Queens, NY asked in Employment Law for New York

Q: I just got laid off from my FT job in NY but I’ve been freelancing for past 3 years. Can I claim unemployment?

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A: In New York, eligibility for unemployment benefits is typically based on the wages earned during a specific period known as the "base period." If you've been freelancing for the past three years and were laid off from your full-time job, your eligibility for unemployment benefits would depend on your earnings during the base period. Freelance income may be considered if it meets certain criteria and was reported for unemployment insurance purposes. The base period is generally the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the week in which you file for benefits.

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