Unemployment Insurance is a social welfare program organized by the State Unemployment Agencies. In New York State you are eligible to get Unemployment Compensation if you are unemployed through no faults of yours and are actively looking for a job. The benefits you receive provide you temporary financial assistance until you get another job. Many unemployed people apply for the benefit to compensate their income while they are searching for new job.
As a localite of New York you are expected to follow some steps to become eligible for unemployment benefits. Let us look into them:
Prior to submitting an appeal
It is very important to collect details of all the documents you need to submit while applying for unemployment benefit claim.
- Addresses and names of your employers for the last 18 months you worked for
- New York State’s drivers license card or motor vehicle ID Card number
- Your mailing address
- Telephone number
- Your Social Security Number
- If you are citizen of any other Country then alien registration card number
- Identification number of Federal Employer (FEIN) which is found on your W2
- If you want direct deposit then your bank account numbers are also required.
You are entitled to collect the benefit even if you don’t produce all the above stated documents but the process may get delayed.
In order to maintain your eligibility for obtaining the compensation you need to be available for work and actively seek jobs by applying for job opportunities. You may also be requested to present the documents of your job search efforts. You must be ready to accept the suitable job as per your qualification, training and experience.
Filing for unemployment compensation in New York
Filing the Claim
You can file the claim either through the Internet or by telephone.
For online filing visit New York Department of Labor / Employment Website.
You may file via telephone by calling 1-888-209-8124 which is a toll-free number between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. If you need to file your claim by phone, an automated voice will offer you the choice of filing in English, Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Creole, or “all other languages” (translation services will be provided).
If you are sure that you qualify for unemployment, then you can surely claim for the compensation from the Department of Labor. Once you are eligible for the benefits then you can receive the temporary compensation. In the state of New York, you will be eligible to collect benefits up to a maximum of $ 405, which is actually half of the state’s average weekly wage. The average weekly unemployment benefit for all states is $293. If you are eligible for extended benefits then the weekly benefit amount paid for additional weeks will also be the same as your as your regular compensation.