COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
NEW: Congress recently authorized expanded unemployment benefits of $300 weekly, and extended Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) through March 14, 2021, with benefits fully phasing out by April 5, 2021. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits will resume with $300 weekly payments until March 14, 2021.
Filing for unemployment insurance?
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique, difficult, and unprecedented situation. I know this is the first time many of you may need to apply for these benefits, and we are here to help. If you are impacted by job loss during this time, you can file an unemployment claim 24/7 here.
The best way to file a new claim for unemployment insurance is through New York State’s online filing system. File a new claim here. This is only for new claims. Be sure not to leave anything blank in your application – that will cause a delay.
If you already have a claim, go to labor.ny.gov/signin to make weekly certifications or to view your claim information.
New Yorkers who have already filed partial claims under the old UI system and were told to call the call center to finish their application should NOT - instead, the DOL call center will call these New Yorkers directly.
Additional Helpful Information:
1099-G Update: By the end of January, New Yorkers who received unemployment or pandemic benefits in 2020 will be able to view and print their 1099-G tax forms through NYS DOL’s website. Please note that tax form 1099-G will only be mailed upon request. To request your form by mail, call 888-209-8124 after the NYS DOL announces the 1099-G tax forms are available.
Report Fraud: If you receive a letter from NYS DOL about unemployment benefits that you have not filed for, you could be a victim of UI fraud. If you think you are a victim of UI fraud or believe you know someone who is committing fraud, please report this at on.ny.gov/uifraud.
More Information on Federal Unemployment Extensions: Expanded federal benefits were signed into law in late December. More information from the U.S. Department of Labor and the NYS DOL will be announced soon.
Need Emotional Assistance During this Stressful Time?: Call NY Project Hope: 1-844-863-9314
The COVID-19 pandemic has put unimaginable strain on families, and many need emotional support to get through these trying times. NY Project Hope is the statewide crisis counseling response to COVID-19. Helpline callers can reach a trained crisis counselor seven days a week from 8am to 10pm. The calls are free, confidential, and anonymous. New Yorkers can also visit NY Project Hope’s website to find resources, strategies, and tips to help cope during COVID.