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New York Unemployment Benefit Questions

Will receiving severance pay, retirement benefits, vacation pay etc affect my benefit amount?

In general benefit amounts are affected if you receive additional income. If a previous employer contributed to your pension fund, your benefit amount will be reduced dollar by dollar for it. If you funded your pension account yourself, your benefits will not be reduced.

Unclaimed vacation benefits do not affect your benefit amounts. Benefits will stop the moment you secure a new job.

Will receiving worker’s compensation affect my benefits?

If you receive worker’s compensation and if you are physically capable of doing work, you will be eligible for UI. However, your benefit amounts may be reduced. The sum total of your weekly worker’s compensation and your weekly benefit should not be greater than your weekly base period wages.

If you receive worker’s compensation, you must provide the following to the Dept. of Labor while filing for UI.

  • Worker’s compensation form – C8
  • A medical certificate issued by your consulting physician stating that you are mentally and physically capable of doing full time work

Always make sure that you declare any income you received at the time of job separation or later. Failure to do so may result in overpayment and you may have to return the money to the DOL. You may even be disqualified from UI.

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. Sue says:

    I have been diagnosed with liver cancer. Biopsy next week to determine stage. Fatigue is chronic. My employer wont lay me off. If i quit, will i be able to get UI?

    • Martin says:

      I can understand your situation.

      Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health issues are not considered. You will not be eligible.

  2. Bobbie says:

    if I have say about 16 days left on my unemployment and I accept a temp assignment with a temp agency and after the assignment ends (say 6 weeks) there are no more, I start refiling I understand I again have the 1 week waiting period)I first have to use up my 16 days, but can I then file a new claim?

  3. Kathy says:

    I recently graduated highschool, and have been told I will get laid off after 15 to 16 weeks if work. Will I qualify for unemployment benefits?

  4. Bonny Ricca says:

    I retired from my former company March of 2015 if I was to work a seasonal position and than laid off from it will my benefits be based on my former employer also as well as the current one

    • Martin says:

      Depends. They consider 4 of the last 5 calendar quarters to ascertain eligibility. If both your previous employment falls into this period, they will consider them.

      Generally, seasonal workers do not qualify. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  5. Edward Oliver says:

    I have not received monies from my first weekly benefit check
    Am I entitled to that money

  6. Jack Fuhrman says:

    My current job will in in a few months. I assume that I will apply for unemployment at that time. I have a small Company pension I draw currently from a previous employer. Is it in stone that my unemployment will be reduced by the amount of my small pension?

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. Rochelle Gleen says:

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

  14. 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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