senate Bill S6572

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the calculation of weekly unemployment insurance and the repeal of certain provisions relating thereto

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S6572 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7278A
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld & add §523, §591 sub 3 ¶(a), amd Lab L, generally

S6572 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the calculation of weekly unemployment insurance and the repeal of certain provisions relating thereto.

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BILL NUMBER:S6572

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to the
calculation of weekly employment insurance benefits for workers who
are partially unemployed; and repealing certain provisions of such law
relating thereto

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To ensure that partially unemployed workers have meaningful access to
unemployment insurance benefits.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

This bill amends various sections of Article 18 of the labor law in
order to:

(1)replace the current system for determining eligibility for partial
unemployment insurance benefits with a system that is based on the
claimant's weekly earnings rather than the number of days the claimant
worked during the week;

(2) establish a system of calculating partial unemployment insurance
benefits that disregards a portion of part-time earnings before
reducing benefits by one dollar for each dollar of earnings up to the
full weekly benefit amount; and

(3) provide that any individual who earns significant part-time
earnings on a single day during the week, up to the maximum allowable
amount, will receive a partial benefit equal to three-quarters of his
or her full weekly benefit amount.

JUSTIFICATION:

By imposing a 25-percent reduction to a claimant's full benefit for
any work performed on a single day, New York's unemployment insurance
(UI) program fails to provide an adequate level of income security for
workers experiencing reductions in their usual hours and earnings; at
the same time, it creates perverse incentive that may discourage
claimants from returning to part-time work, particularly for three
days or more.

The adverse consequences of current law are two-fold: during a time
when businesses are still suffering from lack of customers, New York's
UI program is inadvertently suppressing local economic activity and
job creation by denying benefits to the very people who need and will
quickly spend them. UI benefits are among the most effective forms of
economic stimulus, generating between $1.61 and $2.00 of additional
activity for every dollar allocated. Furthermore, many of New York's
current claimants are afraid they will end up financially worse off by
accepting a part-time job. This can be risky as the worker's
professional skills may languish and the fact of extended unemployment
may itself become an obstacle to reemployment.This disincentive has
significant cost implications for the state's UI trust fund.

This legislation is modeled on partial unemployment insurance
requirements in Connecticut and Pennsylvania which permit claimants to


earn more than the value of their full benefit for a week of part-time
work; similarly, these states disregard an amount of part-time
earnings that is tied to the claimant's full benefit.

This bill represents a necessary step towards ensuring that New York's
UI program provides partially unemployed workers with the support they
need to meet their most basic needs. Not addressing the current system
inequities in an economy with a persistently high number of part-time
jobs may compromise the health of the UI trust fund by discouraging
part-time reemployment and by suppressing the very consumer demand New
York's economy requires in order to return to full employment.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

A.11490 of 2009-2010: Reported to Ways and Means;
A.6139 of 2011-2012: Reported to Ways and Means (Same as S.4929:
Referred to Labor);
A.7278 of 2013-2014: Referred to Labor (Same as S.3393: Referred to
Labor)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Preliminary analysis finds that this plan may generate cost savings
for the trust fund if claimants are returning to work more quickly.
Increased costs for those who become eligible under the new
requirements may partially offset these savings. We recommend asking
the New York State Department of Labor to estimate these costs for the
Assembly.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6572

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 7, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor

AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to the calculation of  weekly
  employment  insurance  benefits  for  workers  who are partially unem-
  ployed; and repealing certain provisions of such law relating thereto

