Wednesday, March 27, 2013

NEW YORK UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE - OUT OF COUNTRY

From the DOL website:

"Q: What if I leave the area?

A: If you leave your normal labor market to travel to another area, you must call the Telephone Claims Center before you leave. They will tell you whether your benefit rights can be protected while you are away. You could lose your benefits if you fail to advise the TCC before you leave. Also, when you travel to a foreign country (except Canada), you should not use our web or phone systems to claim benefits while you are in the foreign country. If we learn that you received benefits while outside of the United States, we will issue an overpayment determination. That makes you liable to repay any benefits that you were not entitled to receive. You are in a foreign country when you go outside of the United States or a U.S. Territory (except Canada). Claimants may file for UI benefits From Canada using our web or phone systems. However, if you plan to leave your normal labor market to travel to Canada, you still must call the Telephone Claims Center before you go."

Recently, I have spoken to Claimants who, while in a foreign country, have had friends or family home certify for them while out of country. It would appear that the DOL is taking a hard position on this if and when discovered and may impose a penalty for false certification.

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