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Unemployment Insurance: New York

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Nancy Hatch Woodward, Nancy Hatch Woodward Communications

Summary

  • Most employers doing business in New York are subject to New York's Unemployment Insurance Law. See Employer Coverage.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
  • Under certain circumstances, workers may not qualify for unemployment benefits. See Disqualification From Benefits.
  • In general, New York unemployment benefits are available for a maximum of 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Employers need to comply with notice, posting and recordkeeping requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements; Recordkeeping Requirements.
  • New York offers the Shared Work Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See Shared Work Program.