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Section 522 of the labor law, as amended by chapter 720 of
the laws of 1953, is amended to read as follows:
  S 522. Total unemployment AND PARTIAL UNEMPLOYMENT.  "Total  unemploy-
ment"  means  the  total  lack of any employment [on any day] DURING ANY
WEEK. "PARTIAL EMPLOYMENT" MEANS ANY EMPLOYMENT DURING ANY WEEK THAT  IS
LESS  THAN FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT SO LONG AS THE COMPENSATION PAID IS LESS
THAN THE CLAIMANT'S WEEKLY BENEFIT  RATE  PLUS  THE  CLAIMANT'S  PARTIAL
BENEFIT  CREDIT. The term "employment" as used in this section means any
employment including that not defined in this title.
  S 2. Section 523 of the labor law is REPEALED and a new section 523 is
added to read as follows:
  S 523. EFFECTIVE WEEK. "EFFECTIVE WEEK" MEANS (A) A WEEK DURING  WHICH
A  CLAIMANT  PERFORMS NO SERVICES FOR WHICH THE CLAIMANT IS PAID COMPEN-
SATION, OR (B) A WEEK DURING WHICH A CLAIMANT  PERFORMS  SERVICES  ON  A
PART-TIME BASIS FOR WHICH THE CLAIMANT IS PAID COMPENSATION THAT IS LESS
THAN  THE CLAIMANT'S WEEKLY BENEFIT RATE PLUS HIS OR HER PARTIAL BENEFIT
CREDIT.
  S 3. The labor law is amended by adding a new section 525 to  read  as
follows:
  S  525.  PARTIAL  BENEFIT  CREDIT. "PARTIAL BENEFIT CREDIT" MEANS THAT
PART OF THE COMPENSATION, IF ANY, PAID TO A CLAIMANT WITH RESPECT  TO  A
WEEK  FOR  WHICH  BENEFITS  ARE CLAIMED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS LAW
WHICH IS NOT IN EXCESS OF FIFTY PER CENTUM OF  THE  INDIVIDUAL'S  WEEKLY
BENEFIT  RATE,  OR  ONE  HUNDRED DOLLARS, WHICHEVER IS THE GREATER. SUCH
PARTIAL BENEFIT CREDIT, IF NOT  A  MULTIPLE  OF  ONE  DOLLAR,  SHALL  BE
COMPUTED TO THE NEXT HIGHER MULTIPLE OF ONE DOLLAR.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13237-01-3

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  S  4.  Subdivision  4  of  section 527 of the labor law, as amended by
chapter 832 of the laws of 1968 and as renumbered by chapter 381 of  the
laws of 1984, is amended to read as follows:
  4.  General  condition.  A valid original claim may be filed only in a
week [in which the claimant has at least one effective day of  unemploy-
ment] THAT QUALIFIES AS AN EFFECTIVE WEEK OF UNEMPLOYMENT FOR THE CLAIM-
ANT.
  S  5.  Subparagraph 2 of paragraph (e) of subdivision 1 of section 581
of the labor law, as amended by chapter 282 of  the  laws  of  2002  and
clause  (v)  as  added by chapter 106 of the laws of 2007, is amended to
read as follows:
  (2) Benefits payable to any claimant with respect  to  the  claimant's
then current benefit year shall be charged, when paid, to the account of
the  last  employer  prior to the filing of a valid original claim in an
amount equal to seven times the  claimant's  benefit  rate.  Thereafter,
such  charges  shall be made to the account of each employer in the base
period used to establish the valid original claim in the same proportion
that the remuneration paid by each employer to the claimant during  that
base  period  bears  to  the  remuneration  paid by all employers to the
claimant during that base period except as provided below:
  (i) In those instances where the claimant may not utilize  wages  paid
to  establish  entitlement  based  upon  subdivision ten of section five
hundred ninety of this article and an  educational  institution  is  the
claimant's  last employer prior to the filing of the claim for benefits,
or the claimant performed services in such  educational  institution  in
such  capacity  while employed by an educational service agency which is
the claimant's last employer prior to the filing of the claim for  bene-
fits,  such  employer  shall  not  be liable for benefit charges for the
first [twenty-eight effective days] SEVEN EFFECTIVE  WEEKS  of  benefits
paid  as  otherwise  provided by this section. Under such circumstances,
benefits paid shall be charged to  the  general  account.  In  addition,
wages  paid  during the base period by such educational institutions, or
for services in such educational institutions for claimants employed  by
an  educational service agency shall not be considered base period wages
during periods that such wages may not be used to  gain  entitlement  to
benefits  pursuant  to subdivision ten of section five hundred ninety of
this article.
  (ii) In those instances where the claimant may not utilize wages  paid
to  establish  entitlement based upon subdivision eleven of section five
hundred ninety of this article and an  educational  institution  is  the
claimant's  last employer prior to the filing of the claim for benefits,
or the claimant performed services in such  educational  institution  in
such  capacity  while employed by an educational service agency which is
the claimant's last employer prior to the filing of the claim for  bene-
fits,  such  employer  shall  not  be liable for benefit charges for the
first [twenty-eight effective days] SEVEN EFFECTIVE  WEEKS  of  benefits
paid  as  otherwise  provided by this section. Under such circumstances,
benefits paid will be charged to the general account. In addition, wages
paid during the base period by such  educational  institutions,  or  for
services  in  such educational institutions for claimants employed by an
educational service agency shall not be  considered  base  period  wages
during  periods  that  such wages may not be used to gain entitlement to
benefits pursuant to subdivision eleven of section five  hundred  ninety
of  this  article.  However, in those instances where a claimant was not
afforded an opportunity to perform services for the educational institu-
tion for the next academic year or term after reasonable  assurance  was

