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New York Unemployment

In New York, unemployment insurance benefits are considered a source of temporary income for people who lost their job through no fault of their own. To be eligible for this program, you must

  • Have sufficient employment (work hours) to establish a claim.
  • Be able, ready and willing to work.
  • Be actively searching for a job.

According to the law, NYS employers are responsible for paying the contributions that fund the unemployment insurance program; it is not deducted from the worker’s paycheck. The Department of Labor (DOL) is in charge of determining your eligibility for unemployment benefits, based on the information you provide and requirement fulfillment. State and Federal law prevents the DOL from discriminating applicants based on race, color, religion, sex, origin, age, disability or political affiliation. The agency will evaluate your unemployment claim and decide whether or not you qualify, regardless of the factors previously mentioned.

Employment is defined as any type of service you perform in exchange of monetary compensation under a contract (express or implied). You need to have enough employment background in New York to qualify for unemployment benefits. Before you file your initial unemployment claim, certify you meet the following guidelines:

  • During your base period, you worked in at least two calendar quarters.
  • You earned at least $1,700 in one of those calendar quarters.
  • The total wages earned during the base period must be one and one-half times your high quarter wages.

You must submit an unemployment claim so that the Department of Labor can determine your eligibility. Claims can be submitted online or by telephone. Regardless of your preferred method, it is recommended that you have the following information available:

  • Social Security Number.
  • Your mailing address and telephone number (or a number where you can be reached).
  • Employer information from the last 18 months. Including the employer’s name and address.
  • Driver license or ID card.
  • Alien Registration card if you’re not a U.S. citizen.
  • Bank account information if you chose direct deposit payment.

Although you will be able to file a claim without all the documents listed above, missing information can cause delays in processing your claim, resulting in late benefit payments.

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