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: Extended eligibility for individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for UI benefits (e.g., self-employed workers, independent contractors).
Pandemic Unemployment Compensation: An additional weekly benefit, on top of regular benefits, to all UI and PUA recipients for benefit weeks ending 4/5/2020 to 7/26/2020 ($600) and benefit weeks ending 1/3/2021 to 9/5/2021 ($300).
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation: New Yorkers can now receive up to 53 weeks of extended UI benefits.
Eligibility and Benefits
- UI: If you have not worked for an employer OR earned 10 times your weekly benefit rate since filing your initial claim, you can keep certifying on your existing claim after your benefit year’s expiration date. You do not have to reapply if you did not return to work, but if you choose to reapply, we will review your eligibility for a new claim.
- UI: If you have worked for an employer AND earned 10 times your weekly benefit rate since filing your initial claim, you must file a new claim at your BYE.
- PUA: If you are receiving PUA benefit, you do not need to reapply at your BYE. Instead, just keep certifying weekly while unemployed.
You may need to take an extra step to avoid delays in receiving your benefits.
If you received benefits on a prior claim by using a debit card and you no longer have the card, or if your card has expired, you must call KeyBank at 1-866-295-2955 to get a new card.
If you received benefits on a prior claim by direct deposit, any benefits due to you on this claim will go to the bank account we have on file. If your bank account has changed, please immediately update your banking information by logging into your account with your NY.gov id.