New York Unemployment New Rules

Start writing here.The Department of Labor is implementing a special system to handle thousands of calls about unemployment insurance as coronavirus shakes the job market around the state, the department said this week.

The state waived the seven-day waiting period for unemployment insurance and is  implementing a filing system that spreads out filings over multiple days of the week, based on the first letter of a filer’s last name. The system is as follows:

A  – F : Monday

G – N : Tuesday

O – Z : Wednesday

Missed you day? You can file on Thursday or Friday.

Filing later in the week will not delay payments or affect the date of an individual’s claim. All claims are effective on the Monday of the week in which they are filed.

How do I file?

For specific instructions on how to file online, go to 

What if I need to contact the department?

The department is adding staff and expanding hours to handle the influx, but the state warned the deluge will cause intermittent interruptions in their service.

Expanded telephone line hours are as follows:

Monday through Thursday – 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday – 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Am I eligible for benefits?

Unemployment Insurance is temporary income for eligible workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.

To collect benefits, you must be ready, willing, and able to work, and actively looking for work throughout each week in which you are claiming benefits.

To qualify, you must have worked and earned enough wages in covered employment. In New York State, employers pay contributions that fund unemployment insurance. It is not deducted from your paycheck.

Not sure if you’re eligible? The rule of thumb is to just apply, and do it as quickly as possible after losing a job to a layoff, said Nicole Salk, senior staff attorney at Legal Services NYC. Her work focuses on workers’ rights and benefits...

Krista Loveless 19 March, 2021
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