Wage Requirements - Disability During Unemployment
In order to have a valid claim for disability, you must have had at least 20 base weeks in covered New Jersey employment during the base period. A base week is a week in which an individual earned a minimum of $168 OR any week (up to 13 weeks) in which the claimant is separated from employment due to a declared state of emergency during the base year.
If you do not meet the minimum weekly requirements, you may still be eligible for benefits if you earned a minimum of $8,400 in covered employment during the base period.
The regular base period is the first four quarters of the last five completed quarters prior to your date of claim. If you have a valid unemployment claim and your disability began during the benefit year of that claim, the date of claim used by unemployment will be used on the Disability During Unemployment claim. If you do not have a valid unemployment claim that can be used, the date of claim will be the Sunday of the week in which you became disabled according to your medical certification.
Alternate Base Period
If you do not have 20 base weeks or have total earnings of at least $8400 during this Regular Base Period, you may still have a valid claim if you meet one of the following criteria:
Alternate Base Period #1: The four most recently completed calendar quarters before the date of claim.
Alternate Base Period #2: The three most recently completed calendar quarters prior to the date of the claim and the weeks in the filing quarter up to the date of claim.