New York State is now allowing residents eligible under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program to apply via the state. This includes previously ineligible applicants, including the self-employed and independent contractors.
To see if you’re eligible for Pandemic Unemployment click below https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.pdf
New York State is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to COVID-19 closures or quarantines.
New York State has instituted a filing method based on your last name.
New York State employees can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working decreased hours.
The Federal government has stated that the following individuals are now eligible for Unemployment.
(1) An employer temporarily halts operations due to COVID-19, restricting employees from coming to work; (2) An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and (3) An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member. Also, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.
This is a directive to the States only. The Federal government does not offer Unemployment Insurance. Instead, you must file through your state.