NY unemployment benefits extension
New York governer Mr. David Paterson has signed a bill that extends unemployment benefits by extra 13 weeks. Paterson and lawmakers had to rewrite legislation in order to qualify for more than $645 million in federal stimulus money to help more unemployed New Yorkers for a longer time.
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Paterson said the extended benefits will not increase the unemployment insurance tax assessed on employers.
“Unemployment benefits are automatic stimulus, along with food stamps. People who are out of work still need to spend money,” Paterson said.
Previously, the unemployment benefit included 26 weeks of state benefits and 33 weeks of federal emergency benefits. New Yorkers receiving the benefit get $64 to $405 a week.
The law also allows employees to receive unemployment benefits if they must quit for “compelling family reasons.” It wouldn’t impose any cost on employers or require them to hold a job for the departing employee.
The statewide unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in March and it is above 9 percent in the Buffalo area.
The bill also makes certain clarifying changes in New York law to ensure that New York meets the federal requirements to receive ARRA funds for UI modernization. These amendments make clear that individuals who leave work because of compelling family circumstances, such as the illness of an immediate family member, domestic violence or the need to accompany a spouse who must move to take on new employment, will be eligible for UI. The bill also recognizes that part-time workers cannot be disqualified for UI benefits because they seek similar part-time work.
The inclusion of the Unemployment Insurance funding in the ARRA legislation succeeded in large part due to Governor Paterson’s national leadership and advocacy for unemployed workers. Last October, the Governor sent a letter to both presidential candidates, urging them to make the Unemployment Modernization Act a top priority. In November, Governor Paterson led a coalition of 18 governors who urged that the House and Senate leadership include the Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act as part of the economic recovery legislation. Following these efforts, the Governor wrote in December to then President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden, to emphasize the need to adopt Unemployment Insurance Modernization in any future stimulus package.
11/05/09: Update from State website:
On September 22, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation to extend Unemployment Insurance benefits for an additional 13 weeks for states, like New York, with consistently high unemployment rates. However, legislation to extend benefits must still pass the Senate and be signed into law. Therefore, this proposed extension is NOT in effect at this time. Please continue to claim weekly benefits in the usual manner. It is not necessary to file a new claim unless you are advised to do so. Please continue to check this web site for updates.
Currently, New York State provides 26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance benefits. An additional 53 weeks of unemployment benefits have been approved for claimants who meet certain criteria.
The first 33 weeks fall under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program, and are known as Emergency Benefits; the last 20 weeks fall under a different program titled the Extended Benefits (EB) Program, and are known as Extended Benefits. Per current Federal legislation, specific deadlines apply to the different extensions, and as a result, not all claimants are eligible for the full 53 additional weeks of benefits.
To check your eligibility for extended benefits, check NY Department of Labor website