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Latest Updates
What You Need to Know
  • MEUC Update – 3/25/21: The Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program is now available for eligible claimants for the benefit weeks ending January 3, 2021 to September 5, 2021. To see if you are eligible and to apply for the program, visit on.ny.gov/meuc.

  • American Rescue Plan Update – 3/16/21: The American Rescue Plan has been signed into law, extending unemployment benefits for millions of Americans. As we work on guidance, New Yorkers who continue to be unemployed may continue certifying for benefits. PUA recipients, UI recipients who are not at their benefit year ending (BYE) date, and UI recipients who are not required to reapply at their BYE date should continue receiving benefits without lapse. UI recipients who must reapply after their benefit year ending (BYE) date will receive the benefits they are due after their new application has processed. For more information, see our American Rescue Plan FAQ.

  • Fraud Update – 3/16/21: NYS DOL has launched a new online fraud resource with important information about protecting your identity from fraudsters, including guidance on how to report fraud, protect your personal information, and observe safe online practices. Visit dol.ny.gov/report-fraud for these tips and more.  

  • Benefit Year Ending (BYE) Update – 3/8/2021: NYS DOL has released new guidelines on how UI recipients should proceed if still unemployed when they reach their BYE date. UI recipients may qualify for extended benefits under the federal extension or for a new UI claim, depending on their work history and wages earned since filing their initial claim in 2020. Visit on.ny.gov/bye for important information on this updated guidance. (En Español)

    PUA claimants who continue to be unemployed when they reach their initial BYE date do not need to reapply for benefits. Instead, PUA claimants should continue to certify weekly while unemployed to continue receiving the benefits they are eligible for.

  • ID.me Update – 2/25/2021: NYS DOL is using ID.me’s secure online technology to verify the identity of some unemployment insurance (UI) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) applicants. This new tool allows New Yorkers to safely and efficiently submit their identity documentation. If you receive an email, text, or letter from NYS DOL about ID.me, follow the instructions – even if you previously submitted your ID documentation through mail, fax, or our online system. 
    If you receive the communication and have not applied for benefits, please do NOT fill out the ID.me form. Instead, report that you received the email, text, or letter to NYS DOL at on.ny.gov/uifraud. You will receive an email confirmation that NYS DOL has received your report – you do not need to speak to a representative to report fraud.
    For more information about verifying your identity with ID.me, watch this video and visit the ID.me support page.

  • 1099-G Update - 2/1/2021: The 1099-G tax form is available now. If you received unemployment or pandemic benefits in calendar year 2020, you will need this form to file your taxes. To access your form online, log in to labor.ny.gov/signin, click ‘Unemployment Services,’ select ‘2020’ from the dropdown menu, and click ‘View/Print Your 1099-G.’ If you do not have an online account with NYS DOL, you may call 1-888-209-8124 to request 1099-G form through our automated phone service. For more information, visit on.ny.gov/1099-G.

  • Partial Unemployment Update - 1/18/2021: As of January 18, 2021, New York State has modified the rules for partial unemployment eligibility so that New Yorkers can take on part-time work without losing disproportionate unemployment and pandemic benefits. For information on how this impacts weekly certifications and guidance for claiming partial benefits, refer to the Partial Unemployment Eligibility web page, social media platforms, and emails and text messages sent directly to claimants.

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Paid Sick Leave
Governor Cuomo enacted a law that provides benefits - including sick leave, paid family leave, and disability benefits - to New York employees impacted by the mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. If your employer does not comply with this law, you have the right to file a complaint.
Healthy Terminals Act
On March 25, 2021 Governor Cuomo signed the Healthy Terminals Act which now establishes specific standards of wage rates for covered airport workers in New York state.
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