Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for independent contractors
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced that recipients of federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance — the self-employed, independent contractors and others who are not usually eligible for unemployment insurance benefits — will start being notified of their PUA eligibility today, and the Department will begin making payments Friday.
Key provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act
The House passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
- Information on Direct Payments to Individuals here.
- Information on Extended Unemployment Compensation here.
- Information for Small Businesses here.
- For information on SNAP and other anti-hunger programs click here.
- A list of regional food pantries and soup kitchens in the 12th District can be found here.
If you are sick with the Coronavirus/COVID19 or quarantined or caring for a child under 18 but your employer has not previously offered paid sick leave, you may be eligible for up to two weeks (80 hours) of paid sick leave, with a maximum daily pay of $511/day. (This is paid to you by your employer who is then reimbursed by the federal government.) More information .
You can also use your paid New Jersey sick leave (up to 40 hours). More information
If a member of your family is sick or quarantined or a child under 18 is home but your employer does not offer paid family leave you may be eligible for up to two weeks of paid Family Leave at 67% of your current salary, up to a maximum of $200/day. (This is paid to you by your employer who is then reimbursed by the federal government.)
You may also be eligible for an additional ten weeks of paid Family Leave to care for a child under 18 at 67% of your current salary, up to a maximum of $200/day. (This is paid to you by your employer who is then reimbursed by the federal government.) More information
New Jersey also has family leave insurance. More information
If you can’t work because your employer was ordered to close: You can use your sick leave first and then apply for unemployment compensation. More information
If you can’t work because your employer voluntarily closed: You may be eligible for unemployment compensation.
If you still have a job but are losing hours because of Coronavirus: You may qualify for partial unemployment benefits. More information
If you won’t work because a health care provider has deemed you high-risk: You can use your sick leave and you may qualify for temporary disability insurance. More information.
If you have the Coronavirus or symptoms of it and can’t work: You would have to use your own earned sick leave. If you use all of your sick leave, you may be able to apply for temporary disability insurance.
If you were exposed to the Coronavirus through your work and were told to self-quarantine: You may be able to use your sick leave or apply for workers’ compensation. More information
If you were exposed to Coronavirus outside of work and were told to self-quarantine: You can use sick leave.
Can an employee be required to perform work outside of the employee’s job description? Yes, this is true whether the work asked of the employee is listed in the employee’s job description. More information
May an employer encourage or require employees to telework (i.e., work from an alternative location such as home) as an infection control strategy? Yes. An employer may encourage or require employees to telework as an infection-control or prevention strategy. More information
Do employers have to pay employees their same hourly rate or salary if they work at home? Not necessarily. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic
The following information and links will give more information on how to apply for Unemployment and Earned Sick Leave Benefits in NJ.
If your place of employment has a forced or voluntary closure due to Covid19 you could be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits (UI): A claim would need to be filed online, and the benefits amount would be determined through available wage records. More information
Professional Services Group of Mercer County has moved its weekly job-seeker sessions online.
Princeton Food Resources
Arm in Arm — 61 Nassau St. 609-396-9355, Mondays-Thursdays, 1:30-4 p.m.; pre-packaged food bags.
First Baptist Church — 119 John St.; 609-924-0877; Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m.; hot meals
Princeton Mobile Food Pantry — 2 Clay St.; Fridays, noon; pre-packaged food bags.
Jewish Family and Children Services, 707 Alexander Road, 609-987-8100; appointment only; food pantry