Division of Temporary Disability and Family Leave InsuranceURL reading ( My Leave Benefits . NJ . Gov )

How Alternate Base Years are Calculated

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If your earnings during the regular base year do not meet the required minimum, we can review your gross earnings in two alternate base year periods to see if they are enough.

You may qualify for benefits if you worked at least 20 base weeks (these are weeks during which you earned at least $200), or earned at least $10,000 in any one-year period over the last 18 months.

You can't pick and choose which time periods you want to use to qualify.

After February 19, 2019-when you apply for Temporary Disability or Family Leave Insurance benefits, we have to see how much you've earned over the last 12 to 18 months. We look at two alternate base year periods, as outlined below, if your earnings during the regular base year period were not enough for a valid claim.