The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands eligibility for unemployment insurance to many individuals who previously could not get those benefits, including the self-employed, independent contractors and “gig” workers.
Because the law is so new, states only just received guidance on how to implement the federal law and are still developing the exact process. Nevertheless, the New Jersey Department of Labor is directing individuals in those categories to apply now .
Those applications will likely be denied. But that is also part of the process, officials said.
“If you are denied, you can always file ...