Albany, N.Y. (Mar 28) – New York State Dept. of Labor’s Unemployment Claims Center is offline. Several attempts to reach the site have failed. At this time we are unable to determine the cause.
Persistent efforts may render the page viewable, and the unemployed individual wishing to begin the “Claiming of Weekly Benefits” process will receive more than likely and error page, “We’re sorry, we are unable to serve you at this time due to technical difficulties or scheduled downtime for internal processing.”
Further instructions indicate to utilize the telephone claim center, which in fact is inoperable at this time as well. No indications of whether this is a technical glitch or a “DoS” attack. WorldNewsVine will attempt to contact technical personnel associated with both the Department of Labor and N.Y.S. Office of Technology to determine if the “system” will become available prior to midnight tonight March 28, 2010.
The question being, how will this affect those wishing to move to their “Tier I” EUC benefits? With the deadline set to cut-off today, this will in fact affect thousands of unemployed New York State Workers. In accordance of the current law, eligibility for meeting that requirement expires at midnight tonight.
On March 2, 2010, Congress approved, and the President signed into law legislation to extend the eligibility dates for benefit extensions. As a result, individuals who exhaust regular unemployment benefits by March 28, 2010, or a tier of EUC by April 4, 2010, will be able to move to the next tier.
The additional 73 weeks of benefits are currently provided under two separate programs that allow unemployed individuals to continue receiving benefits after running out of their regular state benefits. These programs are:
* Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) – providing 53 weeks of emergency benefits
* Extended Benefits (EB) – providing 20 weeks of extended benefits.
It is important to note that each program has its own timeframes and deadlines, and therefore, not all claimants are eligible for the full 53 weeks of Emergency Benefits and the 20 weeks of Extended Benefits.
We are encouraging our readers to report problems regarding any system failures and/or malfunctions in your area so that, a resolution to this problem or near future problems may be obtained, and if necessary requesting intervention by the United States Department of Labor with a request to temporarily “waive” any rejected claims due to system malfunctions in New York State, and elsewhere throughout the country.
4:22pm – Brent from NYS has informed WorldNewsVine that the NYS UI System now appears to be functional.
4:25pm – Another viewer is reporting the system is down once again
5:05 pm Reports still coming in the site/phone system is still unavailable
6:25pm Jack reports “Since 12 am yesterday the site hasnt responded”
March 29 – Representative Tonko’s office replied that they were forwarding the information along to NYSDOL for answers
2:43 pm – The U.S. Department of Labor replied, “Your request has been referred to the Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI) for action.”
March 29, 2009 4:31 pm — Congressman Tonko’s office following up regarding requests for assistance regarding Sunday’s technical problems with the NYS UI Claimant system.
Albany, N.Y. – Congressman Tonko’s Communications Director, Beau Duffy has just provided WorldNewsVine with this important update information, “NYS DOL says claimants will have until Saturday (4/3) to certify, which is their normal course of action. However, their payment will be delayed because they are certifying past the deadline.”