New York Unemployment Eligibility
Updated : January 30th, 2019
There are two categories of eligibility criteria for UI benefits. They are
- Non-monetary eligibility
- Monetary eligibility
- Claimant must have lost his/her job due to no mistake of theirs
- Should have worked minimum hours during the base period
- Claimants should be available, willing and physically capable of doing full time work
- Applicants should actively seek new job opportunities
- Claimant must have earned minimum wages during base period
- This means that claimants must have worked for at least 2 out of 4 quarters of the base period
- A total of $2,200 or more must be earned by the claimant during the base period
- Total wages earned by the applicant during the base period must be 1.5 times the highest quarter earnings
Will I be eligible for UI if I was laid off from work?
Yes. In the state of NY, you are eligible to collect UI if you were let go by your employer as part of cost cutting or other strategies. As long as your job was lost without any mistake of yours and you meet other eligibility criteria, you will qualify for UI.
You may be contacted by the DOL following the submission of your claim, to collect evidence that you were indeed laid off. The DOL will also contact your employer to confirm the facts. Should any mismatch arise, your benefit checks will be delayed until the air is cleared. Hence, make sure that the information you submit is one hundred percent genuine and accurate.
If I voluntarily quit my job, will I qualify for UI?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. In general, voluntary quits are considered as a direct negation to the first eligibility criteria, ie claimant must have lost job due to no fault of theirs. However, the state of NY does understand that there could be reasons which force an individual to quit.
If you willingly left a job without pressing reasons, you will not qualify for UI benefits. However, if reasons like discrimination, abuse or in general hostility at work was the reason behind you quitting your job, you stand a chance to qualify for UI.
The state of NY will not deem you eligible unless sufficient evidence is provided to support your story.
Can I collect UI benefits if I was fired?
Most probably, no. Federal law prohibits UI benefits from being given to those individuals whose jobs were lost due to a mistake of their own. However, if you were fired without a cause and if your previous employer is not able to provide justification as to why you were fired, you may stand a chance to receive benefits.