Originally Posted by GVMEABRK
My question is that do I get penalized on unemployment benefits because I got a job? Meaning I took the job, but could have still collected if I didn't get the job. But now because I worked for 3 months they considered it an entire new claim and I lost the EB or EUC (not sure which tier I was in at the time) that I was receiving.
Do I have a right to appeal based on these details?
By my calculations, you collected 77 weeks before beginning work in May - 26 weeks state benefits, 51 weeks tier benefits. You should have two weeks EUC tier benefits remaining at most. You may want to check your records on that.
Normally, once your state benefits from the second claim are exhausted you are put back on what remains of your previous claim.
However, I am not clear if you would also qualify for 20 weeks EB on that first claim. In WI, we are clearly told if we open a new claim, our rights to EB on the previous claim are lost.
However, NJ, by state law, must pay EB if certain triggers are met - which in your state they are. So, NJ may handle this first claim/second claim issue differently.
Are you sure they are not putting you back on your old claim? Sometimes you are told you have no further benefits available when that is not the case.
Call or visit NJ unemployment and ask about that - the remaining two(?) weeks of Tier 4 and possible EB - all from your first claim.