Regular New York State Unemployment
New York workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own may be able to get unemployment insurance (UI) benefits of up to $504 per week for up to 26 weeks. If you have not applied for UI yet, you need to apply in order to get benefits. Due to the pandemic, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) is much busier than usual and you may have trouble applying by phone. You should apply online if you can, but you can only do that if you speak English or Spanish.
Pandemic Unemployment – The CARES Act
The federal CARES Act was enacted 03/27/2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Title II, Subtitle A, Sections 2101-2116, of CARES Act contains the Act’s unemployment insurance provisions and may be cited as the “Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act.’’
The Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act makes more UI benefits available during the COVID-19 public health emergency. You may now be able to get one or more of the following additional types of UI benefits:
- 2020 UI Claimant Handbook: https://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/ui/TC318.3e.pdf. (also available in in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish.)
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): https://labor.ny.gov/ui/faq.shtm.
- https://labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/self-employed-ui-guide.pdf (for claimants who have only had self employment for the last 18 months)