complete an “Escalation Form” and hope for the best that a claims adjuster will contact you for the FPUC Retroactive Pay. Keep calling until you get through. They will not be able to give you a status or any information about your claim; just submit the escalation form. Best times have been 9:30am – 11am. Program your cell phone to keep redialing if it has that feature.

          Just remember the pain they caused and what they did to you the next time you vote.

      2. Question, how does the state know how far to backdate? Correct me if Im wrong, but I dont remember if there was a place on the claim asking for start/backdate?
        Does anyone have any updates on how to get backdated PUA and FPUC?

  12. I lost my part time job due to COVID but still work full time. It’s just not enough to make ends meet! Am I eligible for the PUA?

  13. My partial unemployment pended for three weeks in July, finally i got an email that it was reviewed and i would be receiving it for those weeks. I got this email July 25th. Will i get back paid the 600 for those weeks as well? Has this happened to anyone else and they received it?

  14. Hello. I have been receiving unemployment since April with the additional $600. I know the last payment for the additional $600 was the week of July 26. I certify on Saturday August 1st and only received my regular unemployment. Will I receive the last $600 still even if I certify on August 1st?

  15. I have a short question. The PUA benefits ended Saturday July 25th. However I claim every Sunday (July 26th) will I still receive my usual PUA $600 payment for that week that just passed n I claimed for even though I claim on Sunday the 26 and PUA ended Saturday the 25?
    Thank you kindly.

    1. Yes absolutely you will be able to claim on July 26 as every week you claim is for the previous week so that should not affect you receiving your last benefit check.

    2. when you claim for your benefits it doesn’t matter the date that you claim because you can’t claim for that week until that week is already passed

  16. Need some help, i became unemployed from end of march but didn’t file to last week due to not being sure if eligible or not, turns out i was. So wanted to find out that would i still be able to get backpay for the weeks before filing, ive read online that all claims will be backdated but just wanted to get confirmation

    1. yes you will be able to receive the back payments for all those weeks going back to March the extra $600 you will get going back to April 5th. The only problem is in order to receive retroactive payments to when you became unemployed you have to speak to someone at unemployment otherwise your claim will only start on the date that you filed it so I recommend you try to start calling unemployment now or you call your local Senator’s office they have unemployment Liaisons working with them that will contact Unemployment on your behalf and resolve your issues but the process takes a lot of time I suggest you contact them and begin calling unemployment now.

  17. I recently applied for my unemployment benefits and did perform the certification process. I’m scheduled to get my first check I believe next week. I’ve been out of work due to the pandemic since the end of March. I was not able to get through unemployment until recently as mentioned. My question is will I receive retro payments back to March 31st and is there anything else that I need to do?

  18. Hi Guys
    Please help me I never got my $600 (FPUC) though I got my ui every week. I filed on march 29th and end on may 31st.I didn’t hear any thing about this. I tried many time on phone did,t work out. I know they are closing the FPUC on 25th july . What will happened to my payment and What should i do?

    1. I stop getting the 600 in June don’t know why and I get my weekly benefits finally got in touch with unemployment and they don’t know why no explanation and then said it will be retroactive but can’t say when smh

  19. Am a lyft driver and its my main source of income.stopped working on march 5th and dint know i could file for on june 25th i started another job fulltime and tried to file for pua on july 1st to try and get payments retroactive march 5th,question is,am i legible for the back payments even though i applied for pua after starting new fulltime job.thanks

    1. Yes you are absolutely do the money retroactive back to March 5th I stopped working March 8th and I’m self-employed. I didn’t know about the Pua until May 3rd and I filed that day they made my claim payable from that day on and everywhere that I read says that claims are payable to the date that you became unemployed but nobody personally handled my claim EDD unemployment they are so swamped they’ve just been pushing everybody through with the minimum payable amount each week and only starting from the date they filed their clean. I think their intention is to contact each person who receives Pua and get their financial documents like tax returns to determine their benefit amount and then they verify with you the last day that you worked and when you became eligible and then make you retroactive but they are so swamped right now I have yet to hear from anybody so I contacted my local councilman’s office because they have unemployment Liaisons that they work with and they will get back to you within one day and they hand your issue over to their unemployment liaison who gets are resolved within 15 days I’m waiting to hear back from them by tomorrow will be my 15th day I really need those retroactive weeks but good luck

      1. Angelina,

        July 31, 2020 – Have you received your $600 FPUC retroactive pay as of yet? I realize they are swamped. As someone mentioned before, it is going on 6 months since this crisis. Why hasn’t the state developed a workaround regarding how to handle this workload volume? To me it seems like they are just floundering while NJ resident tax payers continue to suffer. There is nothing on the NJDOL website about determining the status of the FPUC $600 Retroactive Claim, etc etc that we have a right to receive via Federal Law. What bothers me the most is that there is no communication from NJDOL about this particular Retroactive $600 FPUC issue. We should be able to key our SS# and determine Retroactive FPUC status. That seems cruel when so many are suffering and need help.

        I wish this website would place a full time stamp date on these posts instead of just the time and day so people can see if there is any progress.

