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WFNJ will "defer" or delay the requirement to work or participate in work activities for those who are unable to work due to age, health or disability.

For example, deferrals may be granted to:

  • persons age 60 or older

  • women who have reached the seventh month of pregnancy

  • parents or relatives who are responsible for the care of a child under 12 weeks of age

  • a sole caretaker of a severely disabled or seriously ill dependent child or family member

  • persons who are diagnosed by a certified physician to be physically or mentally impaired and are unable to work

  • victims of family/domestic violence


If you are given a temporary deferral from work requirements, you will still be using time toward your five-year limit. You will not be using time toward your five-year limit if you are given a temporary deferral because you are a victim of family/domestic violence.

For more information, call the Family/Domestic Violence Hotline
toll-free: 1-800-572-7233

WFNJ Deferral
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