i live in new york state. my company plans on closing for 11 days in july. they are requesting that employees use their vacation time during shutdown. since i am only with the company for 7 months, i have not accumulated any vacation time - 1 week after 1 year. am i entitled to unemployment benefits - and if so, how do i apply. do i take off time from work - can i fill out a form ahead of time - must i wait till after the fact. i feel i should be entitled to benefits. mike h.