        For people who read this, can you confirm if you have received the retroactive FPUC benefits? Please put a full date/year next to your post so we can track progress. 7/31/2020

        1. I have not received my retroactive payments yet like I stated before I became unemployed on March 8th but I did not file a claim until May 3rd when I found out they extended unemployment to self employed people Which is my category. Everywhere that I read says that you are do retroactive payments to the date that you became unemployed but everybody who is self-employed or a gig worker They are automatically approving everybody but starting their claim the date of that they filed and giving them the minimum benefit amount per week and they are supposed to be following up with you determine your weekly benefit amount and to backdate you two when you became eligible. Now I filed May 3rd and have yet to receive one correspondence from them saying that I was approved and that I can start filing luckily for me I am proactive and figure it out on my own how to check my status on their website and start cleaning for my benefits if I was still waiting for some type of confirmation that I was approved and my claim is payable I would still be sitting here never certifying all these weeks because I would be waiting for that confirmation it’s sad. But I contacted my local Senator’s office are Senators Weenies and they have an unemployment liaison who helps people who are having an unemployment issue they say it takes 15 business days to get a result for you yesterday was my 15th business day and I am still waiting for them to resolve my issue which is the eight weeks of retroactive payments that I am due. I also call unemployment every day and have had no luck getting through my suggestion to you is contact senator Sweeney’s office I think I spoke to a guy named Jack I don’t remember but if you contact them they will assign your unemployment issue to their unemployment liaison person and I know people that have gotten results that way it’s just a matter of time and waiting good luck to you

        2. Havnt yet recieved filed in March. When I called to speak to someone I got automated options then found that it sa e d I’ve been paid thousands of dollars that I neve revieved. This is craziness. Im losing

        3. No, i did not recieve my last 600 but I’m hoping it’s not because i certified late, I was supposed to certify on July 25 but didn’t certify for that week untill August 4th only because i didn’t know i was eligable at that time, I’m hoping it comes because my electic and cable are on the verge of being turned off, my file date was July 19 2020 today is 8/13/2020

  20. About 2 weeks ago I was approved for EUC, retroactive to 4/05. My certifications for the first 6 weeks were fine.

    On 5/19 I had started a p/t self-employed job with varying hours (and no hours for late June and July so far) so the next few will take time for them to review.

    On 6/30 I started another p/t job with choice of hours up to and including 40 – I chose 4 hours/day. (Also some days we went home early as they ran out of work).

    So for the question “did you work all hours offered” should that be “no” if I could have taken more?

    1. For receding retroactive back to March payments, how can you make sure that they are aware of when you stopped getting a check? I didn’t file until June because I thought due to my self-employment category that I didn’t qualify. Now can’t recall if they asked me anything about going back to March. Is there a way to update your claim or double check?

  21. I have been getting my $600 every week but 1 so far but cannot figure out how to get it back dated for weeks before I filed. I’ve been searching online for an answer.. I’m close to being homeless and need this money…. Anyone figure out how to do it?? PLEASE help!!!!!

  22. It’s been since 6/22 the last time I got a 600 payment I claim weekly and get my unemployment payment it’s been 3 weeks of no 600 payment I email and there response is no help have been calling and no luck what is going on with the 600 payment why did it stop this is so frustrating

    1. Per NJ Twitter, the FPUC program, which provides an additional $600/week in assistance, will end on July 25. If an eligible claim is pending or awaiting review, and has completed all weekly certifications prior to July 25, they will retroactively receive their benefits and FPUC.

      1. Gerald: The confusing issue is why do Claims Adjusters have to review the claim again for retroactive payment when NJ Residents have already been approved to receive FPUC and currently receiving weekly $600 payments? At the time of your approval for PUA & FPUC, which is confirmed via an email from the NJDOL, why aren’t the FPUC Retroactive Lump Sum Payment approved at the same time? I guess you start receiving initial FPUC payments
        and receive the retroactive lump sum later? Huh? Why? If this is an issue of workload for claims adjusters, why hasn’t the State hired temporary adjusters to assist with handling the workload if it is just a matter of backdating the payment for people who have already been approved which seems to be an unnecessary step in the approval process. It appears the State has retained telephone support reps to remove the burden on claims adjusters regarding phone inquiries which is an excellent idea. I wonder if the Claims Adjusters are working overtime on weekends. I’m sure with overtime pay under these unusual circumstances. I know they are working hard. People are suffering and have no idea what is going on.

  23. Sorry, that is not correct. You have to qualify for at least $1.00 of regular unemployment to receive the $600. If your benefit amount is showing $0, you will not receive anything. I was in the same boat and kept certifying each week to keep my claim active and I did not receive anything until I worked less hours and then my weekly wages went below the WBR.

  24. Can someone tell me how they are getting through the phone system to actually speak with an agent? I have tried repeatedly over a 4 week period all three phone numbers provided and have only gotten through, put on hold, and after 30 minutes or so of waiting on hold, got to speak with an agent. Result of discussion was that I had to wait for an email. That was two weeks ago. Anyway, my question is simply this, “What are you doing to get through the phone system?” Does the time of day or day of week matter in terms of your success? Thanks in advance. Good luck to everyone trying to navigate through this process.

    1. Hi Nicolo, I found that the best way to get through to NJ UI is to call the following number: 1-732-761-2021. I would start calling the number before 8:30am. Once you call you will get a few different prompts:
      1. “The reemployment call center is closed….” (Hang up and keep redialing)
      2. “Due to the high volume of calls….” (Hang up and keep redialing)
      3. “Please hold for the next available representative”…repeated in Spanish…then says something about being busy (Hang up and keep redialing)
      4. Please hold for the next available representative…repeated in Spanish…then says “your call is important to us…your estimate wait time is….then music starts to play.. (DO NOT HANG UP!!! YOU WILL BE ON HOLD FOR AWHILE BUT THIS MEANS YOU ARE IN QUEUE SO DON’T HANG UP!)

      Side note: I might not have the exact wording right for all the prompts but you will know once you hear them! Also, if you get the number 4 prompt above it will give you the option to leave a call back number and have someone call you from UI. I’ve heard of success stories with doing this but I personally choose to wait it out. Also, if during the wait you get disconnected, just hang up and keep trying! It is best to start early in the morning, before 8:30am…sometimes even 7:45am. Hope this helps! Good Luck!! Stay Safe!! :)

      1. Did that today got last shot said she was hired with 300 others and she has no idea she was not allowed to address the issue just make note I called. Useless and wrong !!!!!

