Unemployment Insurance Assistance
Latest Updates
What You Need to Know
  • Extending Shared Work Benefits - 9/17/21: New legislation (S.4049/A.5678) changes the cap on Shared Work benefits from a maximum of 26 weeks to a maximum of 26 times an individual’s weekly benefit rate. The Shared Work program allows employers to keep employees and avoid layoffs by allowing staff members to receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits (UI) while working reduced hours. Prior to this legislation, claimants could only receive 26 weeks of benefits, regardless of what the claimant's maximum benefit entitlement was under UI. This change will allow active, approved participants to collect Shared Work benefits until they reach their maximum benefit amount allowed under traditional UI or have reached their benefit year end date. 

  • Partial Unemployment Update – 8/17/21:  New York State has modified the rules for partial unemployment eligibility. This update will apply to the benefit week of Monday, August 16, 2021 to Sunday, August 22, 2021 and all benefit weeks going forward. When certifying for benefits, New Yorkers should refer the new guidelines for reporting part-time work, available here.

  • Federal Benefits Ending - 7/20/2021: On September 5, 2021, several federal unemployment benefit programs, including PUA, PEUC, EB, and FPUC, will expire across the country, per federal law. For more information, visit dol.ny.gov/fedexp.

  • Extended Benefits Update – 7/20/21: New York State has fallen below the rate established by the federal government in order for the state to qualify for the highest level of EB. Effective August 9, 2021, EB will be available for a maximum of 13 weeks. Claimants who have received 13 or more weeks of EB will no longer be eligible for EB on their existing claim after the benefit week of August 9, 2021, but may eligible for PEUC or PUA benefits through September 5, 2021.

  • Benefit Year Ending (BYE) Update – 6/29/21: NYS DOL has updated its guidance regarding how unemployment insurance (UI) recipients with claims ending on or after July 4, 2021 should proceed if still unemployed when they reach their BYE date. Claimants receiving UI benefits, including Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Extended Benefits (EB), must file a new claim online or through NYS DOL’s automated phone system after their BYE date. UI claimants will not receive benefits on an expired claim unless deemed not qualified for a new claim after reapplying.

    Claimants who are unemployed during the last week of benefits of their current benefit year should certify for that week of benefits at least 24 hours before filing a new claim for benefits. PUA claimants who continue to be unemployed when they reach their current BYE date do not need to reapply for benefits. Instead, PUA claimants may continue to certify weekly while unemployed to continue receiving the benefits they are eligible for.

  • Forfeit Days Update – 6/28/21: Following the expiration of New York State’s COVID-19 State of Emergency, forfeit day penalties will resume effective July 4, 2021. Forfeit days are assessed if a claimant willfully makes or has made a false statement or representation to get benefits. For every forfeit day assessed, claimants will lose 25% of benefits for the week claimed. If a claimant has been assessed four forfeit days, they will receive no benefits for that week. Claimants who lose a full week of benefits due to forfeit penalties will also not receive FPUC benefits for that week. Assessed forfeit days will remain in effect until fully reduced to zero or two years after the mail date of the final Notice of Determination or Decision if an appeal was filed. Claimants will be notified each week their benefits have been applied to forfeit days.
  • Waiting Week Update – 6/28/21: Following the expiration of New York State’s COVID-19 State of Emergency, the Unemployment Insurance unpaid waiting period rule is once again in effect. New Unemployment Insurance claims filed on and after June 28, 2021 will include an unpaid waiting week. Claimants will not receive payment for the first full week of a claim but must still claim weekly benefits and fulfill eligibility requirements. For more information, visit on.ny.gov/wwfaqs.
  • Overpayment Update - 4/29/21: NYS DOL has sent notices regarding overpayments of unemployment benefits. If you have questions about your notice of overpayment, visit our Overpayment Waiver and Appeal Process webpage.
  • MEUC Update – 3/25/21: The Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program is now available for eligible claimants for the benefit weeks ending January 3, 2021 to September 5, 2021. To see if you are eligible and to apply for the program, visit on.ny.gov/meuc.
  • American Rescue Plan Update – 3/16/21: The American Rescue Plan has been signed into law, extending unemployment benefits for millions of Americans. As we work on guidance, New Yorkers who continue to be unemployed may continue certifying for benefits. PUA recipients, UI recipients who are not at their benefit year ending (BYE) date, and UI recipients who are not required to reapply at their BYE date should continue receiving benefits without lapse. UI recipients who must reapply after their benefit year ending (BYE) date will receive the benefits they are due after their new application has processed. For more information, see our American Rescue Plan FAQ.
  • Important FAQs and Information:  Apply to Shared Work Program | Returning to Work and UI | DocuSign FAQs | Find an ATM Near You | How to Switch to Direct Deposit | New York Forward Returning Worker Bill of Rights | NY Project Hope Emotional Support
Report Fraud
UI Fraud and Identity Theft
The Department of Labor works very hard to protect the integrity of our agency and programs. To combat and stop unemployment insurance (UI) fraud and identity theft, we work actively alongside local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, government agencies, claimants, and employers in New York State and around the country. NYS DOL has launched a new online fraud resource with important information about protecting your identity from fraudsters, including guidance on how to report fraud, protect your personal information, and observe safe online practices.
Tools to Help You
These tools are designed to give you estimations of your benefit rate, how many weeks of ebenfits you are eligible for and how working part-time could impct your benefits.
Claimant Handbook & Frequently Asked Questions
Unemployment Insurance Handbook

The handbook provides general information for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Find this document in English and various other languages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions about Unemployment Insurance.

Claimant Advocate Office

Advocates provide free, impartial and confidential services that help claimants, particularly those with limited English proficiency or other barriers, understand their rights and responsibilities under Unemployment Insurance Law.

Hearings & Appeals

If you are found ineligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits, you will receive a determination explaining the reason. If you disagree, you may request a hearing within 30 days from the date of the determination.

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