LETTER – Gov. signs Webber bill allowing veterans to claim unemployment benefits online

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Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber that streamlines the unemployment application process for veterans was signed on Monday by Governor Christie. Webber’s bill (A-3606) allows out-of-work veterans to claim unemployment insurance benefits online.

“Veterans will now be treated just like everyone else in New Jersey,” said Webber (R-Morris). “There’s no reason to require vets to apply in person or wait on hold on the phone when their friends and family members can certify their claims online. The technology is available. This is a common sense measure that will help the men and women who honorably served our nation.”

Currently, veterans, former employees of the federal government, and people who have been employed outside the state are unable to file online because the Department of Labor and Workforce Development do not have access to their work records. That will change soon because of this legislation.  The state website to open a claim or to certify weekly benefits is available at https://njsuccess.dol.state.nj.us/html/uimain.html .

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