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New Jersey Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to New Jersey.

 

Disability Insurance

Federal Disability Insurance (SSDI & SSI)
Social Security Administration
800.772.1213

State Disability Insurance & Paid Family Leave
New Jersey Division of Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance
609.292.7060

SSI State Supplement
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in New Jersey

Find your local SSA office

More Disability Resources

Bankruptcy

How to File Bankruptcy in New Jersey for Free

Filing bankruptcy can be an effective way to eliminate medical bills and credit card debt among other kinds of erasable debts.

Employment

Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
800.669.4000
info@eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243

State Fair Employment Agency
New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, Division on Civil Rights
609.292.6000

Vocational Rehabilitation
New Jersey Department of Human Services
973.648.7504

More Employment Resources

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Agency: New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Information and filing available here. A step-by-step guide for applying is available here. Claimants can also file by phone: North New Jersey 201-601-4100; Central New Jersey 732-761-2020; South New Jersey 856-507-2340; out-of-state  888-795-6672 (you must call from a phone with an out-of-state area code); New Jersey Relay 711. Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. Payment is available via debit card or direct deposit. Claimants must make at least one job search contact per week when claiming benefits and must keep a record of the job search. A comprehensive guidebook is available in English and Spanish. Frequently asked questions are answered here. Customer service can be reached by email.

Updates related to New Jersey unemployment benefits and Covid-19, and the Families First Corona Virus Response Act.

There is a printable guide for the overlap of various leave benefits (such as FMLA, unemployment, and state Earned Sick Leave benefits) here and here. It is also available in Spanish.

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

NJ has a voluntary consensus agreement which applies to nine insurers all of whom are members of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans.  Accordingly, routine health costs coverage is limited to Phase I, II, and III of cancer clinical trials taking place within the state.  A trial qualifies for coverage is if it authorized or approved by one of the following:  (1) NIH, including cooperative group trials and trials at NCI cancer centers, (2) U.S. F.D.A., (3) U.S. Dept. of Defense, or (4) U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. (Updated 6/2011)

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Paid Family Sick Leave

  • Who’s eligible? Employees who worked 20 calendar weeks in a base year. Additionally, employees must have earned $168 or more per week or $8,400 or more during the base year.
  • Who can be cared for? A family member with a serious health condition. Family member includes a child, spouse, domestic partner, civil union partner, or parent.
  • How much time is given? 6 weeks.
  • How much is paid? Benefits are based on the employees average weekly wage, up to $615/week.
  • How do I apply? Online, by mail (Division of Temporary Disability Insurance) or by phone at (609) 292-7060.