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Old 12-04-2009, 03:27 AM
 
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Nancy pelosi said that unemployment extensions would more than likely be added into a omnibus spending bill and not the Jobs bill due to the possible long wait for the jobs bill to get any play in the senate. The omnibus spending bill is due by the end of the year

 
Old 12-04-2009, 12:30 PM
 
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just to reinforce the whole Unemployment/Omnibus Spending Bill, from CNBC today...
Pelosi said the jobs measure would come on top of a "safety net" initiative that would again extend unemployment payments for those whose benefits have run out and renew a program that offers the jobless a 65 percent subsidy for health insurance premiums under the COBRA program. The safety net measure, while costly, is expected to pass later this month as part of an unrelated spending bill, but the jobs legislation is likely to have to wait until next year.
 
Old 12-04-2009, 03:07 PM
 
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I am in NJ and my initial 26 weeks expires on January 2, 2010. Worst case, will I be eligible for EB in NJ or am I shut off unless 4183 is passed? Thanks!
 
Old 12-04-2009, 03:28 PM
 
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Dexter0903, you should be eligible for EB in 2010 (worst case scenario if the deadlines for the extensions are not passed by the end of the year). If you were fired from your job for misconduct or if you refused suitable work on your regular unemployment insurance claim, then there is a strong possibility that you would not qualify for EB. Just so you know, if the deadlines for all of the extensions are not extended, then EB will still be available and able to be started in 2010....
This link offers a lot of answers to many NJ unemployment extension questions:
Department of Labor and Workforce Development | Unemployment Benefit Extensions
 
Old 12-04-2009, 03:31 PM
 
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Thank you ESHambone,
I was laid off for lack of new business (I'm in sales) and my initial claim ends Jan 2, 2010 so I guess I jump right to EB. Why are so many people saying that they won't get any extensions other than the initial 26 weeks when there is EB for us here in NJ?
 
Old 12-04-2009, 03:41 PM
 
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Dexter0903, a lot of people do not know that EB will still be in place in NJ and able to be started in 2010 if the deadlines for the extensions are not extended (even many workers at NJ Unemployment do not know about it, sadly). You see, NJ is one of only 12 states that has a written provision into its state law that NJ must pay out EB if the Total Unemployment Rate hits 6.5% or above. The deadline regarding EB that ends at the end of the year (if it is not extended into 2010) is how EB will be funded. Right now and until the end of the year, EB is 100% federally funded (usually it is 50% state funded and 50% federally funded), but if the deadline for EB is not extended into 2010, then EB will either be 50% funded by the state and 50% funded by the federal government or perhaps it will be 100% funded by the state. Either way, EB must be paid out here in NJ if the TUR is 6.5% and up..
 
Old 12-04-2009, 03:43 PM
 
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ESHambone,
Excellent info, and you are right, I went to the UI office in Morristown about a month ago and she said that there are no extensions that she knew of after December!
 
Old 12-04-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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Yup Dexter0903, most, but not all workers, at NJ Unemployment are pretty much clueless about the extensions, plus I suspect maybe the state of New Jersey does not want the unemployed to know about all of the extensions/options available to them thinking that it might prevent some people from actually looking for a job. That may be their logic tho not mine...
 
Old 12-04-2009, 05:05 PM
 
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Question,

If they don't know it's available (EB) how do we go about getting it? Do the forms come automatic to us?
 
Old 12-04-2009, 05:21 PM
 
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Fundamentals, since everything is computerized, the forms/EB determination letters should be sent automatically in 2010. I just meant that most of the workers in the offices are pretty much clueless about the extensions....
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