Family Leave During Unemployment - Benefit Calculation
Your monetary entitlement will be calculated and mailed to you. Your monetary determination will list all New Jersey subject employers for which you worked during the four calendar quarters of your base period and the wages they reported for you. You should review the monetary determination carefully as soon as you receive it. If you disagree with the indicated monetary entitlement, or if any employer information is incorrect or incomplete, you should file a written appeal.
Weekly Benefit Rate (WBR)
Your weekly benefit is 60% of your average weekly wage earned during your base period. For a family leave claim that begins in 2015, the maximum weekly benefit rate is $646. Benefits are paid for full calendar weeks, beginning Sunday and ending Saturday.
If you have an Unemployment Insurance or Disability During Unemployment claim and want to take family leave during the benefit year, you may be paid benefits against that claim. In general you will receive the same weekly benefit rate as you were receiving on your Unemployment Insurance or Disability During Unemployment claim. If you do not have a current Unemployment Insurance or Disability During Unemployment claim, the filing of a valid Family Leave During Unemployment claim will start a benefit year for you.
Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA)
You may receive up to six times the weekly benefit rate. You may receive no more than six weeks of Family Leave Insurance benefits in a 12-month period. The 12-month period is the 365 consecutive days starting on the first day of a valid first claim for Family Leave Insurance benefits.
The maximum you can collect in Unemployment Insurance, Disability During Unemployment and Family Leave During Unemployment benefits combined is one and one-half times the maximum benefit amount of your initial Unemployment Insurance or Disability During Unemployment claim.
If you do not qualify for the maximum weekly benefit rate, you may be entitled to a dependency allowance. Dependency benefits are payable at 7% of your basic weekly benefit rate for your first dependent and then at 4% for each of the next two dependents. (You may claim no more than three dependents.) If your spouse or civil union partner is employed during the week your claim takes effect, you are not eligible for a dependency allowance.
A “dependent” may be:
- an unemployed spouse or civil union partner;
- unemployed, unmarried children* under the age of 19;
- unemployed, unmarried children* under the age of 22 if attending a public or other nonprofit educational institution full time
You must provide proof of dependency.
You will be sent instructions on how to qualify and apply for dependency benefits after you file your claim.
*includes a stepchild or legally adopted child