Am I eligible to receive benefits?
You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the start date of your claim, or alternatively the last 4 quarters). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.
How do I apply for benefits in New York?
You can apply over the phone.
How much will I receive?
Your weekly benefit rate is one twenty-sixth (1/26) of the high quarter wages paid to you in your base period. The maximum rate is $405.
How long will I receive these benefits?
The length of time that you will receive benefits is also based on how much you made during the base period, but not more than 26 weeks.
After I start receiving benefits, what do I have to do to remain eligible?
You must continue to file weekly. Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, while keeping a record of your work search activities (forms to help you do so can be found in the Claimant Handbook). Finally, you must accept suitable work, and after 13 weeks of benefits, suitable work may include work that pays 80% of your normal wages and work that you have no formal training for.
I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?
You must appeal within 30 days of the date of the decision for denial. Your appeal must be in writing, and it must be mailed to the New York State Department of Labor. Also, you must keep filing your weekly claims regularly because you will only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal.
For more information on New York's unemployment insurance laws:
Visit the New York State Website
Read the Claimant handbook