Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus’ bill supporting military spouse unemployment benefits during a bill signing ceremony on Veterans Day.
This law ensures that individuals who resign from their jobs to accompany spouses on a military transfer will be eligible for unemployment benefits. Previously, a resignation under these circumstances was considered voluntary and therefore disqualifying under the Unemployment Compensation Law, meaning the spouse was unable to collect benefits. The bill, which took effect immediately upon last Thursday’s signing, means that instances of a military spouse leaving their job to accompany their partner on a transfer is now added to the list of non-disqualifying reasons for separation from employment and individuals who fall under these circumstances are now eligible for unemployment compensation benefits.
"Our active service members and veterans have served a high calling to protect our democracy and freedoms, and now it is our turn to support them and their families," Governor Hochul said. "By signing these bills into law today, we are taking steps to ensure veterans and active-duty military members have the benefits and resources they need, and the flexibility their circumstances require, to best take care of themselves and their families. New York's veterans stood up for us, and we will continue to stand by them."
“Members of the military and their families sacrifice so much for our nation, including being willing to uproot their lives and move across the country when needed. The least we can do is provide the support and benefits they deserve to receive. This bill will correct an oversight in our unemployment system and ensure that military spouses who are forced to leave their job due to a reassignment are able to obtain benefits while searching for a new job. I'm proud to have passed this bill and am thrilled that Governor Hochul is signing it into law on this Veterans Day as we honor our military heroes,” said Assemblymember Frontus.