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The answer to your question is yes. If you are terminated from a job through no fault of your own, such as your job being eliminated, then you are going to be eligible for unemployment. Also, your NY attorney general say, "Employees who are fired because of their absence from work to fulfill a jury duty obligation should contact the Attorney General for assistance." Employers who fire those on jury duty , "May be found guilty of criminal contempt of court, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to 30 days in the county jail, or both." I hope this answers your questions.
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It is possible that if you turn down a job offer then you could lose your eligibility for unemployment. However, it really depends on the number of factors and there's no bright line. Generally, if you have a job offer to be a cashier at McDonald's when you're a top-level executive at Microsoft, then that job offer is not going to be enough to disqualify you from unemployment. It's a fact base call, but you would have to use your common sense to help out. Unfortunately, I don't practice in New York state.
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