      2. JRobinson,

        Thanks!! What you wrote worked perfectly. I just kept calling until I got the prompt # 4 above. My frustration with this process is tough. I was already approved for PUA & FPUC at end of June. I am currently receiving weekly payments for both. However, I am owed retroactive pay for both. I finally got a hold of someone today. She put in a claim request for retroactive pay. She then states it could take 4-6 weeks. Why on earth would it take this long when I have already been approved. Makes absolutely no sense. NJDOL on their website states that we are entitled to retroactive pay on both. The State Rep was very nice. She felt bad. She mentioned something about being backed up. How can that be the case when I am already approved to receive PUA & FPUC funds. It has been 5 months now since pandemic. How can they still be backed up. You would think they would have figured out a process that improved this situation after 5 months of this pandemic.

        Anyone know how I might be able to speed this up? Perhaps email a top level official for help? Someone who could escalate this on my behalf. Thanks


  25. I didn’t know I could file a claim. I have been out of work since Jan. At the beginning of July, It was suggested I should file So I did. However now when I certify. It isn’t back dated. Does it have to be for all of the weeks of the $600 to be paid?

    1. You “can” be backdated but it’s not automatic. If you filed a claim in July they will pay starting with the week you filed. You will need an interview with an agent so that they can verify employment being closed. They will ask about the circumstances and the date and reasons why not working. Once verified then they will pay retroactively.

  26. ‘Certification cannot be Processed’ All of a sudden 3 weeks into claiming the additional 13 weeks PUA this happens every time I try to certify ,so I can’t! No $600 either. Three agents can’t even help. They told me this is a big problem. Anyone else??

    1. Me too got an agent her answer was I don’t know why and I don’t know what to do !!!! So I guess NJ could care less about us that they don’t have the help to help us .

    2. Same problem, everything was ok for weeks and then “Certification cannot be Processed” window pops up. Can’t certify for couple weeks already, the same thing every time I try. Help email is not helpful, phone disconnects after waiting.

    3. Same here been waiting for my 9 weeks of $600 and spoke to 20 people and they said I would receive a call in a week and it’s been 2 months

      1. This is so frustrating. I’ve definitely spoken to at least four or five people and was told I would get it within two weeks and it has not come yet either the back dating

    4. After the same frustration over 3 months I was told 3 different things.
      1. The $600 payment was delayed due to some banking error
      2. If there was a question answered wrong and or you had one of those employers that was closed, reopened for a bit and then closed again and you earnings during that time your claim may be stopped. You will have to go in reopen, explain this in the given box and file again.
      3. The system gave everyone this message and they were still figuring out what caused it.

    5. Same problem for me. You said “They said this is a big problem”. So you actually were able to speak with an agent? Have they provided any follow up actions? I am in the same boat. Thanks and good luck.

      Nick O.

    6. do a search for the automated telephone certification number. I have it in my other phone but you can find it. Select the option to certify for REGULAR unemployment not PUA, even if your getting PUA like myself, .. I had to do this twice because of the same error online,” cert cannot be …. ” ok.. I get my payments including the 600 it works.. you didnt hear it from me…;)

  27. I was approved for unemployment but I have not done my first weekly claim will I still get the $600 this Monday or will I not get it until I do my first claim my weekly claim for the $231??

    1. No. You only get the 600 for weeks you qualify for UI benefits. Which means you have to claim first and if it says you will receive a payment that week then you qualify for the 600. If it says you aren’t eligible that week for a payment the. You will not be eligible for the $600 FPUC.

      1. Hey I called and she filled out a acceleration form and she told me to wait for an email ……what does that mean ?

        1. Hey I filed for 6/28/2020 I got my first weekly benefit finally on July 21st I didn’t get the extra 600 dollers tho why I am confused? Please some one help

  28. I was receiving for five weeks and now every week when I go to certify it says I need to call certification cannot be processed. Can’t get through anyone else have this ?

    1. Same here. Received 8 wks of 13. On 9th week of certifying, I received a pop up which read, contact an agent at one of three phone locations. After 4 weeks of trying to speak with an agent, I did get through. Told that payments are “on hold”. No reason given and that I should wait to receive an email from them which will alert me as to when I can resume certification. I was told both federal and state moneys would be retroactive. I was concerned as the federal July 25th end date was / is fast approaching. I don’t hold out much hope for this to work out as described, but there is little more at this point that I can do about it. Any suggestions or ideas as to how to get this email moving……? Thanks

      1. I have identical situation and I was told they extended 20 weeks. But nothing !!!! I wrote senator nothing. This is just unfair to everyone !

    2. I’m having the same issue!!! Its getting ridiculous! For 6 whole weeks already waiting and waiting to certify and no numbers are answering!

  29. So I was unemployed March 22nd and didn’t know about pua until may 18th I filed but I only receive two weeks but I thought they backdate from first unemployed date .someone explain why New York get theirs back dated what’s up with nj ?

        1. I put March 22nd when I couldn’t get anyone to book appointment with me

      1. I called unemployment at 8AM, spoke with someone about this very issue. He is escalating my claim and said I should hear in a week regarding my retroactive claim weeks.

        1. I called again today she said that it should be fixed when I go to certify but I’m going to call again later to verify information .

        2. That’s good news. I have called at least five times about this and every time they say they were going to submit the paperwork and it could take a couple weeks…

        3. How are you getting people on phone I have called for months 200 times a day. Can’t get anyone just recording call tomorrow

        4. You have to call at 8AM just when they open. That’s the only way I found that is successful.

        5. I call this number as many times as it takes to get through — ‭(732) 761-2021‬. I always file or reopen a claim on line. At around 8:29/8:30 when you are prompted that this line is for certification problems only DO NOT HIT THE FILING A CLAIM BUTTON. just wait and someone usually answers right away or within two minutes. but you must file a claim online first to do this trick.

