New York Unemployment Benefit Questions
Who is eligible for New York unemployment insurance?
To qualify for unemployment benefits in New York, you’ll need to meet both monetary and non-monetary eligibility criteria. Monetary eligibility establishes that you earned enough wages during your base period from an employer who paid unemployment taxes on your behalf.
If you meet the monetary eligibility, you’ll also need to show that you lost work through no fault of your own, that you are actively seeking new employment, and that you are ready, willing, and able to accept suitable work as soon as it is offered to you. See our New York unemployment eligibility page for more details.
How to file for unemployment in New York?
The state of New York recommends that claimants submit their New York unemployment application online. This is the fastest and easiest way to submit your claim, which may also mean that you receive your benefits more quickly. If you can’t submit your application online, you can also apply over the phone. View New York unemployment phone numbers.
How long can you collect unemployment in New York?
When it comes to regular unemployment insurance benefits in New York, you can expect to receive benefits for up to 26 weeks, as long as you remain in compliance with eligibility requirements. In some cases, such as times of exceptionally high unemployment rates, you also may be able to participate in NY extended unemployment programs.
How do I set up my NY.gov and PIN Number?
If you submit your initial unemployment claim over the phone, you’ll be prompted during that process to set up a PIN associated with your account. You’ll need this PIN anytime you use the state of New York’s telephone system to ask questions or make changes to your account.
If you choose to submit your claim online, you’ll need to set up an NY.gov ID, which is separate from the PIN you set when you file a telephone claim. With an NY.gov ID, you also can claim your weekly benefits, access additional information about your claim, and send secure messages if you have questions about your benefits.
How much New York unemployment will I receive?
Your weekly benefit amount is determined based on the amount of income you earned during your base period – which is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the quarter in which you submit your claim for unemployment benefits. Keep in mind that this is considered your basic base period.
If you fail to earn enough during this period to qualify for unemployment compensation, the state of New York then will examine your earnings during your alternate base period, which represents the last four completed calendar quarters before the quarter in which you submit your unemployment claim. Please note that if you feel you would qualify for a higher weekly benefit using your alternate base period rather than your basic base period, you can request that the New York Department of Labor recalculate your benefits.
You may also find it helpful to use the New York unemployment calculator to get a general idea of how much to expect for your weekly benefit amount. Please note that this will provide you with an estimate – it is not a guarantee of benefits. You must apply for unemployment benefits and receive an official notification to know for sure how much your weekly benefit amount will be. The maximum weekly benefit amount for the state of New York is $504.
What are the New York unemployment work search requirements?
New York unemployment work search requirements stipulate that all recipients of unemployment benefits engage in regular work search activities in an attempt to find suitable work as quickly as possible. You must make systematic and sustained efforts to find work. In order to receive unemployment benefits, the state of New York requires you to complete at least three work search activities each week you submit a weekly claim for benefits.
Work search activities may include submitting a job application, meeting with a career counselor, participating in job interviews, participating in skills assessments, and more. For all practical purposes, any activity that reasonably could contribute to your finding suitable work would be considered a work search activity.
What if my New York unemployment application is denied?
If you receive an unfavorable determination about your initial claim, you have the right to file an appeal. In New York, a request for appeal must be filed within 30 days of receiving your determination. You will likely be scheduled for a hearing before an administrative law judge, who will review the details of your case and issue a new determination.
If you disagree with the judge’s decision, you can file another appeal within 20 days to New York’s Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board. This board will review your claim and the previous decision regarding your appeal before making a new determination. If you would like to appeal further, you may do so by appealing to the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, Third Department.
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.