Unemployment Benefits – What you Need to Know

Posted on: 4/16/20 by Myra M. Thorne, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

As layoffs and furloughs reach record highs, companies are struggling to assist their employees through the unemployment process. Marvin and Company would like to offer our clients some resources on the unemployment claims process, please note that this information from the DOL is current as of 4/16/2020.

What are the steps to apply for unemployment benefits?

  • Review the General Unemployment Insurance Fact Sheet
  • Individuals should contact their  state's unemployment insurance program as soon as possible after becoming unemployed.
  • Typically, claims should be filed in the state where the individual works, but it is best to reach out to your home state for further guidance.
  • NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines.
  • In New York State, you must apply based on the first letter of your last name. A - F file on Monday | G - N file on Tuesday | O - Z file on Wednesday
  • When completing the application, make sure that addresses and dates of employment are accurate.

What are unemployment benefits?

  • Individuals should visit https://www.labor.ny.gov/benefit-rate-calculator/ to determine weekly benefits.
  • As noted below, the pandemic unemployment compensation of an additional $600 per week will be added to any unemployment benefits. This includes partial benefits.

On March 27th, the CARES Act was passed. This new law provides the following:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – Extended eligibility for individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for UI benefits (e.g., self-employed workers, independent contractors); 
  • Pandemic Unemployment Compensation – An additional $600 per week, on top of regular benefits, to all UI recipients; and
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation – An additional 13 weeks of UI benefits, beyond the regular 26 weeks already provided, for a total of 39 weeks of coverage.

For additional guidance on unemployment benefits, visit this link: Additional Unemployment Facts.

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