I am not exactly sure what your concern is but I can tell you this is the standard procedure for all new recipients of UI benefits in the State of NJ. The Reemployment Services Orientation is merely a group meeting during which you will hear a presentation on available services and training opportunities that are available through the State to help you become reemployed. Some of the available services include career and vocational counseling, job-related training in demand occupations, veterans' benefits, and a self-help center where you can use phones, FAX machines, photocopiers, and personal computers to conduct your job search. All available services are free and there is no requirement that you use any of the services. This is really just an effort by the State to inform job hunters what resources are available to them should the need them. So, although attendance at the orientation is mandatory, your use of their services are not.
That said, of course you have the duties given to you in your UI handbook
to report your job search activity. You will want to follow those steps to make sure that you are correctly reporting your efforts so that you don't lose benefits. In essence, you must file a bi-weekly certification (Request for Payment)
for each week you wish to claim benefits and you can do so online. In case for some reason you did not receive an handbook, you can find out what your rights and responsibilities are by looking at the guidance in the PR94, which you can find at: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor
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