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Unemployment Insurance: New Jersey

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: John Sarno, Employer's Association of New Jersey


  • Most New Jersey employers are subject to the state's Unemployment Compensation Law. See Employer Coverage.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
  • Under certain circumstances, workers may not qualify for unemployment benefits. See Disqualification From Benefits.
  • Unemployment benefits will generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Employers have an opportunity to provide information that will be used to determine an individual's eligibility for benefits. See Filing Claims.
  • Employers must follow certain notice, posting and recordkeeping requirements under the unemployment compensation law. See Notice and Posting Requirements; Recordkeeping Requirements.
  • New Jersey offers the Shared Work Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See Shared Work Program.