New York Unemployment Rules

In order to receive unemployment benefits in New York you must follow these rules:

1. You must be able to work, and are not disabled.
2. You must be actively looking for a job, and keeping a record of your job search.
3. You must file a weekly certification.
4. You must not make more than your weekly wage allowance. In some cases, you will be able to work while collecting unemployment - but only so much per week. Make sure when you apply for unemployment that you are very clear about how much you are able to earn each week. Your unemployment counselor will be able to tell you how much this is.

As long as you follow these New York unemployment rules, you will continue to receive your unemployment benefits.

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# rasheena 2011-01-10 19:36
i recently was fired from my job because i failed there job training! they calim failing there trainin is a violation of policy am i still eligable for benefits???
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# not an english teach 2013-06-10 16:02
looking at your spelling and grammar it's no wonder you were fired.
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# Symonne 2011-03-27 22:08
I currently work in a non union position.Recently I was told that this position would be placed back in the union.I had advised the company prior to this decision that being in the Union was not what I wanted as it would limit my growth. When the decision was made I was told that I had a choice to be part of the union or they could look for another position within the company or I could take early retirement. I was told that there was no postions available , I decided to take the early retirement.

Will I be able to obtain Unemployment Benefits . I live in NYC...
Thank You
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# Julaine 2011-04-08 20:36
I was recently terminated from my job. I was employed as a nanny for two years and 6 mths. I wasn't given the requied two weeks notice so termination was effective on the same day. The letter which I have not yet signed states I was not terminated because of any descrimination and indirectly saying I was not terminated because I informed them 2 weeks ago that I was pregnant. i don't intend to fight but just want to know what I am entitled to get.
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# Matthew 2011-05-06 06:49
If a company is downsizing and offers you a non-comperable job (less money), can you refuse it and collect unemployment?
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# Jeff 2011-07-12 12:09
Is there away to settel on over pament.I have made payments for one year 7mounths.Ihave never been late.
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# Deanna 2012-02-21 17:01
I found a part time job to work while collecting unemployment. I've worked there for 4 weeks now and the pay is minimal and the hours interfere with looking for other jobs. If i quit will this affect my unemployment?
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# Debra H 2012-03-10 14:18
I started a full time job on 3-5-12 and was teminated on 3-9 -12 I will be paid by the employer for that week of work which exceeds the $405 weekly unemployment. tomorrow 3-12 I will file for that weeks benefits knowing I will not collect from state for that week. WHEN I STATE THAT I WENT BACK TO WORK FULL TIME (FOR THAT WEEK ONLY ) will this jepordize my claim for next week when I am again unemployed?

pls advs asap... thank you !
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# Helen N 2012-04-03 22:17
I have been out on disability for 3 months and will be out at least another month. If my company terminates me due to me being out over the 90 days that is granted from the Family/Medical leave act, will I be able to draw unemployment once I am released from my doctor?
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# CU Jessica 2012-05-07 19:07
I have been working full-time for 8 months at my job, my last day will be 5/30/12 due to the fact that the job was temporary and will be terminated. My question is can I apply for unemployment? And I also am 7 months pregnant, baby is due in end of July. Can I receive unemployment from the time my job ends until I get a new one, which will be at least 8 weeks after the baby is born. I will not receive maternity leave since my job will have ended 2 months before the baby is born. Any advice/ help would be greatly appreciated.
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# tom 2012-06-27 18:41
My employer said they wont contest my unemployment benefits. I was fired for poor performance. Is there a distinction between policy and performance? It would seem performance falls under policy, hence it is the reason there paying you. I am referring to incidents where there is a violation of policy.
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# dimitrious 2013-02-05 16:37
I am working for a company that has a very hostile enviroment and my boos has made many inappropriate sexual comments to me and too much touching. I have not found a new job, but It has come to a point that I can not deal with the hostile work enviroment. Can I collect unemplpyment if I leave based on my above reasons?
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# Onis 2013-03-08 19:27
I am receiving unemployment benefits and started a new job, worked for 3 days but It did not work out for me, am I still eligible to collect unemployment?
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# John 2013-04-23 17:05
I am receiving unemployment benefits and started a new job by a recruiter\contr actor placement hired quickly it's something I realize I am not a fit for at my career level, am I still eligible to collect unemployment? I may need to continue my search for something more of a fit.
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