Unemployment Insurance



Labor, Department of State
Unemployment benefits are temporary income for eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own and have sufficient work and wages in covered employment. The New York State Unemployment Insurance Law requires employers to pay taxes to provide unemployment insurance benefits.

The NYS Department of Labor’s Unemployment Insurance Division makes the determination of whether or not a business is liable for unemployment insurance, withholding taxes, and wage reporting responsibilities as well as determines whether an unemployed worker qualifies to receive unemployment benefits.

The Department of Labor provides a free electronic tool, the State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES), that employers can use in the claims process for unemployment insurance. The Department of Labor encourages users to use this tool when responding to requests for information. For more information, follow the link in "Additional Resources."

Contact the Department of Labor for more information.

NYS Department of Labor
Unemployment Insurance Division
State Office Building Campus, Building 12
Albany, NY 12240-0339
Phone: (518) 457-4179
Fax: (518) 485-8010
Or: (888) 899-8810
Website: https://www.labor.ny.gov

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