Archive for Tag: unemployment

Unemployment claims would be processed within two weeks of filing under Dancer bill

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants unemployment claims processed more quickly. Dancer’s bill (A3436) would require the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development to process claims within two weeks of filing. Current law allows for three weeks. “During the government lockdowns, I had constituents who waited more than...

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Bill creating consumer watchdog to call government offices picks up Assembly sponsor

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis announced plans on Wednesday to introduce an Assembly version of a Senate bill creating a state Office of the Consumer to assess the responsiveness and accessibility of government agencies. She says introducing an Assembly version of Senate bill S2430 will give the measure...

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No plan, no appointments put One-Stop Career Centers on path to familiar disaster, warns Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn slammed the Labor Department’s lack of clear plans to address the demand for in-person unemployment assistance when the services return to the dozen of One-Stop Career Centers around the state on March 28. “On Monday, March 28, there is going to a lot of...

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DePhillips to introduce articles of impeachment against Labor Commissioner

TRENTON, N.J. – In addition to being in the hot seat at a Senate committee hearing on Thursday, N.J. Labor Department Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo could soon be out of a job. Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips is introducing a resolution to impeach Asaro-Angelo for failing to perform the duties of his...

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More Dept. of Labor deficiencies revealed by GOP lawmaker

TRENTON, N.J. – Following the Senate’s collective disgust at the N.J. Department of Labor’s unemployment failings on Thursday, Assemblyman Brian Bergen revealed another department deficiency – its inability to release a timely jobs report each month. “The incompetence and lack of communication from the state Department of Labor is...

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Hiding unemployment data, Murphy administration continuously lacks transparency

TRENTON, N.J. –  The state Department of Labor’s last press release concerning unemployment claims data was May 13. Since then, the department has been selectively tweeting the information every Thursday, except for yesterday. Replies were never very kind as people complained about how they couldn’t get the help they...

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Bramnick: Reopen unemployment offices now

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey is almost reopened with a glaring exception: unemployment and career service offices. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is calling for the immediate reopening of the offices with extended hours to resolve outstanding unemployment claims and match people out of work with available job opportunities. “Thousands...

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Hiding in plain sight, Murphy suppresses bad job numbers

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey did not release weekly unemployment claims last week for the first time since the unemployment skyrocketed at the beginning of the pandemic. Every Thursday the state Labor Department puts out a press release on weekly unemployment claims and how much recipients have been paid...

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Dunn introduces resolution requiring Labor Department to provide in-person unemployment services

TRENTON, N.J. – With Covid-19 vaccination numbers increasing, coronavirus cases decreasing and indoor capacity restrictions set to be lifted on May 19, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn introduced a resolution urging the governor to reopen all Labor Department facilities to in-person services. Labor Department offices and one-stop career centers have been...

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Assemblywoman investigates ‘broken’ unemployment system at shuttered state career center

TRENTON, N.J. – It is not just that New Jersey’s unemployment offices have been closed for almost a full year, it is that the system had been hobbling along long before the crisis hit. That is what Assemblywoman Aura Dunn discovered Thursday when she was let inside the shuttered...

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