Mason-Draffen, a business reporter, writes a column about workplace issues.
— Leaving New York
DEAR LEAVING: It shouldn’t make a difference who made the request if the trailing spouse is otherwise eligible for jobless benefits, a local employment attorney said.
“Based on the question presented, whether the transferring spouse was forced or volunteered to be transferred out of state makes no difference,” said Christine Malafi, a partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick in Ronkonkoma. “And the trailing spouse who immediately follows will likely qualify for NYS unemployment benefits.”
But a trailing spouse doesn’t always qualify for unemployment benefits, she said. For example, if a spouse waits too long to follow, or if he or she quits a job to follow a spouse to college or to move with a retired spouse, he or she may not qualify for unemployment benefits, Malafi said.
When a transfer requires a move out of New York State, the trailing spouse must make a claim for unemployment benefits in the new state, she said.
The new state will most likely be entitled to reimbursement from New York State for any unemployment benefits paid, Malafi said.
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