Employer Handbook - Table of Contents
An employer's guide to New Jersey's unemployment, disability, and workforce development programs.
General Employer Information
NJ-927 Contribution Report & WR-30 Wage Report
Appeals of Benefit Determinations
Temporary Disability Insurance
Family Leave Insurance
Chapter I: Employer Taxes and Wage Reporting
…explains the record-keeping obligations of all New Jersey employers, whether or not they are subject to the Unemployment Compensation Law.
…details the information that subject employers must provide on Form WR-30, “Employer Report of Wages Paid,” as well as the increased penalties for failure to complete and return such reports in an accurate and timely manner.
…describes the criteria used in determining tax liability, lists exclusions from coverage, and provides information as to when liability may be terminated.
Determination of Liability
Multiple State Employment
Additional exemptions from coverage (public & nonprofit institutions)
Right of appeal
Termination of liability
…defines wages that are taxable for unemployment and temporary disability insurance purposes. This section also details new tax rates for both employers and workers, and explains reports, deadlines, penalties and tax credits.
Special Reimbursable Accounts
Instructions for filing the Quarterly Contribution Report (NJ-927) and Submitting Payments
Due dates of reports
Penalties for failure to file reports
Adjustment to Reports
Credit against the Federal Unemployment Tax
…explains the computation of the employer’s basic and subsequent experience rates for unemployment insurance coverage. This section also describes the temporary disability insurance tax rate, which differs from unemployment insurance rate formulas.
Employer unemployment tax rate
Unemployment Trust Fund reserve ratio
Employer's reserve ratio
Experience Rating Tax Table
Unemployment Insurance Contribution Rates
Benefit charges to employer accounts
Employer disability insurance rate
Excess or deficit reserve balance percentage
Adjustment of preliminary rate
State disability benefits fund
Disability benefit charges
Transfer of experience rating
Worker contribution refunds
…details the unemployment insurance “reimbursement option” available to non-profit organizations.
…answers common questions about how to prepare for an audit and what to expect during and after an audit.
Why are audits performed?
How are employers selected for audit?
How much time will the audit take?
What if I cannot provide records on the scheduled audit date?
Must I be available at the time of the audit?
Records to be examined
Why is the auditor examining records and documents in addition to payroll records?
Can I refuse to provide records to the auditor?
Payment of additional liability
Independent Contractor issues
What if I have other questions regarding the audit?
… explains the Seven different assessments levied on New Jersey employers according to various statutes. These assessments are billed annually in July.
Temporary Disability Insurance Assessments
…explains the additional assessments for which employers subject to the Temporary Disability Benefits Law are liable.
Chapter II: Unemployment and Disability Insurance Benefits
… explains how the employer must contact the Division of Unemployment Insurance.
…explains the unemployment benefit claim system, from the claimant’s initial application through the determination of eligibility. This section also deals with unemployment fraud and the roles of both the employer and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development in combating it.
Basic eligibility requirements
Amount of benefits
Additional claims for benefits
Relief of benefit charges for disqualifying separations
New Hire Cross-Match
… explains the Extended Benefits program and the requirement for benefit eligibility.
… explains the appeal process, which protects the rights of an employer or claimant who disagrees with decisions or determinations made by the Division.
… deals with the temporary disability insurance program which, although similar to the unemployment insurance system, differs from it in concept and implementation.
Average weekly wage
Weekly benefit amount
Total benefits payable
Limitation of benefits
Nonduplication of benefits
Disability Fraud Hotline
Delinquent Wage Requests
Disability Benefit Charges
Federal tax deductions
Right of appeal
DABS - Disability Automated Benefits System
Disability During Unemployment (4f)
… covers private plans for disability insurance coverage, explaining the rights and responsibilities of employers who elect to offer private coverage to their employees.
… contains information on the paid Family Leave Insurance program, which became effective July 1, 2009.
Chapter III: Workforce Development
… describes the services and programs available thru One-Stop Career Centers to help employers recruit staff.
… describes the employment and training services provided by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to prepare unemployed workers for today’s jobs.
… describes services offered by the Office of Grants Operations and the Office of Employer Services.
… contains samples of forms mentioned in this handbook
... lists contact information for offices dealing with employer concerns.