If you are unemployed in Central New York, you need to know that Sunday, July 4 is the date that 'Forfeit Day' penalties return from the New York State Department of Labor. These penalties had been suspended due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency but that suspension will be lifted this weekend. So, what are forfeit days?

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The good news is that forfeit days do expire, eventually. It actually takes 2 years from the date of the Notice of Determination. If you appeal the determination, the expiration date of the penalty is two years from the mail date that a decision was made on your appeal.

When you get your notice of determination in the mail instructions on how to appeal will be included. The New York Department of Labor will not try to collect payments from you while your appeal is in progress. Any payment you made will be refunded if you are found eligible for the benefits.

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