Workers need not be totally unemployed to receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.  Like every state, New York’s UI program provides benefits for workers employed less than full time and experiencing reduced hours and earnings.  Unlike nearly every other state, New York’s UI program bases the partial benefit amount on the number of days a claimant works instead of her part-time earnings.  A worker’s benefit drops 25 percent for each day she works, even if it’s for less than an hour and she isn’t paid; a worker receives no benefits if she works four days or more.

By imposing such a steep penalty for any work at all, New York’s UI program fails to provide enough income security for workers experiencing spells of underemployment, particularly low-wage workers.  At the same time, it creates perverse incentives that may discourage claimants from getting back to work.  Help us convince New York’s lawmakers of the need to better protect the state’s partially unemployed.  Tell us your story!



Expose Discrimination Against Unemployed Workers in the Job Market

If you've been told you would not be considered for a job simply because you are unemployed -- tell us your story!

In today's already-tough job market some employers, staffing firms and recruiters are explicitly excluding job applicants based on their being unemployed -- or based on a certain duration of unemployment.  To the extent that this kind of discriminatory exclusion is practiced by employers or their agents, it makes finding new work that much more difficult for millions of unemployed jobseekers.

Our work to expose these harmful discriminatory practices has helped to make it a national concern -- recently prompting the New York City Council to enact strong protections and ban these practices outright.  Efforts to overcome discrimination against unemployed jobseekers have been spurred on by the stories of many workers who have directly experienced these exclusionary practices.

If you have been told directly and specifically -- in writing, in person or by phone -- that you would not be considered for employment simply because you are unemployed or "not currently employed," we want to know the details of that experience.  Tell us your unemployed discrimination story!

Florida's Unemployment Claims System Illegally Denies Benefits to Jobless Floridians

If your claim for unemployment insurance in Florida has been unfairly denied due to the new online "skills assessment test" or online claim filing requirement, tell us your story.

Changes made two years ago to the claims filing system for Florida unemployment insurance benefits have created an illegal barrier to those benefits for tens of thousands of qualified claimants.  A combination of online-only filing and a maze-like application process -- including an extensive, academic "initial skills" assessment as an online requirement -- allow the state to summarily delay and outright deny benefits to many Floridians who should be receiving them.

We have heard from scores of unemployment claimants in Florida who have wrongfully experienced these benefit denials.  They have described what are often nightmarish tales of frustration, lack of information and outright deception -- some being denied benefits even after completing absolutely every filing requirement.

If you have been unfairly denied unemployment benefits due to the "initial skills" online assessment or system issue with the online filing requirement, tell us your story!