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Unemployment Insurance Information


Unemployment Insurance Information
(Employees Separated from CUNY Service)

A person who is unemployed through no fault of their own and who is ready, willing and able to work. Anyone who believes they are entitled to collect unemployment insurance benefits has the right to file a claim, however, educational institution employees will be ruled ineligible to receive benefits between semesters provided they have a reasonable assurance for the following semester and employees of CUNY who attend any CUNY college in most cases will not be eligible for benefits. The Department of Labor will issue a determination based upon the information they receive from the claimant and The University. Employees who are between semesters and those who are CUNY students may be ineligible to collect.

Most New Yorkers may now apply for unemployment insurance benefits through the automated Tel-Claim system. Upstate and NYC residents may call the Tel-Claim Center (TCC) at 1-888-209-8124. Long Island residents should check with their nearest Division of Employment Services (DOES) office for information on filing benefits

You may apply for these benefits at the New York State Unemployment Office nearest your home or work. A list of offices is located below.

Hours are Mon - Fri, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

You may receive benefits for a maximum of 26 weeks after filing a claim. There is a one week waiting period in which benefits are not payable

The weekly rate ranges are based on bi-weekly/annual salary.

You should bring your Social Security card, second proof of identity, a recent pay stub and the name and address of all employers you worked for in the last year. Non-citizens should bring documents issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

For more information contact your local New York State Department of Labor unemployment insurance claims office

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