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Attention teachers and school employees: If you have questions about Unemployment Insurance, please go to our web page Guidance for Teachers and Other School Employees.

Important Notice: Beginning October 1, 2013, if you misstate information about your claim, you could face stiffer penalties for fraud. For more information about this and other provisions of Unemployment Insurance reform, please read our fact sheet Unemployment Insurance Reform for Claimants.

Scam Alert! Important information about scams targeting those applying for or receiving unemployment insurance, or those looking for a job.

Unemployment Insurance (UI) 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 during each week in which you are claiming benefits.

To qualify for UI benefits, you must have enough work hours and wages in covered employment. In New York State, employers pay contributions that fund UI. It is not deducted from your paycheck. The Department of Labor decides if you qualify for benefits.

Important information for claimants:

UI Rules for Government Workers

UI Rules for Teachers and Other School Workers

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Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expiration (Updated January 2nd, 2014)

Unless the U.S. Congress extends Unemployment Insurance Benefits, all Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits ended with the payment for the week ending December 29, 2013.  You will be able to claim weekly benefits after the week ending December 29, 2013, but payments will not be issued unless the U.S. Congress extends benefits.  Please continue to claim weekly benefits in the usual manner and check this website for updates on benefit extensions.  For more details about extensions, please see the EUC/EB Deadline Chart.  For an estimate of the number of weeks of benefits for which you may qualify, see the Benefits Calculator or Chart.  

1099G Available Online (Updated February 7th, 2014)

Tax form 1099G, which shows the total amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid during the 2013 calendar year, was mailed to claimants by January 31, 2014. You can view and print your 1099G for calendar year 2013 on this website immediately. Log in with your NY.GOV ID, then click on Unemployment Services and View/Print your 1099G. You can also request a copy by completing and mailing the Request for 1099G form.  For more information, see our frequently asked questions.

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