New York State Employers now Required to Notify Workers of eligibility to apply for unemployment

November 7, 2023

Earlier this week, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed S. 4878-A /A. 398-A, a new law that requires employers to give notice to their employees that they are eligible for unemployment insurance whenever the employer makes a permanent or temporary separation of the employee or reduces hours to a point that the employee qualifies for total or partial unemployment.

While such notification does not mean the employee will receive any benefits, the employer is simply required to give them written notice of their right to apply. The written notice must include notice the employer's name and registration number and a contact address for the employer.

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