        6. What do you mean escalatibg your claim? When i opened my claim on may 3rd i indicated my last day worked was march 8th & but when my claim was approved they only let me claim weeks going back to may 3rd which is the date I filed…been trying to call but no luck getting thru…im just trying to find out if they will fix this for me or not so I don’t waste my time trying to get a live person on the phone which seems dang near impossible

    1. So they are letting you claim the weeks going back to march 18th for you? When i opened my claim on may 3rd i indicated my last day worked was march 8th & but when my claim was approved they only let me claim weeks going back to may 3rd which is the date I filed…been trying to call but no luck getting thru…im just trying to find out if they will fix this for me or not so I don’t waste my time trying to get a live person on the phone which seems dang near impossible

        1. My sister-in-law suggested that I call my local councilman’s office because they are assisting people who need to get through to unemployment. I called and they took down my information and had somebody call me from my local Senator’s office and the man said that they have an unemployment liaison at each Senator’s office that helps people resolve their unemployment issues so people who are having an extremely difficult time getting through they will hand your case over to their liaison and the liasion will contact Unemployment on your behalf and resolve your issue. My sister-in-law’s husband had been trying to get through for nearly eight weeks and he contacted his local councilman’s office and they told him within 15 days he should have a resolution and two weeks later he got all his money. I called the day before yesterday and I was told that the process could take 15 days to be patient but they are working on it and the man that I spoke to asked that I pass on this information to anyone struggling to get through to unemployment, he urges you all to contact your local Senator’s office or councilman’s office for assistance. Good luck to all I hope this helps & I will keep you all posted I am owed 8 weeks in back payments.

    2. NJ will back date but they put your benefits on hold until you speak to someone to back date it to the proper date. Unfortunately it’s not automatic

  30. “After you certify on your day and time window and you hit submit, scroll down. It should say would you like to claim an additional week? click on it and it will take you through the process again. Hit submit again and scroll down and see if it says ” claim additional week?” keep going through the certifying process until that button is no longer there. You’ll get all your money at once if your successful”

    I am in NJ. I certified every week.
    It is nowhere to scroll down to get to “would you like to claim an additional week” question; NO extra certifying process but for that week.
    So, How do I claim for prior weeks?

    1. It will only let you apply back to the weeks that you put the app in not the weeks you may be eligible.
      Say you are eligible March 1 but didn’t file till April 1. They will only pay you until April 1 unless you get an agent interview to back date it to that date.
      You can also log in again to see if missing weeks appear. Initially I could only claim 2 weeks. The following week the other weeks appeared to claim

  31. Hi guys I just found out about the PUA. I filed for regular unemployment on June 14 and was denied. I got a email stating that I was eligible for the PUA and today was my first day to claim it. I claimed for 2 weeks no problem. My question is about the $600 enhanced unemployment do I get back pay from the date the program was initiated, or do I just start getting the 600$ from the week that I filed? That’s my only question I hope everything works out well for all of you.

      1. Andy this article from what I can understand doesn’t answer the question as to how we certify for the weeks prior to when we were approved for unemployment? I have been searching for that answer for weeks now. I started receiving unemployment about three weeks ago. However, my unemployment began at the beginning of March?

    1. Apparently they only give it to you going back to the date that you filed although it specifically States in multiple Publications and articles that you are eligible to receive benefits going back to the day you became unemployed as far back as January 27th of 2020. I myself became unemployed March 8th but did not file until May 3rd and I’ve only been able to claim benefits going back to May 3rd and I’ve reached out to unemployment numerous times to ask about this but have not received an email back. I suggest you pursue I’m going back for you as well to when you became unemployed because many people didn’t even understand or know that they could get unemployment thru Pua

    2. Did you ever end up receiving the backpay? I’m in almost the identical situation you are in. I filed for unemployment on June 21st and they granted me $231 for unemployment and the 600 for COVID. But I want to know if you can claim the 600 going all the way back to when it was initially activated.

      1. I too applied for PUA the end of April. Just starting receiving weekly benefits. How to I claim the month of March and April? Online only allows me to process the current week? Also I am claiming PUA benefits on the regular Unemployment page? Is that accurate or should I be claiming PUA somewhere else?

        I cannot get anyone on the phone.

      2. not yet, but everything i have read about it being retroactive back to early april, points to us getiing backpay from the 4th or 5th of april til the date we filed our claim. i thought i filled out the pua form wrong because many people i know who filed just 4 days before i did got their backpay immediately. thats why i am worried. very hard to get a direct answer on this particular question.

  32. I receive PUA.Things were smooth at 1st but now Its been 3 weeks since I recieved anything.No explanation..It seems to be the luck of the draw.
    New Jersey state Department of labor staff are working from home to process your claim.It depends on who is assigned to your claim.Some UI recipients will get paid on time every week with no problem because the state worker is actually doing their job efficiently.All workers getting paid the same salary are not going to all put in the same effort.They will receive a set amount bi weekly paycheck reguardless of the effort they put out.My mother retired from NYDOL.She also said it depends on who you get.

    1. After you certify on your day and time window and you hit submit, scroll down. It should say would you like to claim an additional week? click on it and it will take you through the process again. Hit submit again and scroll down and see if it says ” claim additional week?” keep going through the certifying process until that button is no longer there. You’ll get all your money at once if your successful

    2. I finally got through to unemployment to get my unemployment on May 17 I have been trying since March and I was wondering if I get retroactive unemployment and retroactive PUA and when it might be coming

  33. I actually earned some money and was paid last week. I reported it on my claim this week and will be getting 0.00 this week from unemployment. That’s ok I understand but do I get the 600 because I did certify?

    1. No you wont get the $600.00 because you made more then whatever your ” partial” unemployment was.
      You can work and earn money but you have to earn less then your partial unemployment. In your case you made more $$ that is why your getting 0.00 . Essentially you’re telling unemployment your back to work and no longer in need of assistance.

