New York Unemployment Base Period

Your base period is the period of time that you worked, prior to losing your job in which you establish the amount of money that you will receive in unemployment. The more money that you made in your base period, the larger the amount that you will recieve every week for unemployment.

The base period is a period of one year, and does not include the most recent quarter (most recent three months).

For example, if you lost your job on April 1 2010, and filed for unemployment that same day -- your base period would be January 1 2009 to December 31 2009. Remember - the base period does not include the most recent three months - so your base period does not include January 1, 2010 to March 30, 2010.

Effect of Base Period on Filing A Second Unemployment Claim, after your unemployment benefits have run out: If you did not work during your base period, you generally are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If you only received unemployment income during your base period - there is a big chance you will not receive further unemployment benefits if filing an entirely new claim.

The counselors at your local unemployment office are very knowledgable professionals and can help you understand how to calculate your base period. Also, if your regular or extended unemployment benefits run out, or stop, you should go ahead and file for unemployment again, and talk with an unemployment counselor about your case.

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# Pascalle 2012-11-15 13:34
If I was fired in 2002 can I file a claim for unemployment for that job now, even though its 10 years ago?
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# CuriousLady 2012-11-24 15:29
I worked a couple jobs this year part-time in an office where I was fired and part-time in a union. I was unemployed for a months and was hired late July and started the same day. It is a fulltime job where I do overtime frequently. About 45 hours a week. It is now November & I was wondering if I would qualify for unemployment. I make good money but the boss seems to fire people constantly with no remorse.

I am lost. Some people say u have to work 6 months, my co worker said overtime helps and as long as you complete 6 months worth of work you're in the clear. I can't find anything online. My question is if I got fired right now would I be able to collect.
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# Dave 2013-03-25 12:38
I'm not being laid off, but have been told I will be losing 15 days between 4/15/2013 and 8/31/ 2013.
My normal schedule was 40 hours a week for a full 12 months.
If i'm re-scheduled for 3 or 4 days in a week, am I eligible for unemployment the other one or two days?
Should the time be taken in full weeks, 5 days, to be eligible?
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