Unemployment Benefits: 20 weeks extended and states catching up on claims

The great state of Georgia recently announced that their massive backlog of unemployment claims have finally been completed and that anyone filing for unemployment in the state can expect a 7-day window to receive approval.

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"Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler explained: “Any delays you are currently hearing regarding claims are not related to processing.”

Butler continued: “The claims that are taking a while are the ones where there is a disagreement about the separation reason between the employer and employee. This is similar to a court case traveling through the judicial system and appeals can be escalated all the way to the superior court. However, this can take time.”

Claiming that Georgia's unemployment system is once again approving applications at the same rate as before that thing out there threw a wrench in everything, waiting for 34 weeks.

The great state of Tennessee has provided some tips and tricks for ensuring that unemployment claims are successfully approved by state systems, even those outside the Volunteer State.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development spokesman Chris Cannon explained: “Unfortunately many claims, and we know it’s much too long, many claims do take a month or two to process.”

He continued: “Since this started, the state has received nearly 1 million claims for unemployment. That’s about more than a decade worth of unemployment in the last seven and a half months.”

Cannon suggests that claimants should pay close attention to every question asked, provide more than enough evidence and supporting documents, and to stay away from potential red flags by answering all questions truthfully.

In the great state of New Jersey, tens of thousands of citizens are now eligible for extended unemployment benefits thanks the the work of one woman.

Chrissy Ventre, found that when assisting her husband with his unemployment application, 1 word in the state’s documents would mean the end of unemployment funds on November 14th.

Federal law states that: “beneficiaries must have worked 20 weeks full-time during the base year of a claim or earned 40 times the unemployment weekly benefit rate” to earn 20 additional weeks of extended benefits.

But in New Jersey, Ventre discovered that instead of the “or,” which allowed her husband to be eligible due to not earring 40 times the rate, the law reads: “New Jersey law requires claimants to have worked 20 weeks full-time during the base year AND to have earned at least 40 times their weekly benefit rate.”

After reaching out to her state legislatures and pleading her case and so many others, she was able to change the state law, and potentially offer upwards of 100,000 New Jersey unemployment claimants an extra 5 months of benefits.

If you still haven’t applied for unemployment assistance, make your life a little easier and apply today.

Check out your state’s PUA or UI website, give them your employment history and supporting docs, and let them know that you’re currently out of work due to that thing out there.

For your work, you could be eligible to receive a backdated unemployment check for $10,000.

To all of the gig-workers, self employed, independent contractors, 1099 workers, even side hustlers,volunteers and freelancers, don’t miss out on your chance to get the PUA, and be sure to receive these amazing government unemployment benefits before they expire on December 31st."

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