  34. My job was paying me a paycheck up until 6/7. That was when they told me they couldn’t pay me any longer and for me to file for Unemployment.
    My problem is my claim starts for the week of 6/8 but my last paycheck is dated for 5/22. That is a 2 week difference that I need to be paid for. After a week of constant calling I was finally able to get thru to a representative and she told me she would back date my claim to 5/22. After I claimed my benefits on Wed I received my payment on Friday but it was for 1 week and today on Monday 6/22 I received my first payment of $600 which also should have been backdated.
    I am supposed to go back to work July 6th but I can not afford 2 weeks without the back pay.
    And now I call all morning and again I can’t reach a representative.

  35. today Sunday 6/21/20 i am still waiting for 12 weeks for the 600$ dollars weekly i am receiving my unemployment regular but still have not seen nothing for the extra 600 i am owed 7,200 dollors in that money

  36. Hi i just claimed 3 weeks ago and they said the $600 is retroactive from week of march 29 so should i get it from that date even i only started claiming?

  37. 6/18 – Been receiving the $600 every week on Monday since it started in April with no problems. Now this week (Monday 6/15) did not receive my $600. I emailed Unemployment on Tuesday morning, haven’t heard back from them. I hope this coming Monday I receive the 2 weeks. They know people have not received it. People must be calling or emailing them. Why can’t they just be professional and put a notice on the website and let people know what is going on.

    1. I too didn’t receive my payment of $600 on a Monday. I have called and emailed and haven’t received anything. My answer to you is the State of NJ just sucks. No communication at all. I too hope I receive the two weeks. I just don’t understand why they can’t just let us know?

      1. If the State is late depositing the money then your $600.00 will be delayed. Possibly 5 days. if you’ve been receiving it weekly with no troubles, then thats the problem. You’ll get it, just be patient. I know its nerve racking because you have zero control, but you’ll get it.

      2. Ken Same crap just happened to me I’ve been getting the 600 since April 5 now suddenly $231 and no 600 like everyone else let’s hope we get two checks this week. They did say there were some glitches in New Jersey so we shall see. Mike

        1. Once that happens they kick you out of system completely and you get the same lame excuse from the girls that answer the phone. We don’t know !!!!!
          Senator does not even respond. They don’t care !!!!!

        2. I was told the payments are about a week behind each other. So far that “appears” to be true.
          I filed on Sunday July 5 last week and recieved the payment Tuesday July 7 for $231.
          On July 14 one week later, I recieved the $600 PUA.
          I also recieved 4 weeks of back payment of $231 from 4 weeks previously filed from June. (I filed in May)
          And the following week received 4 payments of $600 PUA.
          I hope everyone gets resolution as this is my first of any payments since filing in May.

    2. Same here. It’s been received every Monday without issue until this week. Regular benefits have been received but not the $600.
      Where can I find an email address to contact DOL.
      not that I expect it to help but worth informing

        1. I have Columbia bank but it finally came through.
          I certify for benefits on Tuesday’s but the FPUC has always been deposited on Monday until Memorial Day then I was receiving it on tuesdays.
          I’m just glad it came in.
          Mortgage is due next week

        2. I’m glad you got the money. I received mine this morning. I usually get it on Monday. I don’t understand why it’s so difficult for the state to do the right thing and stop making people sweat it out weekly

    3. Hi JoAnn

      I have been getting the supplemental $600 deposits on Sunday nights around 9:30 pm mostly. I had two Monday deposits at 9:30 as well. I was certifying on Thursdays at noon every week except this week which was Wednesday at 3.
      What day do you normally certify?

    4. I just got my first payment of unemployment today june 23rd. But havent got my 600$ did you have to wait until the following week to start getting that or did it just come right away

      1. What I think is happening the retroactive payment should post within 24 hours after you certify and get your weekly benefits . But I’m hearing it comes a week later. I feel when we certify both payments should post . But that’s not happening.

  38. I filed on April13th for regular unemployment benefits then got an email to answer some question and hit the submit button, then got another email that to expect an answer via US mail, have not received any info since and I also have been in the “Pending” status since, yes without any answers or money since April. I then figured why not re-file another application in June 3rd just in case of any glitch and since I did not recieve a confirmation number the first time around, why not, this time I got a confirmation number, but never received one during my original application back in April. I understand that there will be delays during this difficult time, but this is toooo unusual, 11 weeks? I worked in NY for part of the last 18 months and worked last here in NJ. Double whamy now they may have to get answers from NY before releasing any funds to me in NJ….so eesentially I am waiting on two states which may make this claim more difficult to resolve due to the GOV delays anyway…I have exhasuted all of my resources including Congressman from my district and Mayor from my town, so good luck everyone. I am grateful to lord for my health. I will keep hope up.

  39. When I will get the retroactive payments: both the $231 and $600, in NJ?
    What do I have to do to receive them?
    Thank you!

  40. I am a small business owner still closed due to the pandemic.. Filed for PUA on May 3rd but I, like a lot of people, are under the impression from I have been reading are entitled to retroactive benefits from the closure of our businesses. I believe would be the $600 a week from April 4th and the unemployment benefits from the closure of the business… I know this question has been raised already but has anyone heard or received retroactive payments? Grateful for any insight.

    1. I am in the exact same situation & my last day worked was march 5th but I did not file until May 3rd. I am emailing & calling but can not get thru. Have yoy learned anythibg yet?

    2. Joanne, people have been asking this question on here for weeks. This question continues to get ignored, I am not sure why.

  41. 6/17 and the $600 I get each week hasn’t hit my account yet. What’s up Again with Bank if America

    1. Me too and I have BA , but I received my regular unemployment direct deposit. Aren’t they on the same system?

  42. I filed April 26th just got my first pusha 600 on June 9 now on June 16 didn’t get a payment? Is this normal? Also why wasn’t my first payment for all 5 weeks of my $600 retroactive?

