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Unemployment Insurance

Issued: January 1, 1993

When an employee's work relationship is terminated, he/she may be entitled to receive unemployment insurance if he/she:

  • Is unemployed through no fault of his/her own.
  • Is available for and capable of employment.
  • Has worked 20 weeks in New York State defined covered employment during the 52 weeks prior to termination. (Other states may have different requirements.)

The employee's eligibility and entitlement to receive benefits, however, will be determined by the local office of the New York State Department of Labor, Division of Employment.

To determine a person's entitlement for benefits, the New York State Unemployment Insurance Division requires the University to provide certain specific information on a former employee, including a statement of all the factors surrounding the employee's termination. Employee Records is responsible for providing this information within 7 calendar days of the mailing date of a communication from the Unemployment Insurance Division or incur a fine. Written communications from New York State to departments regarding unemployment insurance should be hand carried to Employee Records.