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provided,  such employer shall be liable for benefit charges as provided
for in this paragraph for any retroactive payments made to the claimant.
  (iii)  In  those  instances where the federal government is the claim-
ant's last employer prior to the filing of the claim  for  benefits  and
such employer is not a base-period employer, payments equaling the first
[twenty-eight  effective  days]  SEVEN  EFFECTIVE  WEEKS  of benefits as
otherwise prescribed by this section shall be  charged  to  the  general
account.  In  those instances where the federal government is the claim-
ant's last employer prior to the filing of the claim for benefits and  a
base-period  employer, such employer shall be liable for charges for all
benefits paid on such claim in the same proportion that the remuneration
paid by such employer during the base period bears to  the  remuneration
paid  by  all  employers  during  the  base period. In addition, benefit
payment charges for the first [twenty-eight effective days] SEVEN EFFEC-
TIVE WEEKS of benefits  other  than  those  chargeable  to  the  federal
government as prescribed above shall be made to the general account.
  (iv)  In those instances where a combined wage claim is filed pursuant
to interstate reciprocal agreements and  the  claimant's  last  employer
prior  to  the  filing of the claim is an out-of-state employer and such
employer is not a base-period employer, benefit  payments  equaling  the
first [twenty-eight effective days] SEVEN EFFECTIVE WEEKS of benefits as
otherwise  prescribed  by  this  section shall be charged to the general
account. In those instances where the out-of-state employer is the  last
employer prior to the filing of the claim for benefits and a base-period
employer such employer shall be liable for charges for all benefits paid
on  such claim in the same proportion that the remuneration paid by such
employer during the base period bears to the remuneration  paid  by  all
employers  during  the base period. In addition, benefit payment charges
for the [twenty-eight effective days] SEVEN EFFECTIVE WEEKS of  benefits
other  than  those chargeable to the out-of-state employer as prescribed
above shall be made to the general account.
  (v) In those instances where the last employer prior to the filing  of
a  valid  original  claim  has  paid  total remuneration to the claimant
during the period from the start of the base period  used  to  establish
the  benefit  claim until the date of the claimant's filing of the valid
original claim in an amount less than or equal to six times  the  claim-
ant's  benefit  rate and the last employer has substantiated such amount
to the satisfaction of the commissioner within ten days of  the  commis-
sioner's  original  notice  of potential charges to such last employer's
account, benefits shall be charged as follows: benefits payable  to  the
claimant  with respect to the claimant's then current benefit year shall
be charged, when paid, to the account of such last employer prior to the
filing of a valid original claim in an amount equal to the lowest  whole
number  (one, two, three, four, five, or six) times the claimant's bene-
fit rate where the product of such lowest whole number times the  claim-
ant's  benefit  rate is equal to or greater than such total remuneration
paid by such last employer to the claimant.   Thereafter,  such  charges
shall be made to the account of each employer in the base period used to
establish  the  valid  original  claim  in  the same proportion that the
remuneration paid by each employer to  the  claimant  during  that  base
period  bears  to the remuneration paid by all employers to the claimant
during that base period.  Notice  of  such  recalculation  of  potential
charges  shall  be  given  to the last employer and each employer of the
claimant in the base period used to establish the valid original claim.
  S 6. Subdivision 1 of section 590 of the  labor  law,  as  amended  by
chapter 645 of the laws of 1951, is amended to read as follows:

