N.J. unemployment claimants should be spared lapse in benefits with quick signing of stimulus bill by Biden

Posted Mar 10, 2021

New Jersey residents collecting unemployment would likely be spared a lapse in benefits if President Joe Biden fulfills his promise to sign the new stimulus bill by the end of the week.

The House passed the massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill on Wednesday, and Biden said he’ll sign it on Friday. Under the bill, those on unemployment would receive an extra $300 a week through Sept. 6.

Claimants across the country were more likely to experience their benefits stopping if the new package wasn’t signed by Sunday, spokeswoman Angela Delli-Santi said in a statement to NJ Advance Media.

“We have been anticipating the additional relief, and monitoring its component parts closely, and we have been completing as much advance programming as possible,” she said, adding the department is “hoping for a seamless process for our claimants.”

The process wasn’t so seamless in January, when hundreds of thousands of claimants saw their benefit lapse after former President Donald Trump took an extra day to sign the second coronavirus relief package, which funds federal unemployment programs and the $300 supplemental checks through March 13.

The lapse left state labor departments scrambling to input new programming for an 11-week extension of those programs, and 75,000 New Jerseyans went weeks without receiving their unemployment checks. It took nearly six weeks, and some are still reporting problems certifying, though the Labor Department maintains those claims have unique issues.

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