New Restrictions On Tap For N.J. Jobless Benefits

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It could soon be more difficult for some unemployed to collect jobless benefits in New Jersey.

The state Labor Department has proposed rule changes that would tighten unemployment eligibility for workers who quit or who are fired for misconduct.

The changes create a tiered system for misconduct cases that would prohibit the payment of unemployment benefits or extend the wait period before benefits are paid.

A public hearing on the proposal is set for Friday.

The changes would save the state an estimated $150 million to $175 million a year.

New Jersey’s unemployment insurance fund is $1.7 billion in the red to the federal government.

The unemployment rate is 9.2 percent.

Assembly Republican leader Alex DeCroce told business owners on Tuesday benefits should be reduced as an incentive to get people to find jobs.

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One Comment

  1. aldous huxley says:

    Very scary. And VERY wrong.

    Since unemployment benefits cost the employer, more businesses will be looking to have people qualified as a “misconduct” firing. This will be abused by business to save money. I have no doubt of this.

    Every story you read is just another way to squeeze the average Joe.

    Come on folks … torches & pitchforks time … when is enough enough?!?

  2. Mark Canevaro says:

    While this sounds good and should be seen as an option…I have seen friends get wrongfully fired and needed benefits to survive. This has to be looked at carefully. He is an idea…hire the unemployed to work at the nightmare called ZANADU.

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