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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New York on
Q: Re: NYS Unemployment Insurance PUA (federal funded "Pandemic Unemployment Insurance" CARES Act) eligibility..

I am on extended travel outside the United States due to COVID-19 & I was approved for NYS Unemployment Insurance (UI) under the new CARES Act.

According to the NYS UI Manual, I can't claim for weekly unemployment benefits while I am travelling in a foreign country besides Canada.... Read more »

Sarah Elena Gold
Sarah Elena Gold answered on Jun 17, 2020

Given that NYS oversees the claims even in this federal instance, to affirm that you are ready and willing to work within the country each time you would be claiming is fraud. If you can suspend the claim and start it back up once you're able to be in the country, that might work, but... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New York on
Q: Am I eligible for unemployment insurance?

I am a teacher who was laid off. I have a ten month contract paid over 12 months. The contract stipulates the last day of employment is 6/16/20, but I will receive my last paycheck on 8/21/20. The principal has said the summer paychecks are technically money owed to us for services rendered, and... Read more »

Sarah Elena Gold
Sarah Elena Gold answered on Jun 17, 2020

It is my understanding that the claim will be denied until the dismissal pay period ends, and you will be then forced into creating a new claim. You will be considered unemployed when you no longer receive that paycheck. This would be a similar instance if you were receiving severance pay.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for New York on
Q: I paid a company to fix my mower and two years later they still have it. Is there anyway to receive my money back?

I paid them in advance and at one point they thought they fixed it, upon my arrival I could not get it started. I just want my mower and my original money back

Sarah Elena Gold
Sarah Elena Gold answered on Jun 17, 2020

Depending on where the company is located in relationship to where you live, you may be able to bring a small claims action against the company, seeking the amount you prepaid as well as the mower. Any written documentation including claim check or price quote would be very important in proving... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and Insurance Defense for New York on
Q: I live in Suffolk county NY. I want to take a travel insurance company to small claims but theyre based in Missouri.

Where would i make the claim? The insurance was purchased online along with travel package through groupon

Sarah Elena Gold
Sarah Elena Gold answered on Jun 17, 2020

You won't be able to make the claim in small claims court in NY. The Defendant must reside, work or have a business address within the five western towns of Suffolk County. You'd have to bring the claim in county court, which will be considerably more expensive and may be cost... Read more »

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