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New York’s unemployment compensation law, like that of many other states, provides temporary payments to employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. The program draws from a public policy that assumes “unemployment is a serious menace to the health, welfare and morale” of the citizens of New York, and is designed to lighten the job-loss burden for workers and their families.

The New York State Department of Labor administers the law through its Workforce New York initiative (www.labor.state.ny.us/ui/ui_index.shtm). Employees don’t contribute to the unemployment compensation program, which employers fund entirely.

The law is complex and in some cases holds an employer liable for unemployment insurance (UI) payments even when a former employee wasn’t fired but quit.

You’re required to inform employees about the state’s unemployment compensation program any time they go off the payroll, regardless of the ...(register to read more)

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