Although the federal government has not stepped up to the plate to help vulnerable citizens, who have recently been unemployed, The New York State Department of Labor is filling a portion of the void.

Weekly $300 benefits to unemployed New Yorkers are set to begin next week.  Workers who initially certified that their unemployment was due to the pandemic, will not have to take any further action.  It has been reported that approximately 435,000 people need to provide additional certification to verify that their unemployment is related to the pandemic.

Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, “Throughout this crisis states’ unemployment systems have been pushed to the limit and constantly-changing federal guidance, including this haphazard presidential executive order-have only delayed our efforts to get benefits to New Yorkers in need.  We are emailing all New Yorkers who are receiving benefits to inform them of their status and, if needed, provide information about certifying for the Lost Wages Assistance program.  All New Yorkers should keep an eye out for these messages and, if an additional certification is required, respond immediately.”

Individuals who will need to submit additional information:

May begin certifying their claim on Friday, September 11 via phone or online
If calling, dial (833) 491-0632 If certifying online, claimants will receive a secure DocuSign email from the Department of Labor with a link to certify for the extra benefits.
If certification is submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, individuals will receive payment starting next week
Payment will be released on a rolling basis after September 15.  This is a tough time for many New Yorkers, make sure that you stay informed, check your mail and your email.   Don’t miss out on the extra $300 benefit that you are entitled to.

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