Wednesday, July 6, 2011

DeAngelo & Barnes Bill to Ensure Unemployed New Jerseyans Understand & Obtain Their Jobless Benefit Signed Into Law

(Trenton) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo and Peter J. Barnes III to ensure unemployed New Jerseyans can understand and obtain their jobless benefits has been signed into law.

The law (A-3794) requires that the benefit instructions provided by each employer to a worker at the time the worker becomes unemployed include information on the time sensitivity of filing a claim for unemployment benefits.

"We must take advantage of every opportunity we can to keep out-of-work New Jerseyans afloat while the economy rebounds," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "We cannot turn our backs on a simple step like this and we must ensure workers who suddenly find themselves unemployed understand the basics of filing for vital assistance."

"Ensuring a worker who finds themselves turning to unemployment benefits understands the importance of a timely benefits filing is commonsense," said Barnes (D-Middlesex). "In these tough economic times, we don't want to see anyone lose benefits because rules were unclear."

The bill was signed into law Friday.

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