TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senate Economic Growth Committee Chairman Raymond J. Lesniak and Senate Labor Committee Chairman Fred Madden which would require unemployment insurance appeals to be decided within 60 days – or else the applicant would receive the unemployment benefits for which they are appealing – was approved by the Labor Committee by a vote of 3-0, with two abstentions.
“Showing disdain for the unemployed, Chris Christie is making deserving New Jerseyans who lost their jobs wait six months to receive their unemployment benefits,” said Senator Lesniak, D-Union. “Never mind that the federal government requires – and previous administrations made sure – that unemployment appeals were decided within 45 days, and never mind the workers who lost their jobs paid into the unemployment trust fund during their employment. And never mind that the six month delay may cost the unemployed worker his home or health care insurance coverage, or force them to lose their car, force them to pull their kids from school, or force them into a position where their credit rating is all but destroyed.
“Governor Christie may not be concerned with the plight of unemployed New Jerseyans, but I’m concerned,” added Senator Lesniak. “S-2212 would require the State to make a determination on a person’s appeal within 60 days or pay unemployment benefits to the laid-off worker. Hopefully the New Jersey Department of Labor will take notice and do their job. They haven’t so far.”