UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

When is the last day to claim weekly unemployment benefits in NY?

The federally-funded additional jobless support is set to end soon, but how long is left to make a claim for any back payments you may be owed?

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When is the last day to claim weekly unemployment benefits in NY?
MIKE SEGAR REUTERS

Throughout much of the pandemic the federal government has made funds available for struggling Americans who have lost a source of income due to covid-19 and the ensuing economic consequences.

Some states have opted to remove themselves from the federal programme prematurely but for the remainder, including residents of New York State, the additional support will end on 5 September, 2021.

The programmes set to expire are:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • Extended Benefits (EB)
  • $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
  • $100 Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)

Extra 30 days to make your additional unemployment benefits claim

The fast approaching deadline for additional unemployment support will be a concern for the estimated 750,000 New York residents who are expected to lose those payments next week. However, if you have not yet filed your claim and started to receive the money, you have an additional 30 days to register for the programme and receive backdated payments for previous weeks for which you were eligible.

Your claim will be assessed by the New York State Department of Labor. You may also still be eligible for the standard Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits after the 5 September deadline, but you must have received no more than 26 weeks (or 104 effective days) of unemployment benefits already this year.

New York lawmaker calls for eviction moratorium extension

Of the 7.5 million Americans currently receiving the additional payments, according to The Century Foundation, roughly one-tenth reside in the state of New York. The impact is therefore expected to be particularly pronounced there, and in a state with such high housing costs many lawmakers are calling on new Governor Kathy Hochul to extend the eviction moratorium.

On Saturday Rep. Hakeem Jeffries authored a letter to Hochul which urged here to extend the moratorium, arguing that the $2.7 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) could be used to cover the cost.

In the letter it is noted that New York has the highest share of renter households of any state, with 46 percent of households renting. The moratorium is due to end on Tuesday 31 August and Hochul has scheduled a special session of the New York State Legislature to discuss possible options.

In a statement, Rep Jeffries wrote: “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment, and Governor Hochul should use her authority to ensure that no one is evicted while we work together to improve the rental assistance process for everyday New Yorkers.”