COVID-19 Resources for Members

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On March 27th, Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package, the third in a series of legislative packages responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation does a number of things, including creating a new federal program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), designed to address the special problems for workers created by the Covid-19 crisis.

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have significant effects not only on the health of New Yorkers but on the economy as a whole. With businesses forced to close, workers in all industries are facing unprecedented economic uncertainty.

At the City, State, and Federal levels, policymakers are moving to address some of the most pressing concerns:  

  • The NYS Legislature has passed legislation guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus.
  • Governor Cuomo signed the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy that includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason.
  • The NYS Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage servicers to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the virus.
  • The NYS Department of Labor has waived the 7-day waiting period for applying for Unemployment Insurance benefits.
  • New York State has suspended eviction proceedings indefinitely throughout the state.
  • New York City has a broad Paid Sick Leave Law. Find answers to frequently asked questions here, and more information including which employees are covered and how much time you are entitled to here.
  • At the federal level, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, an economic stimulus plan aimed at addressing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Americans and introducing paid sick leave and an expanded family and medical leave act to the nation’s employers. Read more here.

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Union Plus benefits during COVID-19