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  • NJ A3438
  • Requires initial determination of unemployment benefits to be made within three weeks of filing of claim.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires the Division of Unemployment and Temporary Disability Insurance in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to make the initial determination of a claim for unemployment benefits and notify the claimant no later than three weeks from the date when the claim is received by the division. Under current law, the initial determination is required to be made "promptly," but no time period is specified. This bill is intended to speed up the payment of unemployment claims. Individuals who become unemployed are faced with a financial hardship, and rely on unemployment benefits to pay bills and meet daily expenses. Ensuring that the initial determination of benefits is made in a timely fashion will help them receive their benefits sooner.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Labor, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2017, c.163.  (on 7/21/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
7/21/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.163.
6/22/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (36-1)
6/22/2017 S Substituted for S1564 (1R)
6/1/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 *Revised 5/31/17 - S-2180 and S-2793 have been added. S-2490 (1R)
6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 A-320 (1R), A-1690 (ACS) and A-4587 (2R) are all pending referra)
2/27/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
2/15/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (66-4-0)
12/15/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
12/15/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 12/15/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
6/6/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
6/6/2016 Assembly Labor Hearing (10:00 6/6/2016 Committee Room 15, Fourth Floor)
3/7/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Labor Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 36 1 3
Detail 6/22/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S1564 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 13 0 0
Detail 2/15/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 66 4 10
Detail 12/15/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 7 2 2
Detail 6/6/2016 Assembly Labor Committee: Reported Favorably 6 2 1