The maximum weekly payment for temporary disability and family leave insurance benefits for 2010 has been increased from $546 per week to $561 per week, pursuant to regulations promulgated by the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) on December 21, 2009. Likewise, the maximum 2010 weekly unemployment benefit has been increased from $584 per week to $600 per week. These 2010 rates represent a 2.7 percent increase over the 2009 rates and were intended to track the upward trend of wages in the state’s economy, thus preserving the real purchasing power of the benefits. The regulations also raised the amount of earnings required in 2010 to establish a “base week” for an individual’s claim for State Plan temporary disability and family leave insurance benefits, as well as for unemployment purposes.
The NJDOL provided us with the following chart comparing 2010 rates and requirements for Unemployment Insurance, Disability During Unemployment, Family Leave During Unemployment, State Plan Temporary Disability Insurance, and State Plan Family Leave Insurance.