  43. I started being unemployed in March. I filed the claim in May and got approval for the unemployment in early June. But they only let me to certify 2 weeks in May. I did received the $600 and $208 for those two weeks. How can I receive the my retroactive payment from March to mid May? I thought “If you are eligible for PUA, you will receive retroactive unemployment benefits for the PUA program to Feb. 2, 2020, or whenever your business was impacted by COVID-19.” Do I need to contact them? or they will deposit lump sum amount later?

    1. This happened to me too, I got one week paid. My last day of work was 3/14/20, due to many reasons I didn’t apply until the end of May. I certified for benefits for the first time last week. I was not able to claim for the previous weeks. I spoke to someone at NJ unemployment today. She told me that since I certified for benefits already there was nothing they could do. If I didn’t certify they could redo my application so I could get the previous weeks pay. Please let me know if you get the same or different info.

      1. I keep calling and emailing, but no response at all. and this week, I cannot claim week ending 6/13. The website indicate the next payable week is 6/13, but it won’t let me to claim after 6/20. Do you know why? I thought i need to certify weekly. They change to bi-weekly now?

    2. same thing happened to me. I am unable to reach anyone by phone. I don’t see anyplace on the website to rectify this situation.

    3. I filed back in May and I didn’t know what was up when I went to file again I couldn’t because they said I had a open claim which I was a bit confused , however I received a phone call and was asked a couple questions and was paid back since me first filing in May , I received my weekly pay , and a lump some of retroactive pay as well. So you may get a lump some of the retroactive pay .

      1. How did you receive a call? I want to get connect with them. I sent couple emails and only got automatic responses. And the calls were never picked up.

  44. Going on 3 weeks now where I have not received the FPUC $600. I am certifying the same way I was when I was receiving the $600. What a disaster! Received it for 4 weeks, then not the next week, then got 2 weeks the following week and now nothing for 3 weeks. I’m at a loss

    1. I would reach out to them via email. I have reached out to them through email cause when calling you can’t never get through . When I reached out via email I got a response back and phone call

      1. I emailed them 2 weeks ago because I was not able to get through via phone. still have not heard back.

  45. I received $208 for a few weeks, then 1 lump sum of 3000 which people are saying is retroactive FPUC (the $600 payments). However, I haven’t gotten any of the weekly $208 backpay UI/PUA : “If you are eligible for PUA, you will receive retroactive unemployment benefits for the PUA program to Feb. 2, 2020, or whenever your business was impacted by COVID-19.”

    if anyone has any insight whether they have or have not gotten retroactive UI? not the $600 but the normal UI payments

    1. You have to manually certify for all of the back pay weeks. You must enter the date of the week emdong on a Saturday (every date should be a Saturday) from 2/2 til today . it took me a good 30 mins of certifying week after week than 9nce you get to the current week you’re good.. If you don’t do it you wont get paid.

        1. Yeah me too I’m owed retroactive, but also was only allowed to receive one week at a time never given a chance to claim the back weeks.
          It never said anywhere “Claim Additional Week”

        2. correct – I am due money from march and april — and I do not see a place to certify for back pay — even though when I completed the initial request, I indicated that I stopped working in march.

  46. My hours were reduced from 40 to under 32. I earn more than my amount allowed by unemployment so it brings regular unemployment down to zero. Am I still eligible for the $600 since it is due to the covid 19 and I work all hours offered?

  47. I haven’t recieved my $600 check for this week (June 7th). As of this morning the funds are not in my bank account. This is the second time I did not receive my check. I really need these funds until I return to work. Thanks.

    1. I have not received the $600 for this week yet and it’s friday. Anyone else still having problems?

      1. same here still not in account. Bank of america made statement saying technical issues but will be paid in 48 hours. Guarantee MANY of those $600 payments will be “lost” or take weeks to get. BOA is a DIRTY bank. Keeping Millions of NJ unemployed $600 turns out to be BILLIONS! The interest alone even just 2-3 days on 4-5 (maybe even 10 billion NJ had like 10mil+ unemployed right? ) Turns out to be millions! Where that $$ go?? Right to the bottom line. “Tech issue” that made BOA millions and we are sitting here waiting for $$ when they HAVE it in system just waiting for a simple computer code to transfer to accounts. These are little things big banks and business do all the time. When your talking HUGE amounts of money in the billions or damn across country maybe 100s of billions, BOA bottom line making millions everyday thay can come up with excuse to hold it. Thats why it takes 2 days to transfer funds its not for security this is 2020 u can buy a card at walmart with instant transfer its so banks can keep ALL transfer $$ for 24-48 hours and if Friday then 72 hours and make interest on literally EVERY SINGLE TRANSFER they hold.

      2. Same here. Now, it’s Monday and I didn’t receive my $600 from last week. And we can’t reach nobody by phone or email. It’s a shame.

  48. I need help. I filed a claim in April and received notice via mail on June 5th that I am eligible for EUC as of 3/29/2020. I also received emails on May 28th and May 30th from NJDOL stating “Your claim is being processed for payment of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and will be eligible for payment beginning the week of May 31.

    You are also eligible for an additional $600 per week through Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).

    On Friday, June 5, you may certify for your benefits, please carefully follow the instructions below. Answering these weekly certification questions differently than described in the instructions will delay payment.“. My problem is when I attempt to certify during my time I receive the following message after putting in my SS# and PIN
    New Jersey Internet Application for Claiming weekly unemployment insurance benefits:
    Your certification cannot be processed. Please call your local reemployment call center during regular business hours…….
    I cannot get through on the phone to speak to anyone and my emails are responded with generic responses to routine questions. I don’t know where to turn for help and I am afraid another week is gonna pass without resolution this Friday. Any suggestions?


