This is an unprecedented time.
The COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in many people losing work. Since mid-March, more than 22 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the United States.
If you lost your job due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to claim unemployment insurance benefits.
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The Act provides enhanced unemployment insurance benefits ($600 per week) and pandemic unemployment assistance (an additional $600 per week for individuals that do not typically qualify for traditional unemployment).
New York State is waiving their traditional seven-day waiting period for unemployment benefits due to COVID-19 closures or quarantines.
Self-employed and contract workers who have lost wages due to the pandemic may also be eligible for unemployment and can now file online. If you’re self-employed, follow these instructions for filing a claim.
There are several ways to expedite your unemployment claim.
If you are filing a new unemployment insurance claim, the day you should file is based on the first letter of your last name. Find out what day to apply here. Claims will be retroactive to your first day of unemployment.
The quickest way to receive your benefits is through direct deposit. Otherwise, you will need to wait for the Department of Labor to mail you a debit card.
You may also be protected by paid sick leave and family leave laws.
Read our post about the Families First Act here.
In the meantime, everyone can benefit from trimming back expenses.
Read our post here on how to save money during this period.
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Read the Workplace Rights and COVID-19 Fact Sheet by the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) for a summary of city, state, and federal laws that may protect you.
Get more information about unemployment benefits from the New York Department of Labor.