New York Unemployment Eligibility

In order to establish unemployment eligibility in New York you have to:

1. Be a resident of New York. If you are not a resident of New York, but worked in New York at your last job, you should still have New York unemployment eligibility.
2. Have worked and earned income in New York.
3. You must not be disabled.
4. You must be able to work.
5. You must be actively looking for a new job.
6. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you quit your job or were fired for 'just cause' you may not be eligible to collect unemployment in New York. Every case is different, so if you lost your job -- be sure to apply to unemployment in case you are indeed eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

There are special rules that apply to unemployment elibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your mility or union representative for these rules.

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# Christine 2012-03-18 19:44
My employer recently switched my schedule to 3:30-12 AM this poses a definite problem with child care since I am a single mother. I had a friend who was helping but cant help anymore if I quit my job will I be able to claim unemplpyment while I look for another job?
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# Jay 2012-06-08 08:33
I just got fired for something I didnt do, and its being blamed on me....can i receive unemployment?
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# Janice 2012-07-27 17:54
I was an employee for Kohl's of Saratoga Springs, New York for five years, In February of this year I was forced to leave the home I was living in because of septic problems that would not allow me to use the water in the home, so my only option was to move into my mother in-laws home in Fords, New Jersey.
I gave two weeks notice before moving to New Jersey, and at that time I also asked my department manager if she could transfer me to the Kohl's store in South Plainfield, New Jersey. She told me it shouldn't be a problem, and she instructed me to go to the Plainfield store when I moved to New Jersey and speak to a manager about the transfer, and then ask the manager to call her to complete the transfer, So I did as instructed, and was told by the New Jersey manager that there wasn't a position available in my job discription. I called my previous department manager in New York and told her there was no job available to me in the plainfield store, so there was no transfer. Am I able to collect unemployment insurance benefits through New York State Unemployment until I can find a job? I am not able to return to my previous home, and I'm now unemployed . Thank you, Janice
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# STEFAN 2012-08-26 08:51
I am having a total hip replacement. I will not be able to fulfill the functions of my present job (shoe salesman).
Can I collect UI IN NYS? I will look for other types of employment.
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# jane 2012-08-30 18:52
I have been suspended from work pending an investigation because of a violation of policy which was due to a temporary medical condition. Can i collect unemployment benefits?
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# Maureen 2012-09-10 10:43
Can I collect NYS Unemployment benefits if I moved to another state in search for employment. Recent college graduate cannot find employment within field based on Civil Service exams or lack of. Applied to many throughout the country but of course they all want experience in my degree area. Was employed in the restraunt business but looking to progress in my field of criminal justice.
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# Dawn 2012-10-01 15:45
I worked in as an inside sales coordinator selling memberships. I worked there for 10 1/2 months. I did very well in commission up to the last 3 months (1quarter). My sales in the last quarter were low and they let me go. I live in NYC. I applied for unemployment, am I entitled to it?
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# Eddie 2012-11-20 10:36
I recently left my job of 6 years for a new job. The last day of my old job my new boss called and said they had to delay my start date while they waited for security clearance. He told me it could be any day now. It has been a month now and no start yet. They call me telling me soon, soon, soon yet I have yet to start. They wanted me to give 1 week notice to my old employer but I said that was unfair and couldnt do it. they agreed and and sent me out paperwork with a start date letter of Oct 20th 2012, which both parties signed. I have copies of all the paperwork. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits at all? Or am I not qualified because I willingly left my job?
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# Drene 2012-12-14 11:56
How many hours must a person work per hour per week to qualify for disability benefits for materinity leave?
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# Simona 2012-12-19 09:28
I am out of work on furlough for two weekstaeting Monday. Wheni submit my claim so that I don't go 2 or 3 weeks without an income?
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# Penny 2012-12-28 18:15
Do I qualify for unemployment if I relocated due my spouse obtaining a job out of state?
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# Estelle 2013-01-17 14:36
My unemployment benefits have been temporarily stopped due to a dispute arising from an employer I had been working for. In the meantime, I am without funds (sustenance) survival money. I have done nothing wrong insofar as eligibility is concerned and am waiting patiently to hear from someone regarding my claim. Can you please help me to know how long this will take??
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# Louis 2013-02-04 11:19
I've been with this company for almost two years. They give us 2 paid personal days per year besides sick days. I had an emergency last week and had to miss 2 days in a row. My manager tells me now that I will not be paid for them, even though I called ahead of time. I feel outraged and want to know if I would be eligible for benefit if I walk out, if they don't pay me the 2 personal days.
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# Kat 2013-02-24 01:18
Few days after being promoted at a freelance job, out of blue, I was fired. Around 5:40PM on 2/12/13 I was discussing with my team lead about my schedule for the following day and the weekend. I went home and got a call from a recruiter at 7:03PM that I was released from the project because of personality conflict, that I was confrontational , rude to the team leads, person who was doing QC, and the entire team. There was no warning or any discusssion. It was the first time I was told that there was any issue in my behavior.

I had good relationship with the team members so they made inquiries to see what happened when I didn't show up the following day.

I learned later that the person who was doing QC had a history of setting up her colleague for false cases against them.

I wanted to talk to the team lead and ask the reason for my sudden termination but the recruiter doesn't let me contact him.

Would I be denied of my unemployment benefits? I think I was treated unfairly enough, can't there be any justice?

Would appreciate your comments and assistance.
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# Mimi 2013-04-02 22:13
I am working at a company for 3 yrs which I have been going to school during these yrs. now my schedule is being changed to 5 day a week school schedule. This does not meet company standards, will I be eligible for unemployment?
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# samy 2013-08-05 18:36
Im on work comp and i cant go back to work no time soon due to medical report lost my finger on the job.the job intends to fire me due to policy procedures over 6 months out gets fired .am i qualify for unemployment when i get fired
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# Lois 2017-06-16 13:40
I filed for unemployment July 2016. Benefit year ending July 30, 2017. I was employed mid-March of 2017 to last week - June 9, 2017. I was let go due to, according to my employer, "downsizing". However, my employer would have owed the staffing agency I was referred from a significant amount of money if I was employed for 90 days or more. I was just short of 90 days and am sure it was a part of the reason I was terminated. I have also had pay checks come back due to "insufficient funds". During this period I earned $9,059.28 in wages. Will I be eligible again after the July 30, 2017 benefit year ends?
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# Jeff 2017-08-09 12:47
If I leave my job due to relocation/homelessness, is that considered good cause? Would I receive unemployment or can my employer contest it?

Thank you.
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