      1. Make sure you are not logging in.. from the main page select Certify for weekly benefits, check the the schedule.. do not login first this will not work. Hope this helps!


    3. Hey Man im from North Jersey same issue i been calling 7327612021 for hours on end. I think it might have to do with updating your direct deposit. I just did mine maybe that was blocking it? I haven’t switched my account number in years… but prayers

    4. My wife has the same issue since July “14 Your certification cannot be processed”

    5. My wife has the same problem sice July 14 “Your certification cannot be processed. Contact Us
      For further assistance, please call the Reemployment Call Center during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm at the following numbers:”. hours on the phone and no answer
      any idea how to solve this

  49. Regarding the $600 payments not received today 6/8……They are claiming that that there was a maintenance problem over the weekend and we should expect out payments to be delayed a couple days….fingers crossed this is true!!!!

    Statement from the New Jersey Office of Information Technology (OIT) on Delays in Direct Deposits for Unemployment Benefits
    The State of New Jersey was notified that Bank of America is having an issue on their side processing certain direct deposit payments due to weekend system maintenance. Direct deposit customers who expected to receive their weekly payment via direct deposit may experience up to a two-day delay.

    1. Thanks Nancy. Updated post with this information. Clearly affecting lots of folks from NJ.

  50. Ditto. First week I did not receive the $600. I can not get through either. I heard in Florida the same thing happened before they changed it to biweekly and started deducting taxes. Who knows what this is? We are New Jerseyans and we are tough so whatever this is we will get through it. It would be nice if they posted something on the website to let us know though. If anyone gets any info please post.

  51. They may be trying to play catch up. I am not sure. I received the $600 from April 13th – May 18th with no problems. I did not receive it on Monday the 26th so I figured it was due to the holiday, but I did not get it that week at all. Then on June 1st, last Monday, I got a $1200 deposit. I checked my bank today, June 8th and no $600. I have been keeping track since my first payment. I assumed the April 13th payment was for the week ending March 29th which would put them 2 weeks behind. I am not sure how they are doing this. The weekly 600 is great but now it is a little inconsistent, and not sure how they are trying to fix this. Hope they figure it out soon.

    1. I have received the $600 every week since April 13th but all of a sudden today (June 8th) I checked my bank account and I didn’t get it. I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one but I hope they resolve this issue quickly because I depend on that money. If anyone gets the money for this week later in the week please let me know. I need some hope because right now I am stressing out!

      1. Update: just checked my account and the $600 is processing. I can sleep now knowing that I got it.

        1. That’s great. I still haven’t gotten mine, I should try to sleep, hope it Will be there in the morning

      2. I had the same issue this week.
        I certified for my regular benefits and received the normal UE but still have not received the Additional $600. Has this been resolved for you. I can’t seem to find any answers as to why this was not deposited and I could use some hope. Being out of work has left us short on bills as is and we can not lose this money right now as it plays a big part To pay our bills

    2. I have had the same thing but I did receive mine May 26th and nothing since. I’ve read that sometimes it goes in on Tuesday but mine have been constant on Monday’s. Keeping fingers crossed I do count on the 600 …….
      Hopefully the glitch will be fixed soon….
      I’ve been two weeks behind since this started…..

  52. I wonder if this has to do with all the new hires NJ had to incorporate…. according to them when you recertify an email will be sent to notify you when a deposit is made to your bank. I’ve been out of work since April 6th and received one email to that. Nothing is as it should be….. and I know people who’ve never had a problem with ui or the weekly stimulus?? Where is the accountability of checking that procedures are followed and people are being taken care of????? I just hope something is in place to keep track of retroactive payments…. Keep track of your time.Good Luck everyone…..

  53. I usually recieve both payments on Mondays, I got the regular payment but not the 600…my father did not get his either..I read that there is a glitch in the system. I have been receiving both since the first week of April..I am hoping that they fix the issue

    1. Yes – lots of people in NJ are reporting the same thing. I assume the DUI is working on this based on their social media updates

  54. Received last $600 payment on May 26th. So far it’s been a little over 2 weeks since last fed payment. State benefits still coming in though. Any updates?

    1. Same thing happened to me I can’t understand either . There is no way to find out anything…

    2. I didn’t get mine the week of Memorial Day, I received 1200 last Monday I assume 600 for last week and 600 make up for the prior week. Today I didn’t receive any payment.

      1. I have been receiving every Monday. My last being May 26th. I’ve been hearing of people getting all back pay but I don’t know what’s going on. I was hoping that the funds would be in this morning but nothing.

  55. I am a small business owner who has been shut down since the virus hit. In late April I found out I could file, so I did. However, now I have taken a new position in an company fulltime. Will I still get the pay for all the time I was out of work, I as I was just approved yesterday? When I file on schedule this Friday if its regarding the week of June 7th, I am working just now my business.? I cannot find answers on what to do anywhere.


    1. Same happen to me but I went online during my scheduled time and answered the questions and I got my unemployment

  57. I received my unemployment and extra 600 last three weeks 4th week I just received my unemployment I didn’t received extra $ 600 any one has any idea about this.

    1. I too have the same issue. I scoured the internet for an explanation. I’ll post an update. It’s been a little over 2 weeks

  58. Same thing with me, I was receiving the initial $600 for 5 weeks already together with my regular unemployment but on my 6th week, i haven’t received the $600 FPUC. Sad thing that that my regular unemployment is really NOT ENOUGH for all my bills. I did claim every week and answered the same questions. Strange that mostly of my co workers still got it and I am the only one who did’nt…. :((

      1. Yea I am still investigating but can’t find out anything…… it’s crazy I hear of people getting it all but a lot more not getting any of the 600 the last couple weeks… it’s happening all across the country

  59. My bf claimed 3 weeks owed to him for the first time on Friday and then another 5 weeks on Saturday. He received all 8 weeks paid for his weekly benefit rate and only received 3 weeks of $600/week on Monday. He’s still owed for 5 weeks of $600! Its Wednesday and still not deposited.. Grateful he got something but can’t call anyone to ask why it’s not here yet!

