NYS Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Members:
On behalf of the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce, we will strive to provide you - our valued member businesses - with the most updated information as it becomes available to us during this evolving situation. Most recently, we have received the following updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and the State's response to the crisis. We hope that you will find this information helpful, and that it may assist you in navigating throughout this challenging time. 

Paid Leave Bill Signed into Law

In announcing passage of the bill, Assembly Speaker Heastie described its provisions as follows: "In order to help protect New York's workers and to curb the spread of COVID-19, this legislation will make all private and public sector employees eligible for sick leave and wage replacement during a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19."

Employees that work for small sized employers, which includes employers with 10 or fewer employees and that have a net income of less than $1 million, would receive unpaid sick leave and immediately become eligible for Paid Family Leave and Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) benefits.

Those working for medium sized employers, which includes employers with 10 or fewer employees that have a net income of greater than $1 million and employers with between 11 and 99 employees, would receive at least five days of paid sick leave, followed by eligibility for Paid Family Leave and TDI benefits.

Those working for employers with 100 or more employees, as well as all public employees, would receive a minimum of 14 days of paid sick leave.

The bill will allow these employees to collect Paid Family Leave benefits, supplemented by increased TDI benefits to make their weekly wages whole, for those who earn up to a maximum of $150,000 annually. Additionally, it eliminates the waiting period for these benefits, as well as for unemployment insurance for claims related to the coronavirus. It also expands Paid Family Leave benefits to cover an employee or their dependent child if they are under a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to coronavirus."

CLICK HERE to read the bill text. (Must use a current supported browser.)
Changes in Filing for Unemployment

The NYS Department of Labor is adding staff and waiving the seven-day waiting period for claimants to file if they have lost jobs due to coronavirus. Based on the first letter of an applicant's last name, people can file in the following schedule: A-F on Mondays; G-N on Tuesdays; O-Z on Wednesdays. Visit the DOL website for information and updates: https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/

Recommended Resource

The Business Council of the State of New York has compiled resources of value to NYS employers during the pandemic: https://www.bcnys.org/managing-coronavirus