Unemployment Benefits – Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
The federal CARES Act provides enhanced unemployment benefits for regular beneficiaries of unemployment insurance and those who would not normally receive unemployment insurance benefits. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is available to individuals who do not normally receive unemployment benefits. PUA offers temporary unemployment assistance to those who are unemployed, partially employed or unable to work because of COVID-19 and are not currently eligible for regular unemployment benefits.
Qualifying for PUA
REALTORS® may qualify for PUA if they meet any of the following criteria:
Individuals that can telework with pay or are receiving paid sick leave or other paid leave benefits do not qualify for PUA.
How to Apply for PUA or Regular Unemployment Benefits
To apply, click here and follow the instructions.
You will have to create a NY.gov account if you do not have one.
If you are filing a new unemployment insurance claim, the day that you should apply is based on the first letter of your last name:
A – F: Apply on Monday
G – N: Apply on Tuesday
O – Z: Apply on Wednesday
If you miss your day, apply Thursday–Saturday.
For more information visit labor.ny.gov.
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