Unemployment Insurance

A. What is Unemployment Insurance?

Unemployment Insurance is temporary income for eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, who are ready, willing, and able to work, and who have sufficient work and wages in covered employment.

B. I lost my job, how do I apply for unemployment insurance?

You can apply for unemployment benefits by filing a claim on the New York State Department of Labor’s website, www.labor.state.ny.us. Click on ‘Unemployment Benefits,” and log in with your Social Security number and a four-digit Personal Identification Number, to be kept confidential. Then select the option to “file a claim.”  You can also file a claim by calling the Department of Labor’s Telephone Claims Center at 1-888-209-8124 for New York State residents, 1-877-358-5306 for non-residents.

To claim your weekly benefits, inquire about the status of your claim, or obtain general information about unemployment insurance, you may go to the Department of Labor’s website, or call the Department of Labor’s automated Tel-Service at 1-888-581-5812 for New York State Residents, 1-888-864-9920 for non-residents.

A Handbook for Persons Claiming Benefits under the New York State Unemployment Insurance Law will be mailed to you after you have filed a claim, and may also be accessed on the Department of Labor’s website.

You can apply for unemployment benefits by filing a claim on the New York State Department of Labor’s website, www.labor.state.ny.us.  Click on ‘Unemployment Benefits,” and log in with your Social Security number and a four-digit Personal Identification Number, to be kept confidential.  Then select the option to “file a claim.”  You can also file a claim by calling the Department of Labor’s Telephone Claims Center at 1-888-209-8124 for New York State residents, 1-877-358-5306 for non-residents). 

Workers Rights to Compensation for Occupational Disease in NYS1

Imagine the following scenes.

    A 60-year-old bricklayer becomes sick and disabled from lung disease acquired as a result of exposure to silica dust on the job. He has worked for 35 years in his trade, but for many different employers. He is now forced to retire and must receive constant medical care.

    A toolmaker inhales toxic fumes from equipment used in her work and suffers lung and larynx injuries. She cannot return to tool making, but she is young and still able to work although probably at a lower wage. In addition, she continues to have shortness of breath because of her toxic exposure.

    A janitor develops carpal tunnel syndrome, a compression of the nerve in the wrist, from the physical repetition of pushing brooms and mops. He needs surgery to be able to return to his job and may be out of work periodically even after surgery.

Are these employees eligible to recover workers' compensation benefits or other compensation for their illnesses? If they die, are their families entitled to any death benefits? Does workers' compensation cover other job-related conditions, such as hearing loss, lead or mercury poisoning, arthritis or varicose veins?

Workers who become disabled due to occupational disease lose wages and incur medical costs. In New York State, workers who suffer occupational disease are entitled to compensation for lost wages and medical treatment under the New York State Workers' Compensation Law. Compensation benefits are awarded to workers by the Workers' Compensation Board, a group of 13 commissioners who are appointed by the Governor and approved by the State Senate. To properly exercise their rights to claim and obtain compensation from the Workers' Compensation Board, workers must be aware of how the Board functions and what the law provides.

The Workers' Compensation Law also provides benefits for injuries caused by on-the-job accidents, and injuries or illnesses that do not arise out of employment. General information about the full scope of benefits under the Workers' Compensation Law can be obtained from the Board at the addresses listed at the end of this pamphlet.

 

Questions and Answers about Workers' Rights to Compensation for Occupational Disease

   1 Last update July 2008

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