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Unemployed and low-wage workers need to know their rights. Often employers and government bureaucracy get in the way of workers getting what they deserve.

If you are interested in having NYUP staff or leaders come to your workplace, community organization, or church to do a formal Know Your Rights Training contact us at

These fact sheets are for workers in New York. They are in PDF format and can be read and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader. In order to view the following fact sheets, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free.

Benefits for Unemployed Workers English, Spanish, Chinese (January 2002)
What are unemployment Benefits? Who is eligible for them? What are the regulations?

Extended Unemployment Benefits 2002 English, Spanish (May 2002)
What is the 13-week extension? Who is eligible for the extension? How to apply for extended benefits

Getting Unemployment Benefits and Keeping Them English, Chinese, Spanish (January 2002)
Application for benefits/Making your Claim/Calling to certify/ The Government’s decision about your benefits/Reporting: How to keep your benefits coming

Were you Turned Down for Unemployment Benefits?
How to stick up for yourself and win/Determination Letters/How to request a hearing/How to prepare for a hearing

Applying for workers compensation
What to do if you are injured on the job or become ill due to work/ Applying for workers compensation: Application Tips

Protecting your right to get paid

How to keep good wage and Hour Records/ How to file a claim for unpaid wages/ Sample work Records

Immigration Status and your rights

New York Fact Sheet for Workers: Understanding Deductions from Wages  Despite legal restrictions on deductions, employers often try to get around the wage and hour laws by using illegal deductions to reduce the amount that workers get paid. You can protect your right to be paid by understanding when an employer can legally make deductions.

Social Security Administration No-Match Letters: Top 10 Tips for Employers
What to do if you or your members hear of no-match letters from the Social Security Administration at work, and tips for employers' responses. (Updated December 2002)

Immigration Status and Your Rights as a Worker
Overview of the ways in which immigration status may affect worker's labor and employment rights. (July 17, 2002)

Employer Work Authorization Verification
Overview of the rights of workers when employers seek to verify or re-verify their work authorization. (July 17, 2002)

Social Security No-Match Letters: Questions and Answers for Workers  Addresses frequently asked questions about workers' rights when their employer receives a Social-Security no-match letter. In English and in Spanish (July 17, 2002).

Supreme Court decision in Hoffman Plastic Compounds v. NLRB and La decisión de la Corte Suprema en Hoffman Plastic Compounds v. NLRB. The US Supreme Court's decision in Hoffman Plastic Compounds v. NLRB has engendered much debate and much fear in the immigrant community.  These fact sheets for workers describe the Supreme Court case and the resulting decision regarding the rights of workers.  Download and distribute these fact sheets, in English and in Spanish, in order to understand the decision.  (May 2, 2002)


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