How To Apply For Unemployment In NY

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Long Island News Post Published on April, 30th 2020 | Written by Nick P


Are you one of the millions of New Yorkers who are out of work due to the COVID-19 Pandemic? If so, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits from both state and federal governments.

Many New York areas, especially on Long Island the locals have been hit hard by the Coronavirus. See here the List of Coronavirus Cases By Long Island Towns. If you are out or work, be sure to claim NYS unemployment benefits.

To collect unemployment benefits you must first file for unemployment with the state and claim benefits each week while you are out of work. Some people who do not qualify for standard Unemployment Insurance may qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

How To File For Unemployment In NY

If you are eligible to receive NYS unemployment benefits, there are multiple ways you can submit your claim. You can either file an unemployment claim by telephone or online using the NYS's website.

TAKE NOTE: NYS unemployment claims are processed by the first letter of your last name! So be sure to file on the correct day of the week. Last names that begin with A-F file on Monday, G-N on Tuesday, and O-Z on Wednesday. If you miss the day assigned to your last name, you may file any day after Thursday.

After filing for unemployment benefits, you must then submit a claim for every week you are out of work by logging into the state website and selecting “claim weekly benefits”.

In a recent press conference NY Govenor Cuomo made it clear he and his team in Albany, NY are working hard to get people their unemployment checks. There have been mixed comments about receiving a call from New York State the day after placing your claim.

How Long Until I Get Unemployment Money?

Because so many people have filed for unemployment applications in recent weeks, the amount of time it has taken to receive payments has varied for many people. There have been reports of receiving payments the week following filing for a claim, and others stating they have not received payment in over a month.

The New York State Unemployment website states that they have been receiving an unprecedented amount of web traffic and telephone claims in recent weeks. If you do not receive money right away, be patient. Ask friends and family who are also on unemployment for assistance if you have any questions, as it seems like it is not possible to reach an actual person for assistance.

How Long Is Unemployment In NY

How long unemployment in NY lasts may varies but consider yourself lucky if you are already collecting. Because many people have been waiting for over a month and some close to 2 months in recently applications filed. See this NYS Government website because it is another helpful resource to get unemployment assistance.

How Do I Get The Extra $600 A week?

The Federal Government has signed a law into effect that entitles citizens who are out of work due to COVID-19 to an extra $600 a week in addition to the standard rate you would have received.

If you qualify for NYS unemployment, there is nothing you need to do to receive the additional $600. However, it has been reported that the initial payment from the state was received with a debit card preloaded with funds, before being converted to direct deposit payments.

What Is Pandemic Unemployment Assistance?

Our current 45th United States President Donald Trump signed Pandemic Unemployment Assistance into law on March 27, 2020, to aid workers who were directly impacted by COVID-19. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance may help individuals who do not qualify for traditional Unemployment Benefits.

Because such a significant amount of self-employed workers and independent contractors have lost work due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this program is much needed for them.

According to the NYS dept of labor unemployment , you may be eligible to file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance of seen in the list below.

List of Eligibility Factors To Collect Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

  1. You were diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus)
  2. A member of your household was diagnosed with COVID-19
  3. You are providing care to a household or family member diagnosed with COVID-19
  4. You are the primary caregiver for a child or other person who is unable to attend a school or another facility due to COVID-19
  5. You are unable to reach your place of employment because of an imposed quarantine
  6. You are unable to reach your place of employment because you were advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine
  7. You were scheduled to start work and do not have a job as a result of COVID-19
  8. You became the “breadwinner” or major support provider for your household because the previous breadwinner or provider died from COVID-19
  9. You quit your job because of COVID-19
  10. Your place of employment is closed because of COVID-19
  11. You are self-employed, seeking part-time employment, or do not otherwise qualify for benefits

If you are not sure if you qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, we suggest that you contact your former employer for assistance.


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