This is an ongoing post that will be regularly updated. Last updated: May 13, 2020
Updates from the NYS Department of Labor
A reminder from the NYS Department of Labor (May 7, 2020) — Claimants with completed unemployment applications are stuck in what some have called “pending purgatory” because they’re not going back to the department’s website to certify their benefits each week.
After you file your claim for Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must take further action. For each week that you are unemployed and looking for work, you must claim benefits by answering a series of questions
To claim your benefits, visit your account at labor.ny.gov/signin and enter your login information. Go to your Unemployment Services page, and click “Claim Weekly Benefits.”
.Here is a link to a guide to help you claim weekly benefits: Guide for claiming weekly unemployment benefits.
Albany, NY (April 9, 2020) — Facing Unprecedented Spike in COVID-19 Related Unemployment Insurance Applications, NYS Department Of Labor Announces Partnerships To Boost Tech Capacity and Make It Easier for New Yorkers To File. More information can be found here.
Millions are facing unemployment due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In March, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. This $2 trillion law provides funding for states, which are responsible for providing unemployment insurance (UI), to significantly expand eligibility and benefits. The broad outlines include:
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: freelancers and gig workers are now eligible for UI benefits (e.g., self-employed workers, independent contractors).
- Pandemic Unemployment Compensation: An extra $600 per week, on top of regular benefits, to UI recipients.
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation: An additional 13 weeks of UI benefits, for a total of 39 weeks of coverage.
Official New York State Department of Labor links:
In New York State, The New York State Department of Labor is responsible for issuing UI.
- Get Unemployment Assistance: information and links on eligibility, how to set up an NY.gov ID, apply for benefits, and file weekly claims.
- Online Services for Individuals: login site for individuals filing a claim. (Please note you will need to set up a NY.gov ID.)
- Step-by-step instructions for filing a claim (PDF).
- What You Need to Know and Do About the CARES Act: a simple flowchart that shows actions that can be taken by individuals requiring UI. Download the flowchart (PDF) | Español
- Relief for Workers Affected by the Coronavirus (PDF): a simple reference guide.
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits: Updated FAQ (PDF): last updated March 31, 2020, guidance subject to change.
- Guidance for Self-Employed Individuals (PDF): specific information for self-employed freelancers and gig workers, who were traditionally ineligible for UI.
- Unemployment Insurance Contact Page: Please note that due to the high volume of new claims, their systems are currently slow.
- Answers to your questions about the new unemployment benefits law (AskAManager.org): simple, direct explanations of the law and how it applies to different situations, from Alison Green.
- What the CARES Act means for freelancers (Freelancers Union blog): a description of the CARES Act, with specific emphasis on how it impacts freelancers and the self-employed.
- FAQ on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment, and the Coronavirus Plan (New York Times).
- Unemployment Help (USA.gov): a description of unemployment benefits from usa.gov, an official website of the United States government.
- Why stimulus checks won’t be taxed, but unemployment benefits will be (CNN)