NJ Unemployment benefits pended, is this due to my 401K withdrawal?

I was recently laid off from my job 3 months ago (employed with same company for 10 years) and have been receiving unemployment benefits in NJ at the maximum amt. In Nov 2016 the benefits run out and I have requested to a withdrawal for funds in my 401K account. I contributed 50% and company matched 50%. Now NJ UI Dept pended my UI benefits and said I must attend a "non-monetary" interview via telephone with a Claims Examiner. Will I lose my NJ UI benefits?

1 answer  |  asked Aug 30, 2016 4:21 PM [EST]  |  applies to New Jersey

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Adam Kielich
Many states tightened the belt on unemployment benefits after the recession in the late 2000s. Under many state unemployment laws if you receive any benefits from a former employer, like severance or a 401k distribution, your unemployment benefits stop because you have an income source available. Unfortunately most people discover this after they take money out of a 401k or accept a severance offer. I do not know whether this is the case in NJ but you should talk to an attorney ASAP.

posted by Adam Kielich  |  Dec 23, 2017 6:18 PM [EST]

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