Employment, Benefits & Taxes


See a summary of the benefits that you may be eligible for here.
For Spanish, please click here.

Paid Sick Leave:
For those unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19. The paid leave available to you depends on the size of your employer. Click here. See a quick summary here

Paid Family Leave Claim: 
If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19. Follow the steps under the “How to Apply” tab to apply for paid family care.

See more information about employee sick and family leave, and determine your eligibility here

Unemployment Insurance Claim:
NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. Click here for more information. 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance:
If you do not qualify for traditional unemployment insurance, you may be eligible for pandemic unemployment assistance. This includes part-time workers, self-employed, freelance workers, or workers with limited work history. Payment is based on recent earnings. Click here for information on eligibility and how to apply. Estimate your weekly unemployment benefits here

-If you do not typically file taxes but receive Social Security, SSI, RRB, or VA benefits and have dependent children, you are eligible for $500 per child. Apply here by September 30th

-If you do not typically file a tax return but have a SSN you are still eligible for the economic impact payment. You can apply here.
The deadline has been extended to November 21st to do so.

ACCESSNYC helps NYC residents determine their eligibility for 30+ economic opportunity programs. It has been updated to include COVID-19 resources.

ILMJTCV or I Lost My Job To CoronaVirus is a free platform that was created to help people find jobs. For anyone who recently lost their job, this website can help match you with recruiters and job oppurtinities in your area. 

Looking for employment? See general immediate hiring opportunities here. 
Health and Hospitals is hiring non-clinical staff. Click here for more information. 
Look for training programs for healthcare employment here
Health and Hospitals is hiring non-clinical staff. Click
here for more information.
See other resources for job seekers here 
Additional job searching site: https://working.nyc.gov/
Training opportunities for careers in tech:https://careerdiscovery.cityofnewyork.us/

NYC Virtual Workforce1 Online Career Center has resources on recruitment events, preparing for interviews, and more!

For youth ages 14-24 years old, a virtual opportunity for career exploration and paid summer work experience is available. Apply here!

Resources for small businesses: Small Business Administration Loan Forgiveness  and New York Forward Loan Fund

Freelance Artists Resources: For resources for freelance artists, click here.

Bartender Resources:
For resources for bartenders, click here.  

Online guides:
Economic Impact Payment information: what you need to know
Guidelines and Guidance for Businesses and Workplaces
Determine eligibility for your business to reopen here.
There are also webinars that you can attend for more information on safe reopening.
See guidelines by industry for Phase 2 of Reopening here
See guidelines by industry for Phase 3 of Reopening here
See guidelines by industry for Phase 4 of Reopening here

Benefits: An overview of benefits for employees in NYC are here.If you believe you are eligible for leave and your employer is not providing it, you can file a complaint online


Paid family leave is available for those who stay home because they need to take care of someone who has contracted the virus (Covid-19) or who has been quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional). Learn how to file a Paid Family Leave Claim HERE.


Disability benefits /paid sick leave are available for those who have actually contracted the virus themselves or who have been exposed to it and are quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional in the case of Disability Benefits). Learn how to file a Disability Insurance Claim HERE.


Unemployment benefits are available to those whose hours have been reduced or who have lost their job due to coronavirus measures (and it also applies to those who choose to stay home due to underlying health issues making them more vulnerable). The Governor has waived the 1 week wait time and the person may not be required to be actively looking for work (as is usually required). Learn how to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim HERE. Unfortunately, this benefit is not available to undocumented persons whose hours are reduced or lose their job for reasons related to COVID-19, etc. Assistance with applying for Unemployment Insurance in Chinese or Spanish is available by appointment here.


If your child’s school is closed and you have to miss work to care for them. You might qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Learn how to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim HERE.


Worker's compensation is available for those who are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted Covid-19 while in the regular course of their job (i.e. healthcare workers). Tax Assistance is also available.

Understanding the Claims Process
Filing a Claim for Federal Workers


New York State personal income tax and corporation tax returns originally due on April 15, 2020, have been extended to July 15, 2020. In addition, all related tax payments due on April 15, 2020, may be deferred to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed.  For full New York Tax Response, click here, and for filing dates click here.


Tax filing and tax payments due date is extended from April 15 to July 15. More information at the March 21st News Release and at the IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief Page. Families earning $64,000 or less in 2019 and single filers earning $45,000 or less in 2019 are eligible to use NYC Free Tax Prep. The IRS has additional free resources available here to help you file your taxes.

You may request an extension on your taxes until October 15th. Visit here for more information and to apply.

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