New York Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility_RequirementsUnemployment Insurance:
Unemployment Insurance (UI) is temporary income is for eligible workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own
Qualifying Requirements For New York Unemployment Insurance:
To be eligible for New York Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must have enough work hours and wages in covered employment. In New York State, employers pay contributions that fund Unemployment Insurance. It is not deducted from workers paycheck. 
Q: What employment do I need to qualify for benefits? 

A: You must have worked and been paid wages for work in at least two calendar quarters in your base period,
You must have been paid at least $1,700 in wages in one of the calendar quarters in your base period,
The total wages paid to you in your base period must be one and one-half times your high quarter wages.We use no more than $8,910 of your high quarter earnings to determine if you qualify. You must have earned at least half that amount ($4,455) in the other base period quarters. 

If you qualify using the Basic base period, we use that period to establish your claim.

  1. If you do not qualify in the Basic base period, we will calculate using the Alternate base period.
  2. If you qualify under the Basic base period, you may think that using the Alternate base period would give you a higher benefit rate. You can ask us to recalculate your rate using the Alternate base period. You have 10 days from the date of the initial notice to make the request.
  3. If you do not qualify using either base period
    You received Workers’ Compensation payments
    Volunteer Firefighters’ benefits during the Basic base period,
    We may extend the Basic base period back up to 2 calendar quarters. This will depend on how many base period quarters you received these benefits.
  4. If you do not qualify in any of these base periods,
    You worked for pay in the calendar quarter when you filed,
    You are still unemployed after that quarter ends,
    You think that you may qualify using the latest work,
    You should apply again for benefits after this calendar quarter ends.

Please note:

  1. Once you use wages to establish a claim, they are void for the next claim. You cannot use them again. This may affect your entitlement to a later claim.
  2. If you were fired for misconduct or a criminal act, you may not use any wages paid to you for that work to establish a claim or to calculate your benefit rate.
  3. If you are filing a repeat unemployment insurance claim, you must have earned new wages of at least ten times your benefit rate in the benefit year to qualify for a new claim. read more
Benefit maximum:
New York unemployment insurance maximum weekly benefit rate is $405
NY Unemployment Insurance Benefit Payments:
Benefit payments are issued through a single Direct Payment Card. You can also choose to have your weekly benefits electronically transferred into your checking account.

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