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  1. Entitlement to benefits. A claimant shall be entitled to accumulate
effective  [days] WEEKS for the purpose of benefit rights only if he has
complied with the provisions of this article regarding the filing of his
claim, including the filing of a valid  original  claim,  registered  as
totally  OR PARTIALLY unemployed, reported his subsequent employment and
unemployment, and reported for work or otherwise  given  notice  of  the
continuance of his unemployment.
  S  7.  Subdivision  3  of  section 590 of the labor law, as amended by
chapter 645 of the laws of 1951, is amended to read as follows:
  3. Compensable periods. Benefits shall be paid for each  [accumulation
of] effective [days within a] week.
  S  8.  Subdivision  4  of  section 590 of the labor law, as amended by
chapter 457 of the laws of 1987, is amended to read as follows:
  4. Duration. Benefits shall not be paid [for more than one hundred and
four effective days] IN AN AMOUNT  GREATER  THAN  TWENTY-SIX  TIMES  THE
CLAIMANT'S  WEEKLY  BENEFIT RATE in any benefit year, except as provided
in section six hundred one and subdivision two of section  five  hundred
ninety-nine of this chapter.
  S  9.  Subdivision  5  of  section  590 of the labor law is amended by
adding two new paragraphs (c) and (d) to read as follows:
  (C) BENEFIT FOR PARTIAL UNEMPLOYMENT. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN  PARAGRAPH
(D)  OF  THIS SUBDIVISION, ANY CLAIMANT WHO IS PARTIALLY UNEMPLOYED WITH
RESPECT TO ANY EFFECTIVE WEEK SHALL BE PAID, WITH RESPECT TO SUCH EFFEC-
TIVE WEEK, A BENEFIT EQUAL TO HIS WEEKLY BENEFIT RATE LESS THE TOTAL  OF
THE  REMUNERATION,  IF  ANY, PAID OR PAYABLE TO HIM WITH RESPECT TO SUCH
WEEK FOR SERVICES PERFORMED WHICH IS IN EXCESS OF  HIS  PARTIAL  BENEFIT
CREDIT.
  (D) BENEFIT FOR PARTIAL UNEMPLOYMENT FOR CERTAIN CLAIMANTS WORKING ONE
DAY  IN A WEEK. ANY CLAIMANT WHO IS PARTIALLY UNEMPLOYED WITH RESPECT TO
ANY EFFECTIVE WEEK BUT WHOSE EMPLOYMENT IS LIMITED  TO  ONE  DAY  DURING
THAT  EFFECTIVE  WEEK AND WHOSE REMUNERATION PAID OR PAYABLE TO HIM WITH
RESPECT TO SUCH WEEK FOR SERVICES PERFORMED  IS  LESS  THAN  HIS  WEEKLY
BENEFIT RATE SHALL BE PAID, WITH RESPECT TO SUCH EFFECTIVE WEEK, A BENE-
FIT  EQUAL  TO  THREE-QUARTERS OF HIS WEEKLY BENEFIT RATE, OR IF HIGHER,
THE BENEFIT CALCULATED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (C) OF THIS SUBDIVISION.
  S 10. Subdivision 6 of section 590 of the labor law, as added by chap-
ter 720 of the laws of 1953 and as renumbered by chapter 675 of the laws
of 1977, is amended to read as follows:
  6. Notification requirement. No effective [day] WEEK shall be  counted
for  any purposes except effective [days] WEEKS as to which notification
has been given in a manner prescribed by the commissioner.
  S 11. Subdivision 7 of section 590 of the labor  law,  as  amended  by
chapter 415 of the laws of 1983, is amended to read as follows:
  7.  Waiting  period.  A  claimant  shall not be entitled to accumulate
effective [days] WEEKS for the purpose of benefit payments until he  has
accumulated a waiting period of [four effective days either wholly with-
in  the  week in which he established his valid original claim or partly
within such week and partly within his benefit year  initiated  by  such
claim] ONE EFFECTIVE WEEK.
  S  12.  Subdivision  1  of section 591 of the labor law, as amended by
chapter 413 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows:
  1. Unemployment. Benefits, except as provided in section five  hundred
ninety-one-a  of  this  title,  shall  be paid only to a claimant who is
totally unemployed OR PARTIALLY UNEMPLOYED and who is unable  to  engage
in  his  usual  employment  or  in  any other for which he is reasonably
fitted by training and experience. A claimant who is receiving  benefits

