For those who are laid off, New York State law allows workers to receive unemployment compensation in the event they lose their job through no fault of their own. For details and to apply for benefit online, go to the New York State Unemployment Division. The website also provides answers to common questions about unemployment.
In the event of a layoff, your UFCW 1500 contract provides protection by setting out rules for how layoffs proceed. These rules are different depending on the specifics in each contract, but all contracts include language which ensures that any layoffs proceed fairly and equitably.
Unemployment is funded by employers through payroll taxes. Weekly unemployment benefits can help laid-off workers meet expenses until finding a new job. Again, New York State Unemployment Division lets you apply for benefits online.