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Ridgewood NJ, changing federal rules on eligibility requirements caused millions of workers across the country to become ineligible for pandemic unemployment compensation they previously received, generating the overpayments.
In New Jersey, as many as 250,000 people could be affected, a New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development spokesperson said. So far, 130,000 have received overpayment notices. That’s why the DOL recently joined the National Association of State Workforce Agencies in urging Congress to allow states to waive all non-fraudulent pandemic-related unemployment compensation overpayments.
Congress expanded federal unemployment benefits with the CARES Act in March 2020, the Continued Assistance Act in December 2020 and the American Rescue Plan in March 2021. Evolving federal guidance after the CARES Act, and eligibility changes brought about in the Continued Assistance Act, resulted in overpayments for claimants who received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits months before. The PUA program expired Sept. 4, 2021.
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