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New York State Unemployment Insurance Benefits Eligibility Explaination

To file New York State unemployment insurance benefits claim, you need to make sure you are eligible for the application first. New York State Department of Labor explained very clearly about the criteria for the benefits, let’s explain it to help you understand easily.

First, you must have worked and been paid with salary for employment in at least two calendar quarters in your base period, you also need to have been paid at least $1600 in wages in one of the calendar quarters in your base period, the total wages paid to you in your base period must be one and one-half times your high quarter wages. The amount of high quarter earnings used to determine if you meet this requirement will not be greater than $8,910. Earnings in the other base period quarters must total at least one-half of $8,910, or $4,455. This is called the Basic base period, the Basic base period will be used to establish your claim.

If you do not meet the requirements in the Basic base period, it will be determined whether you qualify using the Alternate base period. If you qualify using the Alternate base period, the Alternate base period will be used to establish your claim.

If you qualify under the Basic base period, but you think using the Alternate base period would result in a higher benefit rate, you may apply within 10 days from the date of the initial monetary notice to have your rate recalculated using the Alternate base period.

If you do not qualify using the Basic or Alternate base period and you received Workers’ Compensation payments or Volunteer Firefighters’ benefits during the Basic base period, the Basic base period may be extended back up to 2 calendar quarters dependin

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