New York Unemployment Benefit Questions
Do receiving separation-related payments (severance pay, vacation pay, etc.) affect my benefits?
Usually, you can obtain unemployment benefits while you obtain separation-related payments.
However, you will not be entitled for benefits
You continue to receive the full salary
Exactly the same benefits that your employer paid while you were working
The understanding that the salary and benefits will stop
You find work elsewhere.
Pay for unused vacation accruals normally do not affect your eligibility.
Does receiving Social Security affect my benefits?
The unemployment department of New York does not reduce your unemployment benefits if you collect Social Security.
You must be able to work and be actively seeking work with no restrictions when you collect Social Security.
Does receiving workers’ compensation affect my benefits?
If you get workers’ compensation, but you are available and physically able to work, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. However, this may lessen your weekly unemployment benefit rate. The weekly total of your workers’ compensation and UI benefits cannot be more than your average weekly wage in the base period.
When you file a claim for benefits, you must send to the Department of Labor:
- Copies of the Notice that Payment of Compensation for Disability has been Stopped or Modified (Workers’ Compensation Form C-8)
- A medical statement signed by your physician, stating that you are able to work
The Telephone Claim Center will determine if any reduction in your unemployment benefits, due to receipt of workers’ compensation, is appropriate. If you disagree with the reduction, you may request a hearing.
You must tell the Telephone Claim Center about any workers’ compensation benefits you collect while you collect unemployment benefits. If you do not, you may have to repay any unemployment benefits that were overpaid.