Benefit Calculation - Disability During Unemployment
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 amount is 60% of your average weekly wage earned during your base period. For a disability that begins in 2016, the maximum weekly benefit rate is $615. Benefits are paid for full calendar weeks, beginning Sunday and ending Saturday.
If you have an unemployment insurance claim and become disabled while unemployed during the benefit year, you may be paid Disability During Unemployment benefits against that claim. In general you will receive the same weekly benefit rate as you were receiving on your unemployment insurance claim. If you do not have a current unemployment insurance claim, the filing of a valid Disability During Unemployment claim will start a benefit year for you.
Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA)
You may receive one week of benefits for each base week you worked in your base period, up to a maximum of 26 weeks. As of January 1, 2016, a base week is a week with earnings of at least $168 OR any week (up to 13) in which the claimant is separated from employment due to a declared state of emergency during the base year.
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