I Quit My Job. What Are My Unemployment Benefits?

In New York, eligibility for unemployment benefits is generally contingent upon being unemployed through no fault of your own. This typically means that you were laid off or terminated without cause. Quitting your job can complicate matters, but there are circumstances under which you might still be eligible for benefits. Here’s a detailed overview: 

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Good Cause for Quitting: You may qualify for unemployment benefits if you left your job for a good cause. The good cause could include:
    • Unsafe working conditions.
    • Health reasons that a doctor substantiates.
    • Significant changes in job duties or working conditions.
    • Domestic violence or other compelling family reasons.
    • Failure to pay wages.

2. Documentation: You must provide documentation and evidence supporting your reason for quitting. This might include:

    • Medical records.
    • Written complaints about unsafe conditions.
    • Correspondence with your employer regarding changes in job conditions or non-payment of wages.

Filing a Claim

  1. Initial Application: File an unemployment insurance claim through the New York State Department of Labor (DOL). You can do this online via the DOL website or by phone.
  2. Information Required: When filing, be prepared to provide:
    • Personal identification (e.g., Social Security number).
    • Details of your most recent employment.
    • Reasons for leaving your job.
    • Supporting documentation for your reason for quitting.

Benefits Calculation

  1. Benefit Amount: The amount you receive is based on your earnings during a base period, typically the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before you file your claim.
  2. Benefit Duration: Benefits can be paid up to 26 weeks in a benefit year.

Appeals Process

  1. Initial Determination: After filing, the DOL will make an initial determination regarding your eligibility.
  2. Appeal: If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. This involves a hearing before an administrative law judge. 

Additional Resources

  • New York State Department of Labor Website: dol.ny.gov
  • Unemployment Insurance Handbook: This is available on the DOL website and provides comprehensive details on filing claims, eligibility, and benefits.

Legal Guidance

Contact the Civil Rights Law Firm of Figeroux & Associates. Once you make that choice, one of our attorneys will carefully evaluate your situation to determine whether or not you have a case. If it’s determined that you do have a case, we will guide you throughout the entire process to recover any money that you might be entitled to. The Civil Rights Law Firm of Figeroux & Associates will go after the maximum settlement for you. No Settlement – No Fee! The Lawyer you hire does make a difference! Call 855-768-8845 or visit www.askthelawyer.us to schedule an appointment.

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