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New York Expands Availability of Partial Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Effective January 18, 2021, New York implemented a new rule redefining how part-time work impacts unemployment benefits, allowing unemployed New Yorkers who accept part-time work to not be penalized by basing their partial unemployment benefits on the hours they actually work, not the number of days they work in a given week.


Under the old system for partial unemployment, part-time work was counted in full-day increments. Under the old system, claimants who worked part-time would lose 25% of their weekly benefits for each day worked, regardless of the number of hours worked on each of those days. Now, the NY DOL is using an “hours-based” approach. With this new approach, claimants’ benefits will not be reduced for each day they engage in part-time work, but instead will be reduced in increments based on total hours of work for the week. Partial benefits are available as follows:



The changes to the partial unemployment went into effect beginning Sunday, January 24, 2021, when New Yorkers began reporting using the new method for the benefit week of Monday, January 18, 2021 to Sunday, January 24, 2021.

For more information on partial unemployment in New York State, visit the NYSDOL website.