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Moen on Legislation Helping to Streamline Unemployment Compensation Administration Becoming Law

(TRENTON) – Aiming to address the major backlog of unemployment cases at the New Jersey Department of Labor during the pandemic, legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Bill Moen was signed into law on Monday to provide greater oversight and ensure eligible New Jersey residents receive their unemployment benefits in a timely manner.

Under the law (formerly bill A3810/S2396), the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development will be required to issue annual reports on the department’s performance. If an acceptable level of performance is not met, the report will be required to include an evaluation of the causes of the deficiencies and a plan to correct them.

Upon the bill becoming law, Assemblyman Moen (D-Camden, Gloucester) issued the following statement:


            “New Jersey families who are trying to navigate the unemployment system don’t have time to waste. They need access to their unemployment benefits so they can afford to keep food on the table and pay their bills during trying times.

            “At the height of the pandemic, thousands of unemployment cases were backlogged leaving our residents without their benefits for weeks on end. This breakdown of services was entirely unacceptable and it cannot happen again. By establishing new reporting requirements we will be able to hold the Department of Labor accountable and take steps to streamline the administration of unemployment benefits.”