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under  this  article  shall not be denied such benefits pursuant to this
subdivision or to subdivision two of this section because of such claim-
ant's service on a grand or petit jury of any state  or  of  the  United
States.
  S  13.  Subdivision  1  of section 591 of the labor law, as amended by
chapter 446 of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as follows:
  1. Unemployment. Benefits shall be paid only  to  a  claimant  who  is
totally  unemployed  OR PARTIALLY UNEMPLOYED and who is unable to engage
in his usual employment or in any  other  for  which  he  is  reasonably
fitted  by training and experience. A claimant who is receiving benefits
under this article shall not be denied such benefits  pursuant  to  this
subdivision or to subdivision two of this section because of such claim-
ant's  service  on  a  grand or petit jury of any state or of the United
States.
  S 14. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 3 of section 591 of the  labor  law
is REPEALED and a new paragraph (a) is added to read as follows:
  (A) COMPENSATION PAID TO A CLAIMANT FOR ANY DAY DURING A PAID VACATION
PERIOD,  OR  FOR  A  PAID HOLIDAY, SHALL BE CONSIDERED COMPENSATION FROM
EMPLOYMENT.
  S 15. Subparagraph (i) of paragraph (b) of subdivision  2  of  section
591-a of the labor law, as amended by section 14 of part O of chapter 57
of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
  (i)  requirements relating to total unemployment AND PARTIAL UNEMPLOY-
MENT, as defined in section five hundred  twenty-two  of  this  article,
availability  for  work and search for work, as set forth in subdivision
two of section five hundred ninety-one of  this  title  and  refusal  to
accept  work,  as  set  forth in subdivision two of section five hundred
ninety-three of this title, are not applicable to such individuals;
  S 16. Subdivision 2 of section 592 of the labor  law,  as  amended  by
chapter 415 of the laws of 1983, is amended to read as follows:
  2.  Concurrent payments prohibited. No [days] WEEKS of total unemploy-
ment OR PARTIAL UNEMPLOYMENT shall be deemed to occur in any  week  with
respect  to  which  [or  a  part of which] a claimant has received or is
seeking unemployment benefits under an unemployment compensation law  of
any  other  state  or of the United States, provided that this provision
shall not apply if the appropriate agency of such other state or of  the
United  States  finally determines that he is not entitled to such unem-
ployment benefits.
  S 17. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 593 of the labor  law,
as amended by section 15 of part O of chapter 57 of the laws of 2013, is
amended to read as follows:
  (a)  No  [days]  WEEKS  of  total unemployment OR PARTIAL UNEMPLOYMENT
shall be deemed to occur after a claimant's voluntary separation without
good cause from employment until he or she has  subsequently  worked  in
employment  and  earned  remuneration at least equal to ten times his or
her weekly benefit rate. In addition to other circumstances that may  be
found  to constitute good cause, including a compelling family reason as
set forth in paragraph (b) of  this  subdivision,  voluntary  separation
from  employment  shall  not  in itself disqualify a claimant if circum-
stances have developed in the course of such employment that would  have
justified the claimant in refusing such employment in the first instance
under  the  terms of subdivision two of this section or if the claimant,
pursuant to an option provided under a collective  bargaining  agreement
or  written  employer  plan  which permits waiver of his or her right to
retain the employment when there is a temporary layoff because  of  lack

