Unemployment Insurance is a temporary payment that workers can claim if they meet the terms and conditions of New York State unemployment insurance laws. It is a benefit to workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own. Workers do not contribute the money provided by unemployment insurance benefits, instead, it comes from taxes paid by employers. All employers in the state are required to contribute/pay taxes into the state unemployment fund. Unemployment insurance for the employees of the New York City Department of Education is funded 100% by the Department of Education.
Please print and display in a prominent location in your workplace IA 133 Notice to EmployeesUnemployment Insurance Procedures for ClaimantWhen an employee becomes unemployed, in order to apply for unemployment insurance benefits, she/he must contact the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), Telephone Claims Center toll-free number at 1 (888) 209 – 8124 . This service is available Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8AM and 5PM. Additional information can be obtained through the NYSDOL's toll free TEL-SERVICE Line at 1 (888) 581-5812 . Claimants may also apply for benefits on-line and obtain important information regarding unemployment insurance by accessing the New York State Department of Labor’s website at http://www.labor.state.ny.us/. All claimants must apply for benefits through one of these services!Unemployment Insurance Procedures for ISCs, Schools, Central Offices and Custodians The Department of Education has engaged Equifax Workforce Solutions (formally known as TALX), to assist in administering and processing unemployment insurance claims. The Department of Education is responsible for the payment of unemployment insurance benefits. To control the cost of unwarranted unemployment claims, we require that information be provided to Workforce Solutions on a timely basis. The timeliness of your response will avoid penalties. It will allow former employees who qualify for benefits to receive them without delay. To successfully implement this cost containment program, Workforce Solutions will audit and verify each claim received and they will respond on your behalf to the Department of Labor’s inquiry.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW TO ENSURE THAT THE PROPER INFORMATION IS GIVEN TO TALX.
Instructions for Claim and Determination Procedures The New York State Department of Labor mails an initial claim form directly to Workforce Solutions. If necessary, the School Payroll Secretary will receive a phone call from Workforce Solutions' representatives requesting separation information concerning a former employee. Any requested documentation must be faxed the same day to Workforce Solutions!
IMPORTANT:If you receive the NYSDOL initial claim in your school or office, please fax it immediately to the fax number above. Please do not attempt to fill out the form yourself. In addition, please attach a copy of the employee’s separation report, termination letter and any other documents pertinent to the separation. Notices such as “Notice of Determination” have deadlines. To avoid a loss of appeal rights, please fax all documents immediately to Equifax Workforce Solutions, Ms. Angela Patsaricas or Ms. Annette Faulk (Workforce Solutions) at the fax numbers above. REMEMBER!There is a statutory time limit for responding to unemployment claims; therefore, your cooperation in responding to requests for documentation is very important! HEARING PROCEDURES If you receive a “Notice of Hearing”, fax it immediately to Ms. Angela Patsaricas or Ms. Annette Faulk at the above fax number. Workforce Solutions provides representation at administrative hearing proceedings. A representative will contact the appropriate school or office administration to review the case, determine which witnesses will attend, and what documentation may be necessary for the hearing. There is not much time to prepare for the hearing, and therefore the information requested must be provided without delay.