New York COVID-19 Pandemic Laws In 2021

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Unemployment

  • Mainly a continuation of the 2020 Laws
  • General Extension – Programs End September 5, 2021
    • PUA
      • Available until the sooner of September 5, 2021 and 57 total weeks of eligibility
      • New Claimants (beginning February 1, 2021) have additional documentation requirements
    • PEUC
      • Available until the sooner of September 5, 2021 and 99 total weeks of eligibility
      • Applications from September 7, 2020 and later have 46 total weeks of eligibility
    • FPUC or PUC
      • $300/week 
      • Start – Week Ending January 3, 2021
      • End – Week Ending September 5, 2021
      • No PUC benefits from July 27, 2020 – December 27, 2020
  • Continue to certify for weekly benefits.  This remains as important as ever.
  • *NEW* Part Time Rule
    • Part-time work is now allowed
    • Instead of counting days worked, claimants can count hours worked
    • This allows for some benefits to be given even though a person is working
  • Additional Information
  • Common Issues and Solutions
  • Undocumented* – NEW LAW IN NY 2021 BUDGET

    • Undocumented immigrants can receive the equivalent of UI or PUA benefits
    • These will be one-time payments (1 lump sum)
    • Maximum amount of $15,600.00
    • Must show that they are NYS residents, ineligible for UI, and lost income because of COVID-19
      • Tax ID Number (TIN) NOT required
      • Can use NYS ID; school transcript; utility bills; bank statements; pay stubs, income tax forms, or letter from employer
    • Guidelines and Application instructions coming soon

Housing

  • Mainly a continuation of the 2020 Laws
  • No Evictions due to financial hardship caused by the pandemic until August 31, 2021
    • There are a few legal requirements associated with this protection for tenants
    • NOTE: Rent is still due. Pay now if you can.
  • Utilities cannot be shutoff for failure to pay
  • No Mortgage or Tax Foreclosures due to¬†financial hardship caused by the pandemic until August 31, 2021
    • There are also a few legal requirements for Landlords to qualify for this protection
    • This protection also prevents any related negative credit reporting
  • Additional Help
  • Related: Similar protections for small businesses

Labor

  • Employees are entitled to 4 hours of paid time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
    • This applies for each injection, if the employee needs more than one
    • Additional details depend on the company
    • General Guidance
  • Sick Leave
    • Employers with at least 5 employees or more than $1 million in net income must provide paid sick leave
    • Employers with less then 5 employees and less than $1 million in net income must provide unpaid sick leave
    • Most companies must provide 5 days or 40 hours of leave
    • Additional Details

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