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of  work,  has  elected  to  be separated for a temporary period and the
employer has consented thereto.
  S  18.  The  opening  paragraph of subdivision 2 of section 593 of the
labor law, as amended by section 15 of part O of chapter 57 of the  laws
of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
  No [days] WEEKS of total unemployment OR PARTIAL UNEMPLOYMENT shall be
deemed  to  occur  beginning with the [day on] WEEK IN which a claimant,
without good cause, refuses to accept an offer of employment  for  which
he  or  she  is  reasonably fitted by training and experience, including
employment not subject to this article, until he or she has subsequently
worked in employment and earned remuneration at least equal to ten times
his or her weekly benefit  rate.  Except  that  claimants  who  are  not
subject to a recall date or who do not obtain employment through a union
hiring  hall  and  who are still unemployed after receiving ten weeks of
benefits shall be required to accept any employment proffered that  such
claimants are capable of performing, provided that such employment would
result  in  a  wage not less than eighty percent of such claimant's high
calendar quarter wages received in the base period and not substantially
less than the prevailing wage  for  similar  work  in  the  locality  as
provided  for in paragraph (d) of this subdivision. No refusal to accept
employment shall be deemed without good cause nor  shall  it  disqualify
any claimant otherwise eligible to receive benefits if:
  S  19.  Subdivision  3  of section 593 of the labor law, as amended by
section 15 of part O of chapter 57 of the laws of 2013,  is  amended  to
read as follows:
  3.  Misconduct. No [days] WEEKS of total unemployment OR PARTIAL UNEM-
PLOYMENT shall be deemed to  occur  after  a  claimant  lost  employment
through  misconduct in connection with his or her employment until he or
she has subsequently worked in employment  and  earned  remuneration  at
least equal to ten times his or her weekly benefit rate.
  S  20.  Subdivision  4  of section 593 of the labor law, as amended by
chapter 589 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows:
  4. Criminal acts. No [days] WEEKS of  total  unemployment  OR  PARTIAL
UNEMPLOYMENT  shall  be deemed to occur during a period of twelve months
after a claimant loses employment as a result of an act  constituting  a
felony in connection with such employment, provided the claimant is duly
convicted thereof or has signed a statement admitting that he or she has
committed  such an act.  Determinations regarding a benefit claim may be
reviewed at any time.  Any benefits paid to a claimant prior to a deter-
mination that the claimant has lost employment as a result of  such  act
shall  not  be  considered to have been accepted by the claimant in good
faith. In addition, remuneration paid to the claimant  by  the  affected
employer prior to the claimant's loss of employment due to such criminal
act may not be utilized for the purpose of establishing entitlement to a
subsequent,  valid  original  claim.  The provisions of this subdivision
shall apply even if the employment lost as a result of such act  is  not
the claimant's last employment prior to the filing of his or her claim.
  S 21. Subdivisions 1 and 2 of section 594 of the labor law, as amended
by  section  16 of part O of chapter 57 of the laws of 2013, are amended
to read as follows:
  (1) A claimant who has wilfully made a false  statement  or  represen-
tation  to obtain any benefit under the provisions of this article shall
forfeit benefits for at least the first [four] ONE but not more than the
first [eighty] TWENTY effective [days] WEEKS following discovery of such
offense for which he or  she  otherwise  would  have  been  entitled  to

