Lesniak/Quijano bill would set 60-day deadline on jobless benefits cases

TRENTON – The backlog in dealing with appeals in jobless benefits cases has led to proposed legislation.

Sen. Ray Lesniak and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano said today they submitted legislation that would require a case to be ruled on within 60 days. If that deadline is not met, then the applicant would receive the unemployment benefits being sought.

“Six months without income – whether from a job, or from the unemployment insurance program that all working New Jerseyans pay into – could lead to cars being repossessed, homes being foreclosed upon, and other financial crises for the person in question,” Lesniak, (D-20), Elizabeth, said in a release.

Quijano, (D-20), Elizabeth, said, “At a time when our unemployment rate is among the worst in the nation, we should be doing more to help people receive the benefits they deserve and paid for through the UI deduction on their paycheck, and six months is simply unacceptable.” 

The legislators said constituent complaints alerted them to the problem.

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