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  • Apr 27, 2020 05:40 PM
    Last: 2mo
    Well put. I'd also like to add that there are 11 states that will only let you register in-person or by mail. With COVID-19 restrictions going on, it may make the in-person way an obstacle.
  • Apr 24, 2020 04:37 PM
    Last: 15d

    Did you include the 1099's and or the amount on them with the unemployment application?

    Also, one thing I did find on your state's site:

    If you are not eligible for a Regular Unemployment claim, we WILL make a determination for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. All you have to do is continue to file for your weekly benefits currently. We will ask additional questions once the program is fully implemented. This is expected the week of April 13, 2020.

  • Apr 21, 2020 04:48 AM
    Last: 3mo
    Didi Wrote: Yes, this is in California z I did everything online. But I got the letter and sent it with a copy of my ID And three other documents from list B, w2 included.

    How long ago did you send the letter? From what I'm seeing on the EDD site, you should receive your card between 3-5 business days, give or take a couple of days depending on how busy they are.

  • Apr 21, 2020 04:26 PM
    Last: 3mo
    Bill Wrote:
    J.K.Logic Wrote: What state are you filing in? It can vary per state.
    NJ. And I'm a healthcare worker. Do i just request a leave of absence in writing?

    Just found something on NJ's site. I underlined the info pertaining to your situation. Also included some other info you might be curious about. I would notify your employer as soon as possible. Either by telling your boss/supervisor, or by getting in contact with your HR department. The mode of which you file your request would depend on your company's policy. They may have a form for you to fill out. I'm sure either or both will be versed in accommodating your needs.

    • Emergency childcare leave applies to leave taken between April 1st and December 31st, 2020, and applies to employees who have been employed 30 or more days; applies to full-time, part-time, and self-employed/“gig” workers.

    • Where leave is foreseeable, an employee should provide notice of leave to the employer as soon as practicable.

    • Employers pay employees for this time away from work.

    • An employee may use it when they are unable to work or telework because they need to care for a son or daughter under the age of 18 if the child’s school or place of care has been closed, or the child care provider is unavailable, due to a public health emergency.

    • For employees who work for an employer with 25 or more employees, their job is protected if they take this leave. For employers with less than 25 employees, the employer must take reasonable efforts to restore the employee to an equivalent position.

    • The law applies to unionized employees.

    • The first 10 days of emergency childcare leave may be unpaid. The employee may use other employer-provided paid leave (including emergency paid sick leave and/or NJ earned sick leave) for those days, but an employer cannot require it.

    • The emergency childcare leave is provided under the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides eligible employees who work for a covered employer up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period, for specified family and medical reasons. The emergency childcare leave is not in addition to these 12 weeks of FMLA, it is solely an additional use under this law, and expires December 31, 2020.

  • Apr 22, 2020 12:24 AM
    Last: 3mo
    Agreed. Just looked through the state site myself, as well as some other ones. When is your next unemployment check coming in? Also, when it comes to the appeal hearing, do you have any witnesses (coworkers who can support your case) who will attend?
  • Apr 21, 2020 05:59 PM
    Last: 3mo
    Good point. Have any of the states switched to a different system altogether? I know it would increase the delays in the short term, but in the long term, it may be a good thing. Or are all states just trying to fix an antiquated system that's being severely taxed.
  • Apr 21, 2020 05:59 PM
    Last: 3mo

    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are having problems applying for unemployment, and/or they aren't able to get in touch with their state's unemployment department when they need to have a specific question answered. Wait times have been exceptionally long. For example, Pennsylvania's state unemployment site has said that it could take up to 12 days to get a response. Many states are still using outdated systems that are based on computer languages such as COBOL which is over 60 years old. It's large enough of an issue to where New Jersey's governor has expressed need for computer programmers that know the language. All that being said, what are some alternative ways one can get the help they need?

    Some state's unemployment offices have hired more call center workers in response to the issue of long wait times and no call backs. They've also extended phone and web service times. Many states have recommended that people call in off-peak hours, which is essentially at night in some states.

    One tool I found was DoNotPay. It is an app and website that not only helps you file for unemployment, but it also helps you get extensions on bills, waive late fees, fight parking tickets and cancel subscriptions. It's $3 a month, and they use a chatbot to help you fill out your unemployment application, and then they send it to your state's unemployment office. You pay for the service using your bank account. They use the same platform as Venmo and other apps that use Plaid. This might be worth looking into. If you can't afford the $3 a month, they do have an option where you can apply to have the fee waived.

    If you've been waiting for days or weeks for a response or application approval, I've read where sending an email to your state representative can be effective. For instance, it takes up to 12 days for PA's DOL to respond, and yet PA's Reps have answered 11,300 emails in just one day. I found a website where you can look up your state legislator by typing in your address. I think this is definitely something to consider, especially if you've been waiting weeks.

    What are some other tips people recommend?

  • Apr 07, 2020 02:56 PM
    Last: 3mo

    Texas is not waiving its one week waiting period. They suggest you call in at staggered times of the day, depending on your area code. Typical wait time from application to getting benefits is usually four weeks. That's under normal circumstances. So expect it to be at least several days or maybe a few weeks longer than that.

    Texas update: Gov. Greg Abbott has instructed the TWC to waive the first waiting week requirement.

    The waiting week is the first payable week of an individual’s claim for Unemployment Benefits. Under normal circumstances, TWC cannot pay for the first week of a claim until an individual receives two times their weekly benefit amount and returns to full-time work or has exhausted their benefits. However, by waiving the waiting week, Gov. Abbott has provided the opportunity for TWC to provide immediate relief to Texans who need it.

  • Apr 16, 2020 05:02 PM
    Last: 2mo
    Bill Beebe Wrote: Both my wife and I get SSI benefits with direct deposit so shouldn't that have been used to deposit the funds into our account?
    Yes, they will use that information to disperse your checks. The lump sum amount owed to both of you might actually be deposited in just one of your accounts instead of distributed to each of your individual accounts. That's what happened with my wife and I even though we aren't on SSI benefits. I don't see why they wouldn't do the same for you and your wife.
  • Apr 16, 2020 05:02 PM
    Last: 2mo
    bryce28 Wrote: Thanks for the info! This is good news. Has anyone seen a situation where this wouldn't be true? I guess we will find out soon as they are going to start depositing stimulus checks for those getting Social Security, SSDI, RRB and SSI beginning next week through early May.

    It seems like the payment method for those receiving government benefits is pretty straightforward, and I hope it is easier for them than it has been for others lately.

    “Recipients will generally receive the automatic payments by direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their SSI benefits,” the IRS says. If you use a Direct Express debit card and are claiming the extra $500 per qualifying child, the IRS said “additional information will be available soon” explaining how to claim those children via the IRS’s online portal. (The IRS did not immediately respond to TIME’s question about when that information will be made available.)

    It makes me wonder when they'll make that info available as well.