Extends the eligibility period for unemployment compensation for workers who were not working due to a disability for a period not to exceed two years.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to eligibility of disabled claimant for unemployment insurance
SUMMARY: Amends Section 527 subdivision 3 of the New York State Labor Law to extend the eligibility period for unemployment compensation for those workers who were not working due to a disability.
The term of the extension would be equivalent to the number of weeks during which the claimant received disability payments, provided that it does not exceed two years.
JUSTIFICATION: There have been several cases in which injured individuals who are recipients of disability payments have been laid off during the course of their disability. At the time of the layoff notice, the workers have not been employed for the previous six months as required under the New York State Labor Law (Sections 527.1 and 527.2) in order to receive unemployment benefits.
This situation leaves the worker without benefits of any type during the time of seeking new employment. This legislation would rectify the problem by extending the period of eligibility for collecting unemployment for these workers.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2587 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 26, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. KRUGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to eligibility of disabled claimant for unemployment insurance THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 527 of the labor law, as amended by chapter 589 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows: 3. Disability. In the case of a claimant who did not file a valid original claim solely because the claimant was not paid sufficient remuneration and who received workers' compensation payments or any benefits paid pursuant to the volunteer firefighters' benefit law during the base period specified in subdivision one of section five hundred twenty of this article, said period shall be extended. The term of the extension shall be equivalent to the number of calendar quarters during which the claimant received such payments, but shall not exceed two
[calendar quarters]YEARS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07266-01-1