COVID-19: WORK & UNEMPLOYMENT

I am not working

Is my job protected if I miss work because I am sick or someone in my family is sick?


Learn about job protections for people with coronavirus.




What kind of financial help can I get if I am not working?


Summary of Worker Protections Benefits: Click here to view pdf.

  • I am sick or someone in my family is sick: Paid Sick and Family Leave
  • I got sick at work: Worker’s Compensation
  • I don’t know how I got sick or I got sick someplace other than work: Disability Benefits
  • I am not working for other reasons: Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance




Learn more about expanded unemployment programs:


  • NYS Department of Labor: Unemployment Insurance Benefits: Updated FAQs for programs such as:
    • 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.
  • Empire Justice Center: COVID-19 Pandemic FAQS On New York State Unemployment Insurance





I am still working

What can I do if my employer isn’t doing enough to protect my workplace from COVID or is making me report to work even though I am not an essential worker?


  • Call one of the COVID hotlines
    • Nassau or Suffolk Counties: 311 or 631-854-0000 (Suffolk), 516-227-9697 (Nassau)
    • New York State: 1-866-364-3065
  • File a complaint




I am in a vulnerable population and my employer is asking me to report to work outside of my home.


If you are a member of a vulnerable population or have an underlying condition, you can ask your employer for a reasonable accommodation. Make sure to do so in writing and to keep a copy of your request along with proof of sending. Your employer may be required to offer you a reasonable accommodation if doing so does not cause an undue hardship to your employer. Learn more from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.





Last updated July 28, 2020. The situation is changing rapidly. Please check back for updates.

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