If you find yourself unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic, here is everything you need to know about unemployment benefits and the CARES Act that was passed on March 27th.

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According to the New York State Labor Department, If you are currently receiving benefits, you don't have to reapply, if you are newly unemployed there are several steps you need to take.

Also, remember that you should only apply on the designed day based on your last name.

A-F - Mondays
G-N -Tuesdays
O-Z - Wednesdays
If you missed your day you can file on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday

If You Are Already Approved for UI Benefits:

What you should do:

  • Do nothing except continue to certify weekly. Your benefits will be updated automatically.
    (Please do not call; it will only make it difficult for others to reach an agent.)

What you may qualify to receive:

  • 39 weeks of UI benefits.
  • An additional $600/week until 7/31/2020.
    (Payments begin 4/5/2020)

If You Are Filing a New UI Claim:

What you should do:

What you may qualify to receive:

  • 39 weeks of UI benefits.
  • An additional $600/week until 7/31/2020.
    (Payments begin 4/5/2020)

If You Are Not Traditionally Eligible for UI Benefits:

What you should do:

What you may qualify to receive:

  • 39 weeks of PUA benefits.
  • An additional $600/week until 7/31/2020.
    (Payments begin 4/5/2020)

If You've Exhausted 26 Weeks of Benefits After 7/1/2019:

What you should do:

What you may qualify to receive:

  • 13 weeks of benefits.
  • An additional $600/week until 7/31/2020.
    (Payments begin 4/5/2020)
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