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Company closes for 1 week - Unemployment?

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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.



you are entitled to unemployment, as the company I worked for did the same thing. however you must first put in a waiting week before being getting paid, so anything past 1 week you are off you can get paid for. you will need to go to your department of job and family services to apply, and open up a claim. you will also have to register for jobs,as this is a requirement for the money. this must all be done on your time, but shouldn't take that long to complete.


On the first day of your layoff, early in the morning, go to your unemployment office and file a claim. Do not wait until the week is over before doing this as it will only mean you will have to wait longer for your unemployment check.

Within a day or two, you will receive a form in the mail that will tell you how much unemployment you qualify for. If your company does not contest the unemployment, you will then receive a check in the amount you are entitled to within 2 weeks. Depending on how your State runs its unemployment office, you will have to report each week or every 2 weeks either by phone or in person. Since this is a temporary layoff, you might not be required to put down 2 job references each week you are out of work.

Also, depending on your State's unemployment laws, you do not have to use your vacation to cover company shutdowns. You can claim unemployment for those shutdowns and save your vacation for when you want to take them. Some people take the shutdowns as vacation because they collect more money in the form of vacation pay then they do from unemployment. Some people take the unemployment in order to have more time off work during the year.

Companies prefer you to use your vacation time for a shutdown because then their unemployment insurance rates do not go up, they don't lose money with people taking vacation time, they don't have to monkey with the scheduling because they know at shutdown everyone is off at the same time, etc.

Check your State's unemployment compensation law. No one will look out after you better than you.

[Edited by buddy2bear on 06-02-2001 at 08:23 AM]

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