Unemployment & Paid Leave

Unemployment Assistance

You can apply for Unemployment Insurance with the New York Department of Labor here.

Visit the Unemployment Insurance link above for answers to these and other common questions.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program has been developed to support Americans who are unable to work due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but do not qualify for traditional Unemployment Insurance benefits.

To learn more and apply for PUA, visit:

Traditional Unemployment Insurance benefits are determined by a percentage of your previous employment earnings. You will be informed of the exact amount you will receive after your application has been approved.

The New York Legal Assistance Group has compiled a fantastic FAQ for workers’ rights, unemployment rights, and more. Visit the FAQ below:

Paid Sick Leave

If your employer is subject to a mandatory or precautionary quarantine order due to COVID-19, you are eligible for Paid Sick Leave. This does not apply to those who can work from home.

Most employees are granted up to 2 weeks paid quarantine leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

The number of days guaranteed to employees is determined by the size and income of the employer. For a complete breakdown of entitlements, see the following link:

Employees do not need to apply for Paid Sick Leave, enrollment is handled by the employer. If you are eligible, you should receive payment automatically.

Employers: for more information on applying for Paid Sick Leave, read the NY Paid SIck Leave Fact Sheet. You can find more information on obtaining an Order for Mandatory or Precautionary Quarantine here.

Paid Family Leave

The New York State Paid Leave Law grants employees who have worked at least 26 weeks up to 10 weeks of paid family leave.

If your child’s school has closed or your child-care provider has become unavailable due to COVID-19, you may take up to 12 weeks of paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

If a family member experiences symptoms of COVID-19, you have the right to 2 weeks of paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Typical Paid Family Leave benefits provide up to 60% of your pay, up to a maximum of $840.70 per week. The actual amount and duration one may receive may vary. Please visit the New York Paid Family Leave FAQ for further information.

If you are applying for yourself, apply here.

If you are applying to care for a child, apply here.

If you are applying to care for a sick family member, apply here.