Unemployed NoHo. Whether You Live or Work Here, This Is a Stark Reality With Devastating Consequences
There is not a building in NoHo that isn’t affected by commercial shut-downs. Unemployed NoHO – all the entrepreneurs, all the artists with day jobs, all the ground-floor and below-grade businesses that sustain our mixed use evolution need every effort we can muster to evolve and survive. Here are informations and some guidelines:
What You Need to Know and Do About the CARES Act – Helpful Flow Chart
UPDATE (from NYS Senator Brad Hoylman)
Applying for Unemployment Benefits
Starting April 10th, the Department of Labor has instituted a new “call back” feature for applicants. Now, instead of asking applicants to call in with more information (and often wait on hold for hours), the Department of Labor will call applicants directly if their online application is missing certain information. Other procedural updates include hiring an additional 1,000 workers to staff the unemployment insurance hotline, and working with Google to update the application so thousands of people can log on at once. If you have more questions about unemployment insurance benefits, I encourage you to read through these helpful FAQs from the Deparment of Labor.
UPDATE (from BP Gale Brewer)
The State Dept. of Labor is working to improve response times (and their infrastructure) for unemployment insurance, and has hired 300 more operators, expanded service from six to seven days a week, and Google has been hired to enhance intake capability. Meanwhile, in an effort to manage the influx, applicants are now asked to call based on the first letter of their last names, as follows:
- Monday, names starting with A – F.
- Tuesday, names beginning G – N.
- Wednesday, last names with initials O – Z.
If you miss your day, you can also file on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Any claim filed will be back-dated to the date the filer became unemployed, NOT the date of filing. If you are eligible, you will be paid for all benefits due. If you are instructed to call to complete your claim, the ONLY valid number is 1-888-209-8124.
Unemployment Insurance and New York State Paid Leave Here’s the Form
- Employees of small businesses with under 10 employees that have a net income of less than $1 million are entitled to unpaid sick leave and are immediately eligible for New York’s paid family leave program and temporary disability insurance coverage throughout their quarantine period.
- Employees of small businesses with under 10 employees with a net income over $1 million or who work for employers with between 11-99 employees are entitled to at least five days of paid sick leave, and then will be immediately eligible for paid family leave and temporary disability insurance coverage throughout their quarantine period.
- Public employees and those who work for employers of over 100 employees are entitled to at least 14 days of paid sick leave during their quarantine period.
- All paid benefits, as well as unemployment insurance related to COVID-19 will be available immediately, without a waiting period.
- All application forms for paid family leave and disability benefits due to COVID-19 can be found here.
- Parents of dependent minor children who are ordered to quarantine are eligible for paid family leave benefits. The application form can be found here.
- Any new paid sick leave must be utilized before applying and receiving paid family leave and disability benefits.
- The only proof of disability or proof of need for family leave required is a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by New York State, the Department of Health, or a local board of health. Eligibility for these benefits is dependent on possessing an order of mandatory or precautionary quarantine or isolation.
- If your employer is closed due to COVID-19 or a quarantine order, you are not eligible for paid sick leave under the new law, but you may apply for unemployment insurance here. Step-by-step instructions for applying can be found here.
- If you are quarantined yourself, guidance can be found here.
- If your employer is uninsured, your request for paid family leave can be sent to:
NYS Workers’ Compensation Board
Paid Family Leave
P.O. Box 9030
Endicott, NY 13761
- Insurance carriers will pay or deny benefits within 18 calendar days of receiving a completed request. If your employer fails to complete their portion of the forms linked above within three days, you may send in the forms as best completed as you can, with no penalty to your eligibility.
- A paid family leave helpline is available Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm at (844) 337-6303.
- For general COVID-19 questions, there is a Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline that can be reached at (888) 364-3065
F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Plan, NY Times, March 26, 2020
90-Day Mortgage Payment Moratorium for Financial Hardship: Gov. Cuomo has directed New York State mortgage servicers to provide relief for New Yorkers who can demonstrate their income has been impacted by COVID-19.