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receive  benefits.  Such  penalty  shall apply only once with respect to
each such offense.
  (2) For the purpose of subdivision four of section five hundred ninety
of  this article, the claimant shall be deemed to have received benefits
for such forfeited effective [days] WEEKS.
  S 22. Subdivision 1 of section 596 of the labor  law,  as  amended  by
chapter 204 of the laws of 1982, is amended to read as follows:
  1.  Claim  filing  and certification to unemployment. A claimant shall
file a claim for benefits at the local state employment  office  serving
the  area  in  which  he was last employed or in which he resides within
such time and in such manner as the  commissioner  shall  prescribe.  He
shall  disclose  whether he owes child support obligations, as hereafter
defined. If a claimant making such disclosure is eligible for  benefits,
the  commissioner shall notify the state or local child support enforce-
ment agency, as hereafter defined, that the claimant is eligible.
  A claimant shall correctly report any [days] WEEKS of  employment  and
any  compensation he received for such employment, including employments
not subject to this article, and the [days on] WEEKS DURING which he was
totally unemployed OR PARTIALLY UNEMPLOYED and shall make  such  reports
in accordance with such regulations as the commissioner shall prescribe.
  S 23. Subdivision 4 of section 596 of the labor law, as added by chap-
ter 705 of the laws of 1944, as renumbered by section 148-a of part B of
chapter  436 of the laws of 1997 and such section as renumbered by chap-
ter 663 of the laws of 1946, is amended to read as follows:
  4. Registration and reporting for work. A claimant shall  register  as
totally  unemployed  OR PARTIALLY UNEMPLOYED at a local state employment
office serving the area in which he was last employed  or  in  which  he
resides  in  accordance  with such regulations as the commissioner shall
prescribe. After so registering, such claimant shall report for work  at
the  same  local state employment office or otherwise give notice of the
continuance of his unemployment as often  and  in  such  manner  as  the
commissioner shall prescribe.
  S  24. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 599 of the labor law,
as amended by chapter 593 of the laws of 1991, is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  (a)  Notwithstanding  any  other provision of this chapter, a claimant
attending an approved training course or program under this section  may
receive  additional  benefits  of  up  to  [one hundred four] TWENTY-SIX
effective [days] WEEKS  following  exhaustion  of  regular  and,  if  in
effect,  any other extended benefits, provided that entitlement to a new
benefit claim cannot be established. Certification of  continued  satis-
factory  participation  and  progress in such training course or program
must be submitted to the commissioner prior to the payment of  any  such
benefits.  The  duration  of  such  additional benefits shall in no case
exceed twice the number of effective [days] WEEKS of regular benefits to
which the claimant is entitled at the time the claimant is accepted  in,
or demonstrates application for appropriate training.
  S  25.  The  opening  paragraph  and paragraph (e) of subdivision 2 of
section 601 of the labor law, as amended by chapter 35 of  the  laws  of
2009, are amended to read as follows:
  Extended  benefits shall be payable to a claimant for effective [days]
WEEKS occurring [in any week] within an eligibility period, provided the
claimant
  (e) is not claiming benefits pursuant to  an  interstate  claim  filed
under  the  interstate benefit payment plan in a state where an extended
benefit period is not in effect, except that this  condition  shall  not

