If you are wondering whether anyone does collect NYS unemployment benefits from the NYS DOL .. well the answer is yes, but because there is an assumption you know how the unemployment laws work when you apply for benefits wondering is a bad thing at any step of the process.
Now that I've gotten my basic tip about collecting unemployment benefits out of the way ..
Let's discuss .. just a bit why I think it's important to know how getting benefits works before you apply and optimally, before you lose your job.
It's because of the unemployment appeal processes and how those too, vary by state.
The NYS Unemployment DOL has .. in their infinite wisdom decided (I presume, to protect you from being scammed) that those even duly registered to represent you at an unemployment hearing cannot charge you a fee for the time spent preparing and representing you unless the hearing decision is favorable.
Good .. great .. we all need our state government stepping in to make it impossible to find qualified NYS unemployment representation because the terms and conditions of employment suck.
At least, this is true if you're the unemployed and begin looking around for appeal representation .. even when you learn your employer has appealed and you worried about having to repay what you received so far.
Onerous .. if you have to .. look the word up because it's describes perfectly why it's difficult for a typical unemployed person to find someone to help them get benefits.
Were getting into the kind of unemployment crap that annoys me no end.
This is what actually prompted this website. Unemployment varies by state under wide federal guidelines. It's that those guidelines are wide, that allows any state to color things differently .. as long as they don't go outside the lines.
It's a legal process and the system herds people into applying before they know what is expected they understand by the very act of filing the claim.
Results: Unemployment Benefits are not created equally .. and manipulations using mass ignorance about how unemployment works keep recipiency down to right around 30 percent consistently on a national basis .. drives me nuts that we as citizens just keep on accepting the status quo.
I agree with this NYC Unemployment Advocacy Group estimates regarding the benefit of being represented.
I also know .. that most of the registered reps on that list up above know how to get paid for representing someone at a hearing .. win, lose or draw.
They of course, represent employers .. via a cost control company.
I think it would be an interesting statistic to know what happens when both employers and employees only have over burdened free legal non-profit services to access for representation.
I do not have any NY attorneys or registered non-lawyer reps to refer anyone in NYs to for representation.
Sadly, I don't have a workaround for the fee thing but ...
I do have a bunch of unemployment Q&A's (with links to resources)
Apply for Unemployment (Sure you're ready?)
Know the Legal Issue (Every claim has at least one)
Unemployment Benefits Q&A's (I don't know everything, so I include resource links)