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FAQ for Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

Last Updated Friday, May 22nd, 4:21pm

Question. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

Answer. Very likely, if you’ve lost your job or a significant number of paid hours. You’re likely not eligible if; you can telework with pay; or are using paid sick or other paid leave benefits. See this NYS State Department of Labor (DOL) chart for more information.[1]

Question. I’m having trouble getting through to DOL or completing my claim. What should I do?

Question. But haven’t I been losing benefits because I can’t get through to DOL or complete my claim?

Question. How do I apply for benefits?

Question. What kind of information or documents do I need to apply?

Question. If I’m a gig worker, independent contractor, or self-employed, do I need to file two different applications?

Question. What if I’ve already been approved for UI benefits?

Question. What do I have to do to receive the extra $600 weekly payments?

Question. What if I used up my 26 weeks of benefits in the last 9 months?

Question. When will I actually start receiving these benefits?

Additional Guidance:

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this page does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. All information available on this page is for general informational purposes only. Information on this page may not be up-to-date. For legal advice, you should contact a lawyer to assess your situation.

[1]Note: Unfortunately, workers without work authorization are not eligible for any benefits under this program.

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Learn more about Unemployment Insurance Benefits and how they’ve been expanded by the pandemic:

  1. How It Works
  2. Determine Your Eligibility
  3. What You Need to Include
  4. How To Apply

View the Unemployment Insurance program guide on ACCESS NYC.

Last Updated Friday, May 22nd, 4:21pm

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