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.
Important Update: As of September 5, 2021, several federal unemployment benefit programs, including PUA, PEUC, EB, and FPUC, have expired, per federal law. For more information, visit dol.ny.gov/fedexp.
Eligibility and Benefits
-UI: Claimants receiving UI benefits, including Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Extended Benefits (EB), must file a new claim online or through NYS DOL’s automated phone system after their BYE date. UI claimants will not receive benefits on an expired claim unless deemed not qualified for a new claim after reapplying.
-PUA: Claimants receiving PUA benefits do not need to reapply at their BYE date. 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.