New Jersey unemployment regulations have been expanded to help more residents in this time of national crisis. If you are an individual who has become unemployed, you are likely eligible for unemployment compensation if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Full time employees who have lost their employment through no misconduct of their own.
  • Independent contractors, freelancers and “gig workers” who have lost their jobs.
  • Part-time workers who have lost their jobs,
  • Individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus or have been ordered to quarantine or need to care for a family member who has been diagnosed and can no longer work.
  • Individuals who rely on schools, day cares, adult day cares and other facilities to care for their children or elderly relatives that have been shut down because of the coronavirus.
  • Individuals who are unemployed, had their salaries cut or unable to work because their employer has closed down and they have been laid off or furloughed.

For additional information about New Jersey’s unemployment compensation benefits during the Coronavirus pandemic, please visit the NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development website here:

The new Federal CARES Act temporarily expands the amount of unemployment compensation benefits that are available to NJ residents. Between now and July 31, 2020, NJ residents will receive an additional $600.00 in addition to their state unemployment compensation benefits.

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As with state benefits, the new CARES act unemployment compensation benefits have been expanded to cover individuals who have not traditionally been covered, including: self-employed, independent contractors, “gig workers” and temporary employees.

If you have been unemployed for a while and have exhausted your unemployment compensation benefits under the state system, you will be eligible for an additional $600 dollars between now and July 31, 2020, from the Federal government. These benefits will be processed through the NJ unemployment insurance program.

Please bear in mind that the CARES Act creates a new category of unemployment and states, including New Jersey, are struggling to update their unemployment systems. As such, you may encounter some delays in receiving benefits.

The information contained in this article is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. If you need help with a specific legal problem, contact a qualified attorney or feel free to contact Fred Shahrooz Scampato or David Rostan, attorneys who focus their practice in the field of employment law.  Fred can be reached at (908) 301-9095, by email at or by visiting his website David can be reached at (973) 520-8301, by email at or by visiting his web site