After you apply for unemployment benefits, online or by phone, you will receive several different pieces of mail from us. Most likely, the mailings will come on different days so don't worry if you don't receive everything at once.
Below is a list of the mailings you may receive:
- Notice to Claimant of Benefit Determination - If you have had any employment in New Jersey during your base year period (the period of time used to calculate your benefits), you will receive this form. It will show you the amount of money you may collect each week (Weekly Benefit Rate) and the total amount of money you may be entitled to collect during the one-year period that the claim is in effect (Maximum Benefit Amount). If you did not earn enough to qualify for a claim, zeros will be listed in the amount blocks. (For an explanation of the base year period, click here. For an explanation of how your benefit amounts are calculated, click here ).
This notice will also have a listing of employers you worked for, the base weeks you worked, and the wages that were paid to you during the period used to determine your benefits. You should review the information contained on this form; and if the base weeks or wages are wrong or if employers are missing, you should file an appeal. Instructions for filing an appeal are on the form.
- Notice of Invalid Claim - If you have had no employment in New Jersey during the base year period or if your unemployment claim is determined invalid for some other reason [for example, you were a corporate officer or you were not authorized to work by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)], you will receive this form. The notice will list the reason your unemployment claim is invalid. If you disagree with the determination, you should file an appeal. Instructions for filing an appeal are on the form.
- Unemployment Insurance Instructions and Appointment Notice - This form contains instructions on how and when to claim your benefits. It also includes a list of any scheduled appointments.