Collecting Unemployment While Waiting for Social Security Disability

Posted on: June 2nd, 2013

A frequently asked question is whether a person may collect unemployment while pursuing a Social Security Disability claim. Unfortunately, this is a complicated issue.   Suppose you have been terminated from your employment but you have some medical conditions that limit your ability to work. To qualify for unemployment in New Jersey you must be physically and mentally capable of working. You must be actively seeking work, which is defined as making contact with three potential employers each week. Is there some type of work you could do consistent with your limitations? If you cannot honestly answer “yes,” then you should not be applying for unemployment. Consider applying for New Jersey State Temporary Disability.  Keep in mind that State Disability runs for only 26 weeks, and there are no extensions. According to Social Security Administration policy, the receipt of unemployment benefits does not preclude the receipt of Social Security Disability benefits. The receipt of unemployment is only one factor that must be considered in determining.

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