Temporary workers for state government and their
political subdivisions performing services in the case
of fire, storm, snow, earthquake, flood, or other similar
emergency are not subject to UI, ETT, and SDI but are
subject to PIT withholding.
Unless you fit this limited exception, you would typically be entitled to benefits and I would appeal the decision by the EDD, requesting that the employer be compelled to pay the SDI tax so you can receive benefits.
If you do fall under this exception, you would not typically be entitled to CA disability benefits unfortunately and would need to seek benefits through NJ or the Social Security Administration normally.
You may also qualify for state aid, such as food stamps and medical benefits if you have no income at this time.
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