A Detailed Guide To The Extended New York Unemployment Benefits

Updated : March 10th, 2021

New York is one of the states that is worst hit by the pandemic-induced economic shutdown. Although the state’s unemployment rate decreased from 9.2% to 8.4% in November 2020, the rate is still higher compared to the previous year. To help residents make it through the difficult times, the state has announced expanded and extended unemployment benefits.  

In this post, we will tell you who qualifies for expanded and extended New York unemployment benefits and when you can expect the payment. But first, let’s learn more about the newly announced programs. 

More About Expanded And Extended New York Unemployment Benefits

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced federal unemployment benefits that will begin reaching people starting January 3, 2020, till March 14, 2021. The newly announced federal programs include: 

  1. Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  2. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  3. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

The newly announced programs varies a little from those announced under the CARES Act in March 2020. 

Previously, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation provided $600 weekly additional benefits, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation offered benefits for additional 13 weeks. On the other hand, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provided benefits for 39 weeks of benefits to those residents who otherwise do not qualify for the regular state benefits.  

However, the newly announced FPUC provides $300 additional benefits per week to the qualified residents, PEUC provides benefits for additional 24 weeks and PUA for 57 weeks. 

“This pandemic has created an unprecedented economic crisis, and New Yorkers have waited in uncertainty for far too long. I have repeatedly called on the federal government to do the right thing by renewing critical benefits to support millions of unemployed families through to the end of this pandemic – and now that Washington has finally acted, New York is immediately delivering those funds,” stated Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

“In the spring, New York led the nation in implementing federal unemployment programs, and this winter, we will once again act swiftly to get money in the hands of New Yorkers who need it most,” added Governor Cuomo. 

Who Qualifies For The Expanded And Extended NYS Unemployment Benefits?

You should meet certain eligibility requirements listed under the CARES Act to qualify for the expanded and extended NYS unemployment benefits

Eligibility Requirements For PUA 

  1. You must have been self-employed (includes independent contractors, gig-workers, and freelancers).
  2. You must not qualify for any other unemployment benefits such as regular unemployment benefits, Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Extended Benefits (EB), etc., in your or another state or territory.
  3. You must have been scheduled to start employment (self-employment or with an employer).
  4. You must be fully or partially unemployed for any one of the reasons. 
  • You had to quit your job as a direct result of COVID-19
  • You were experiencing symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19 and are seeking medical help
  • Your family member has contracted COVID-19
  • You are providing care for a family member diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You are unable to reach your workplace because of quarantine imposed
  • You are unable to reach your workplace because a health care provider has advised you to self-isolate due to concerns related to COVID-19
  • Your workplace has been shut down as a result of the COVID-19
  • You have been scheduled to commence a job but cannot reach the workplace due to COVID-19
  • The head of your family lost his or her life due to COVID-19, and you are the major breadwinner

Eligibility Requirements For PEUC

  1. You must have exhausted all your benefits received through the regular unemployment benefits program. 
  2. You must be able to, available and actively looking for work. (The state may provide flexibility in meeting this requirement if you are unable to look for work due to COVID-19.)
  3. You are ineligible to receive benefits under another state Unemployment Compensation (UC) laws or benefits under any other federal law.

Note – If you have exhausted the 13 weeks of PEUC under the CARES Act and transitioned to the Extended Benefits (EB), you will begin receiving payment under the extended PEUC program once you exhaust your EB benefits.

Eligibility Requirements For FPUC

  1. You must be able to work, look for work, and be available for work. 
  2. You must submit a complete record of work searches.
  3. You must report earnings made during the week of claiming benefits. They include income or wages, vacation pay, paid sick time, etc.
  4. You must be able to work, look for work, and be available for work. 
  • Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  • Extended Benefits (EB)
  • Work Sharing Benefits
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Trade Readjustment Allowances ( TRA)
  • Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE)
  • Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members (UCX)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

    How To Apply For Expanded And Extended NYS Unemployment Benefits?

    If you are currently receiving any of these benefits, you must continue to certify, and the Department Of Labor will automatically roll out your payments. But if your unemployment benefit year has ended, you must reapply online

    How To Reapply For Unemployment Benefits?

    To reapply for New York unemployment benefits, visit Since you have applied for benefits previously, you need not create a new account. Instead, use your existing ID and password and login into your account. Then begin filing a weekly claim.

    Note that the day you should file for benefits depends on the first letter of your last name.

    • If your last name begins with A – F, then file on Monday
    • If your last name begins with G – N file on Tuesday
    • If your last name begins with O – Z file on Wednesday

    If you missed your day, then file any day between Thursday to Sunday. If you have any queries, call representatives at the Department Of Labor and get your doubts cleared. 

    What To Do If Your Claim Is Denied?

    You can request a hearing with the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) if your claim is denied, but you believe you are entitled to benefits. Note that you must request a hearing within 30 days from the date of receiving the denial notice. 

    You can request a hearing either online or by fax. For the online route, visit and login into your account. Choose “Go to My Online Forms,” then click on “Forms Available for Filing.” Next, select the “Claimant Request for Hearing” form, complete and submit it. Alternatively, you can fax to 518-457-9378.

    Final Words 

    The PEUC, PUA, and FPUC programs are the need of the hour for New Yorkers. To add to it the Department Of Labor has listed several job opportunities on their website for you to pick from. Scroll through these openings to find the correct fit as per your experience and needs, to ensure you get through these uncertain times. 


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