Starting Sunday, January 24, 2021, New Yorkers certifying for their weekly unemployment benefits, will report using a new method for the benefit week of Monday, January 18, 2021 to Sunday, January 24, 2021 – and all benefit weeks going forward using an "hours based" approach.
Under the new rules, claimants can work up to 7 days per week without losing full unemployment benefits for that week, if they work 30 hours or fewer and earn $504 or less in gross pay excluding earnings from self-employment. With this change, claimants’ benefits will not be reduced for each day they engage in part-time work and will be reduced in increments based on total hours of work for the week.
If you earn more than $504 in weekly gross pay (the amount of money earned before taxes and deductions are taken out excluding earnings from self-employment), you will not be eligible for unemployment or pandemic benefits for that week no matter how few hours you worked.
When totaling hours for the week, you should use a maximum of 10 hours per calendar day. To determine how many days of work to report, you should add together all hours worked for each calendar day (with a maximum of 10 hours for any day you worked more than 10 hours) and refer to the chart.
For example, if you worked a total of 8 hours in a week, you should report one day of employment, and if you worked a total of 13 hours in a week, you should report two days of employment if you worked more than one day. If the 13 hours of work occurred on one calendar day, then you should report one day of employment because of the 10-hour maximum rule.
The bottom line here is that, now, you are allowed to work part time without losing your full unemployment benefits. In the past, any amount of work while could potentially disqualify you from collecting unemployment benefits.
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