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apply  with  respect to the first [eight] TWO effective [days] WEEKS for
which extended benefits shall otherwise be payable pursuant to an inter-
state claim filed under the interstate benefit payment plan; and
  S  26.  Paragraphs  (b) and (c) of subdivision 3 of section 601 of the
labor law, as amended by chapter 35 of the laws of 2009, are amended  to
read as follows:
  (b) for not more than [fifty-two] THIRTEEN effective [days] WEEKS with
respect  to  his  or  her  applicable benefit year, with a total maximum
amount equal to fifty percentum of the total maximum amount  of  regular
benefits payable in such benefit year, and
  (c) if a claimant's benefit year ends within an extended benefit peri-
od,  the remaining balance of extended benefits to which he or she would
be entitled, if any, shall be reduced by the number of effective  [days]
WEEKS  for  which  he  or she was entitled to receive trade readjustment
allowances under the federal trade act of nineteen hundred  seventy-four
during such benefit year, and
  S  27.  Subdivision  4  of section 601 of the labor law, as amended by
chapter 35 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
  4. Charging of extended benefits. The provisions of paragraph  (e)  of
subdivision one of section five hundred eighty-one of this article shall
apply  to  benefits paid pursuant to the provisions of this section, and
if they were paid for effective [days occurring in] weeks following  the
end  of  a  benefit year, they shall be deemed paid with respect to that
benefit year. However, except for governmental entities  as  defined  in
section  five hundred sixty-five and Indian tribes as defined in section
five hundred sixty-six of this article, only one-half of the  amount  of
such  benefits shall be debited to the employers' account; the remainder
thereof shall be debited to the general account, and such account  shall
be credited with the amount of payments received in the fund pursuant to
the  provisions  of the federal-state extended unemployment compensation
act. Notwithstanding the foregoing,  where  the  state  has  entered  an
extended  benefit period triggered pursuant to subparagraph one of para-
graph (a) of subdivision one of  this  section  for  which  federal  law
provides  for  one hundred percent federal sharing of the costs of bene-
fits, all charges shall be debited  to  the  general  account  and  such
account  shall  be  credited with the amount of payments received in the
fund pursuant to the provisions of the federal-state extended  unemploy-
ment  compensation  act  or  other federal law providing for one hundred
percent federal sharing for the cost of such benefits.
  S 28. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 5 of section 601 of the labor  law,
as  amended  by  chapter  35  of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as
follows:
  (b) No [days] WEEKS of  total  unemployment  OR  PARTIAL  UNEMPLOYMENT
shall  be  deemed  to  occur  [in any week] within an eligibility period
during which a claimant fails to accept any offer of  suitable  work  or
fails  to apply for suitable work to which he or she was referred by the
commissioner, who shall make such referral if such work is available, or
during which he or she fails to  engage  actively  in  seeking  work  by
making  a  systematic  and sustained effort to obtain work and providing
tangible evidence of such effort, and until he  or  she  has  worked  in
employment during at least four subsequent weeks and earned remuneration
of at least four times his or her benefit rate.
  S  29. Paragraph (e) of subdivision 5 of section 601 of the labor law,
as amended by chapter 35 of the laws of 2009,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:

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  (e)  No  [days]  WEEKS  of  total unemployment OR PARTIAL UNEMPLOYMENT
shall be deemed to occur [in any  week]  within  an  eligibility  period
under section five hundred ninety-three of this article, until he or she
has  subsequently  worked  in employment in accordance with the require-
ments set forth in section five hundred ninety-three of this article.
  S 30. Section 603 of the labor law, as amended by section 21 of part O
of chapter 57 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
  S  603.  Definitions. For purposes of this title: "Total unemployment"
shall mean the total lack of any employment [on any day] DURING ANY WEEK
AND "PARTIAL UNEMPLOYMENT" SHALL MEAN ANY  EMPLOYMENT  DURING  ANY  WEEK
THAT  IS LESS THAN FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT SO LONG AS THE COMPENSATION PAID
IS LESS THAN THE CLAIMANT'S WEEKLY  BENEFIT  RATE  PLUS  THE  CLAIMANT'S
PARTIAL  BENEFIT  CREDIT,  other  than  with  an employer applying for a
shared work program. "Work force" shall mean the  total  work  force,  a
clearly  identifiable  unit  or  units thereof, or a particular shift or
shifts. The work force subject to reduction shall  consist  of  no  less
than two employees.
  S  31.  This act shall take effect immediately, provided, that section
nine of this act shall take effect on the same  date  and  in  the  same
manner  as  section 8 of part O of chapter 57 of the laws of 2013, takes
effect; and provided further that the amendments  to  subdivision  1  of
section 591 of the labor law made by section twelve of this act shall be
subject  to  the expiration and reversion of such subdivision, when upon
such date the provisions of section thirteen  of  this  act  shall  take
effect;  provided  further  that  the amendments to section 591-a of the
labor law made by section fifteen of this act shall not affect the expi-
ration of such section and shall be deemed repealed therewith.

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