(Employees Separated from CUNY Service)
Who May File?
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
How Do I Apply for Unemployment by Telephone?
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.
Where May I File in Person?
You may apply for these benefits at the New York State Unemployment
Office nearest your home or work. A list of offices is located
What are the Business Hours?
Hours are Mon - Fri, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Monday is the busiest day.
If you file later in the week, you get credit for the week providing
you work no more than three days and earn less than $405 for the week.
How Long May I Receive Benefits?
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
How Much Will I Receive?
The weekly rate ranges from a minimum of $40 to a maximum of $405.
What Documents Should I Bring?
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
For Additional Information: http://www.labor.state.ny.us/index.htm