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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.

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Questions & Answers

  1. nescafe says:

    My existing employment contract terminates, i have been working continously for the last 15years. i will be travelling for 3 months ( volunteering overseas), am i able to claim unemployment benefits upon my return until i find work

  2. Joseph says:

    The benefit center is asking a for unemployment status letter. Do I have to write the letter myself or obtain it from a website.

    • Adrian says:

      Please speak to a representative from the customer service of the labor dept in your state to obtain more details on this.

  3. Patricia Joseph says:

    My hours were recently reduced from 40 hours to 32. Now I have been laid-off. I have since found a part-time job for 24 hrs. I take home 299.00 now. Do I qualify for unemployment assistance?

  4. Tanya says:

    If I file a claim on 3/17/14 and claim benefits for the last to Sundays when should I expect to receive my first payment?

    • Adrian says:

      Generally,its takes close to 10 business days for an initial claim to be processed.

      If you’ve not received the payment, please call the claims center immediately for status.

  5. Harry says:

    I will be out of work for one week. Do I qualify for benefits for that week?

    • Adrian says:

      Temp layoff may not qualify for UI benefits.Please speak to a representative from NY department of labor for more information on this.

  6. justin micciche says:

    I was on unemployment and it ran out
    I had a job for a month and was let go
    I didn’t meet there expectations
    do I reapply?

  7. Rochelle Gleen says:

    I will like to know how can I get a print out on the last time I collect benefits thank you …

  8. Sandra Dabreau Henry says:

    It look like my benefits are going to end next month, however, as per the calculator I still have nine more week, do I continue to calim?

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