My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: New York
I'm afraid I may already know the answer to this question, but just in case: is there any flexibility in the requirements that a person must currently be in the US to receive unemployment benefits, or is it a totally black and white issue?
I ask on behalf of a close friend who was injured while visiting family abroad and was advised by her doctors to stay rather than return to the US. After a month she lost her job and eventually applied for unemployment, not realizing the conflict here. She was absolutely looking for work online the entire time, and even interviewing over the phone. If she had found something she certainly would have returned. The extended stay was primarily the result of losing her health coverage and not being able to afford care in the US. There was no intention of fraud at all, and no information was concealed or misrepresented during the application process. I believe the claims officer was even told about her location when she spoke with him on the phone.
Anyway, now she is back in the US and has just received a letter from the state implying that she may now have to return any money she has received over the last 3 months. After the medical bills already incurred, this is basically going to ruin her. Is there any recourse here? I just can't find any similar accounts, so I wanted to know what to expect. On a related note, should the state demand return of the money, would that typically be expected in full or would there at least be some kind of payment plan?
Thanks! sorry if this question sounds dumb, but I had to ask someone. Just hate to see a girl kicked when she's down..