Shutdown Fallout: Which Furloughed State Workers are Eligible for Unemployment?

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State government workers who were furloughed during the recent shutdown are being notified about unemployment insurance claims.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are debating whether or not the 35,000 state government workers who were not allowed to work during the shutdown should be compensated for their lost wages and how the government would go about repaying them.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto called for Christie to authorize the back pay without having a final decision from others, while Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo suggested that lawmakers may have to pass a bill.

The New Jersey Labor Department says that employees with a gross pay of more than $812 for the week beginning on July 2nd are not eligible for unemployment benefits.

Employees who qualify will need to apply online by Saturday, July 8th.

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