  60. I filed for unemployment March 20th because I was forloughed due to covid-19 on that day. I was told I was denied unemployment because I didn’t have enough work history (just started a new job). I appealed and was denied again. It’s been 11weeks with no response, money, or PUA status. When will I see some kind of money?

  61. Work in NJ, received weekly benefits with no problem. Was receiving the $600 PUA until two weeks ago. Haven’t received it since. It was hitting my bank on Monday morning. Can’t call anyone at NJ UE because the phones are either shut off or if it goes through, all lines are busy. Anyone know what’s going on?

    1. I have the same thing happen to me they owe me three weeks of the 600 and after I certify today it will be 4 weeks.
      I can’t get through and nothing returning in emails??????

  62. I am in NJ. I applied online April 2nd. Nothing but problems online and could not get through to anyone on the phone for a month and a half. Finally, somehow I got 185 one week and 600 the next week. This was a week ago but what about my retroactive payments that go back to APril 2nd…. Ive emailed the dept of labor in nj 3 times with a generic response that they are working hard and i’ve even emailed phil murphy …. HOPEFULLY, I will get all the back payment I am entitled to… Going almost 2 months with NO pay and bills is insane. I am grateful for the extra 600 but would rather go back to work as at least that pay is on time and guaranteed.

    1. Hi Kelly
      I filed 4/10/20, NJ.
      I still have not received my retroactive 600$ either. I’m owed four weeks. I too am grateful but I also am behind in my bills.
      When are we supposed to get this retroactive I
      Have emailed also and only get a generic response.
      Thanks Jeanne

  63. I’ve been receiving the $600 until the last 2 weeks. I’m reading that a lot of people having the same problem. My friends are still receiving it, so I thought that it was cuz my job was about to open on June 9th but my coworkers are still getting it

    1. I became unemployed march 8th, didnt know I could file for pua (i am self employed) until may 3rd so I opened a claim that day. I indicated my last day worked was march 5th but was only given retroactive payments going to the day I filed & not the date I became unemployed. I left several emails & can not get thru by phone. Has anyone else had this issue & if so have you had any luck getting the promised backdated weeks to when you became unemployed as it is clearly stated in numerous publications or at least get an answer as to what to do about it or at least why they are not following through on their claims to do so!!???


  65. My claim is about to expire on June 16. And I only have 2 weeks of money left. Do I have to open a new claim and even though I have no money left will I still be able to collect.

  66. I have been collecting for a week now I have received all my retro pay for regular unemployment but have not seen an extra 600 yet for any of the 5 weeks I collected this week how long does it take and what day is it normally deposited on ,

  67. How did you get retroactive ui and fpuc.
    I just started rec ui and only got paid for 1 week at a time. Should have rec from Mar 27
    Have not rec any 600 yet.

  68. I just received the payment of 5 weeks in total of benefits this week should I expect the same from the pua benefits? And if so how long after should I see the payments??

  69. I assumed I didn’t receive my 600$ due to the holiday. But even after I did not receive it. This is the first week I did not receive my 600.

      1. Just read that it takes roughly a week for the additional 600 to deposit after our regular unemployment deposit. I have not received mine either this past week. Hoping this is is accurate information or they forgot about us

    1. Same thing here in New Jersey. I’m getting the unemployment and the 600 every week but not this week. The unemployment came in but not the additional 600.

  70. Hi Andy. Great article, with great information. Thank you. I just wanted to add that not ONE person has been paid yet for the FEDERALLY FUNDED 13 week extension in the state of NJ. There are at least 70,000 of us STILL waiting. I have been waiting since March 15, so yes I have been 11 weeks with NO income. While I understand their 45+ year old system has been bombarded, there is NO excuse for it taking this long. People are losing their homes, cars, etc. and cannot buy food. Something is drastically wrong in the state of NJ, and it needs to be addressed and fixed. The handling of this Pandemic situation is totally unacceptable, and they do not seem to care that us people of NJ are suffering because of it.

    1. I was depending on my $600 today haven’t got it only my $208 reg and my rent is over due it’s the 8 the already and my landlord calling looking for rent I don’t have I don’t know what to do I can’t live off of $208 a week I don’t even want to answer my door and face this man just started get unemployment 3 weeks only since March so yes not first time late with rent what to do it’s imbaresing and scared to get thrown on the street .NJ needs to do something I’m sure I’m not the only one .

      1. Linda,

        My name is Thomas and I am having the same problem. I have gotten my 600 every Monday with no issues but today it did not come. I certify every Sunday according to my SSN. There is no info why the 600 did not come I’ve been searching everywhere. The only day it didn’t come on Monday was Memorial Day so it came the next day (Tuesday). If ANYONE has info on this and when it will come and why please respond thank you. -Thomas

  71. I’m receiving the initial $600 for 5 weeks already. But on my 6th week, i haven’t not received $600 yet. I did claim every week and answered the same questions. How can I chase up or get back the $600 for the 6th week

      1. Mike..
        Same thing here. Received it for 4 weeks…then missed a week, they sent 2 weeks the following week and now I’m on at least 2 weeks with nothing. Very frustrating

      1. Same. Was wondering why that is. I’ve received my 600$ every week prior until this week and I don’t know why . Assumed because of the holiday but didn’t receive anything the day after either .

        1. Does anyone know anyone that did receive the 600. I also did not get the 600 as well.

        2. I don’t know what they’re doing in New Jersey after my 600 and suddenly stopped now I received from the state in the mail a letter asking if I requested changing my status from direct deposit to debit card which I did not so now I have to call and it’s impossible to get through. Frustrating

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