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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

What You Need to Know About Filing for Unemployment Insurance During the Pandemic
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
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Overview

As has always been the case, you can apply for unemployment insurance if you have lost your job through no fault of your own.  Additionally, on March 27, 2020, a law was signed that provides additional Unemployment Insurance (“UI”) assistance to workers impacted by COVID-19.

This new law provides:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): Extends eligibility to individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for UI benefits (e.g., self-employed workers, independent contractors).
  • Pandemic Unemployment Compensation: An additional $600 per week, on top of regular benefits, to all UI recipients through July 31, 2020.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation: An additional 13 weeks of UI benefits, beyond the 26 weeks already provided by New York State, for a total of 39 weeks of coverage.

How Does This Affect You?

If You Are Already Approved for UI Benefits:

What you should do:

  • Do nothing except continue to certify weekly. Your benefits will be updated automatically.
    (Please do not call; it will only make it difficult for others to reach an agent.)

What you may qualify to receive:

  • 39 weeks of UI benefits.
  • An additional $600/week until 7/31/2020.
    (The $600 would be paid the first week of your unemployment claim period but no earlier than 4/5/20.)
 
If You Are Filing a New UI Claim:

What you should do:

What you may qualify to receive:

  • 39 weeks of UI benefits.
  • An additional $600/week until 7/31/2020.
    (The $600 would be paid the first week of your unemployment claim period  but no earlier than 4/5/20.)
 
If You Are Not Traditionally Eligible for UI Benefits:

What you should do:

What you may qualify to receive:

  • 39 weeks of PUA benefits. If you qualify for PUA, your benefit rate will be based on your recent earnings.
  • An additional $600/week until 7/31/2020.
    (The $600 would be paid the first week of your unemployment claim period  but no earlier than 4/5/20.)

 

If You've Exhausted 26 Weeks of Benefits After 7/1/2019:

What you should do:

What you may qualify to receive:

  • 13 weeks of benefits.
  • An additional $600/week until 7/31/2020.
    (The $600 would be paid the first week of your unemployment claim period  but no earlier than 4/5/20.)

Lo que necesita saber y hacer

La ley federal del Cuidado (Cares Act en ingles) se promulgó el 27 de marzo de 2020. La ley proporciona asistencia elevada bajo los Beneficios de Seguro por Desempleo (UI, por sus siglas en ingles) y los Beneficios por Desempleo por Pandemia (PUA, por sus siglas en ingles) a Neoyorquinos. Esto es lo que necesita saber.

Puede descargar esta información (PDF).

Si ya fue aprobado para beneficios UI:

Que debe hacer:

  • No haga nada excepto continúe certificando semanalmente. Sus beneficios serán actualizados automáticamente.
    (Por favor no llame, esto solo dificulta que otros se comuniquen con un agente.)

Lo que puede ser aprobado para recibir:

  • 39 semanas de beneficios UI.
  • $600 adicionales por semana hasta el 31 de julio de 2020.
    (Pagos empiezan el 5 de abril 2020)
Si está aplicando un reclamo de UI nuevo:

Que debe hacer:

Lo que puede ser aprobado para recibir:

  • 39 semanas de beneficios UI
  • $600 adicionales por semana hasta el 31 de julio de 2020.
    (Pagos empiezan el 5 de abril 2020)
Si tradicionalmente no es elegible para beneficios UI:

Que debe hacer:

Lo que puede ser aprobado para recibir:

  • 39 semanas de beneficios PUA.
  • $600 adicionales por semana hasta el 31 de julio de 2020.
    (Pagos empiezan el 5 de abril 2020)
Si ha agotado las 26 semanas de beneficios a partir del 1 de julio 2019:

Que debe hacer:

Lo que puede ser aprobado para recibir:

  • 13 semanas de beneficios.
  • $600 adicionales por semana hasta el 31 de julio de 2020.
    (Pagos empiezan el 5 de abril 2020)
Más información:

Vea las Preguntas Frecuentes sobre UI durante la Emergencia Coronavirus.

Para aplicar para beneficios UI, aplique en estos días:
Las aplicaciones para beneficios UI son basada en su apellido.
A – F aplique el lunes | G – N aplique el martes | 0 – Z aplique el miércoles
¿Se le paso su día? Aplique el jueves – viernes - sábado - domingo

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Per federal guidelines, you must be deemed ineligible for traditional UI before becoming eligible for PUA. Our unemployment application has been updated so New Yorkers can apply for Unemployment Insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

CHeck eligibility 

Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

I am already receiving UI. What do I have to do to receive this additional $600 per week?
Nothing. The additional $600 per week will be automatically added to all regular UI and PUA benefits.

 

Will this additional $600 per week reduce my regular UI benefits?
No. The additional $600 per week benefit will not reduce any UI or PUA benefits.

 

How long will I receive this additional UI benefit?
The additional $600 per week benefit ends July 31, 2020

 

Will this additional $600 per week be counted towards my eligibility for other government programs?
The additional $600 per week payment will not be counted towards your income eligibility for Medicaid 3 and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

 

 

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

I am already receiving UI. How will this program assist me?
If you exhaust your 26 weeks of regular UI, you will receive an additional 13 weeks of additional benefits. You will not need to file an additional claim.

 

I exhausted my 26 weeks of benefits a few weeks ago. Am I still eligible for these 13 weeks of extended UI benefits?
Yes. Anyone who exhausted UI benefits after July 1, 2019 is eligible to receive 13 additional weeks of benefits. You will receive a letter from the Department of Labor advising you to begin certifying to receive the additional 13 weeks of benefits.

 

Will I also receive the additional $600 per week during these 13 weeks of UI eligibility?
Yes. The additional 13 weeks of benefits will include an additional $600 per week until July 31, 2020.

Resources

NY State of Health
If you have lost your health insurance coverage or are uninsured, NY State of Health can help. You may be eligible for quality health insurance at little or no cost. Apply online www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov, connect with an application assistor info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/findassistor, or call 1-855-355-5777.

 

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Do you need help paying for food? SNAP benefits can help you put healthy food on the table. Please visit www.myBenefits.ny.gov for more information and to apply.

 

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
Are you pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding or have children under 5 and need help with healthy foods, breastfeeding or health care referrals? Visit www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic for more information and to apply.