www.labor.state.ny.us-New York State (NYS) Unemployment Benefit Extensions Important Notice

On April 15, 2010, Congress approved, and the President signed into law legislation to extend the eligibility dates for benefit extensions. As a result, individuals who exhaust regular unemployment benefits by May 23, 2010, or a tier of EUC by May 30, 2010, will be able to move to the next tier. New York State now provides 73 additional weeks of unemployment benefits, as well as the usual 26 weeks of regular benefits. These benefits may be claimed in the usual manner; and it is not necessary to file a new claim unless the individual is advised to do so.

The additional 73 weeks of benefits are currently provided under two separate programs that allow unemployed individuals to continue receiving benefits after running out of their regular state benefits. These programs are:

1. Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) – providing 53 weeks of emergency benefits
2. Extended Benefits (EB) – providing 20 weeks of extended benefits.

It is important to note that each program has its own timeframes and deadlines, and therefore, not all claimants are eligible for the full 53 weeks of Emergency Benefits and the 20 weeks of Extended Benefits. See below for the breakdown of each program, and important information and dates related to each: (see chart on maximum number of potential weeks) or use (Benefits Calculator).

Emergency Benefits are provided under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program. There are currently four (4) tiers of EUC, providing a total of 53 weeks of emergency benefits:

Tier 1 (20 weeks) – to be eligible for Emergency Benefits under Tier 1, an individual must:

* Have filed initial claim for regular unemployment effective on or before Monday, November 16, 2009.
* Exhaust regular benefits on or before the week ending May 23, 2010.
* Start claiming Emergency Benefits on or before week ending May 30, 2010.
* Please note that if you have claimed one or more partial weeks of benefits since the beginning of your original claim or had a break in your claim, your exhaust date may fall after week ending May 23, 2010 and you are ineligible for Emergency Benefits at this time.

Tier 2 (14 weeks) – to be eligible for Emergency Benefits under Tier 2, an individual must:

* Have filed initial claim for regular unemployment effective on or before Monday, July 6, 2009.
* Exhaust all 20 weeks of Tier 1 Emergency Benefits on or before week ending May 30, 2010.
* Please note that if you have claimed one or more partial weeks of benefits since the beginning of your original claim or had a break in your claim, your exhaust date may fall after week ending May 30, 2010 and you are ineligible for Tier 2 Emergency Benefits at this time.

Tier 3 (13 weeks) – to be eligible for Emergency Benefits under Tier 3, an individual must:

* Have filed initial claim for regular unemployment effective on or before Monday, April 6, 2009.
* Exhaust at least 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits (20 weeks Tier 1 and the first 13 weeks of Tier 2) on or before week ending May 30, 2010.
* Please note that if you have claimed one or more partial weeks of benefits since the beginning of your original claim or had a break in your claim, your exhaust date may fall after week ending May 30, 2010 and you are ineligible for Tier 3 Emergency Benefits at this time.

Note: Because of timelines under prior federal legislation, some individuals started receiving Extended Benefits right after exhausting 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits, since at that time there weren’t any more Emergency Benefits available. However, individuals who exhausted 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits after additional Emergency Benefits had been approved by Congress, were able to continue receiving Emergency Benefits.

* If you exhausted 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits (Tier 1 and Tier 2) on or before November 1, 2009, you would have had to claim Extended Benefits before being able to claim Emergency Benefits Tier 3 and 4.
* If you exhausted/exhaust 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits (Tier 1 and 2) on or after November 8, 2009, you must claim Emergency Benefits (Tier 3 and 4) before being able to claim Extended Benefits.

Tier 4 (6 weeks) – to be eligible for Emergency Benefits under Tier 4, an individual must:

If 20 weeks of Extended Benefits were received:

* Have filed initial claim for regular unemployment effective on or before Monday, August 11, 2008.
* Exhaust all 47 weeks of Emergency Benefits (20 weeks Tier 1, 14 weeks Tier 2 and 13 weeks of Tier 3) on or before week ending May 30, 2010.
* Please note that if you have claimed one or more partial weeks of benefits since the beginning of your original claim or had a break in your claim, your exhaust date may fall after week ending May 30, 2010 and you are ineligible for Tier 4 Emergency Benefits at this time.

If no Extended Benefits were received:

* Have filed initial claim for regular unemployment effective on or before Monday, December 29, 2008.
* Exhaust all 47 weeks of Emergency Benefits (20 weeks Tier 1, 14 weeks Tier 2 and 13 weeks of Tier 3) on or before week ending May 30, 2010.
* Please note that if you have claimed one or more partial weeks of benefits since the beginning of your original claim or had a break in your claim, your exhaust date may fall after week ending May 30, 2010 and you are ineligible for Tier 4 Emergency Benefits at this time.

Note: The last payable week of Emergency Benefits is the week ending November 7, 2010.

Extended Benefits are provided under the Extended Benefits (EB) Program. There are currently up to 20 weeks of Extended Benefits available. However, to be eligible for any Extended Benefits, the individual must:

* Have filed their initial claim for regular unemployment benefits effective on or before Monday, November 17, 2008.
* Exhaust all available Emergency Benefits
* Start claiming Extended Benefits on or before week ending June 6, 2010.

Note: The last payable week of Extended Benefits is the week ending June 6, 2010.

Individuals who have a claim with New York State, but live in another state that is not in an extended benefit period, are eligible for only 2 weeks of extended benefits.

Work search requirements are more stringent for individuals claiming Extended Benefits. However, individuals in training approved by the New York State Department of Labor, are not required to look for work while claiming benefits.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Under 18 U.S.C. §1001, knowingly and willfully concealing a material fact by any trick, scheme, or device or knowingly making a false statement in connection with this claim is a Federal Offence, punishable by a fine or imprisonment for not more than five years, or both, under Title 18 of the United States Code.

For more information you can visit New York State Unemployment home page www.labor.state.ny.us.