According to the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board. Disability benefits are temporary cash benefits paid to an eligible wage earner when he/she is disabled by an off-the-job injury or illness. Pregnancy is covered under short-term disability. The benefit is paid by your employer’s disability insurance. This type of insurance is mandatory for most employers in New York State. Find out if your employer is covered.
In order to be eligible for short-term disability benefits, you must have become injured or ill while not at work but must be employed, or recently employed, at the time of illness or injury. Benefit rights begin on the eighth consecutive day of disability and last for a maximum of 26 weeks of disability during 52 consecutive weeks (Benefit checks are processed every two weeks). For employed workers, there is a 7-day waiting period for which no benefits are paid.
The amount of cash to be received via check equals 50% of the worker’s weekly wage and no more than $170 per week. Benefit checks are processed every two weeks up to 26 consecutive times (52 weeks will be covered in total).
When and How to Make a Claim
You must file your claim within 30 days of becoming disabled. Complete the Workers Compensation Board’s form Employee Claim (C-3) as soon as possible to ensure your benefits are not delayed or interrupted. You must also notify your employer in writing of when, where, and how you were injured or became ill. Find more information here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Definitions are important to know. Check this website with answers to FAQs. The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board can be contacted regarding short-term disability insurance for employees at (877) 632-4996.
Other Disability Benefits
For long-term disabilities (a year disability), two federal programs exist. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a Federal disability income program for adults who have worked and now find themselves unable to work due to a disability. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal program for adults and children who meet the definition of disabled and have limited income and resources. The SSI is designed to help aged, blind, and severely disabled people, who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. The benefits are paid by the state.
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The unemployment benefit is available for workers that have lost their jobs at no fault of their own and are ready, willing, and actively looking for work.
— You must be searching and ready for work, and willing to attend meetings at your closest Labor Department Office to qualify for benefits
— If you work part-time you may be able to claim benefits (partial UI)
— If you work more than 30 hours or earn more than $504 in a week, you will not be eligible for benefits
— Find more details about eligibility visiting dol.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/01/P832.pdf
How to Apply
— Get ready your social security number, ID (Driver’s License or Motor Vehicle ID number, Alien Registration Card Number), phone number, address, bank account number or routing number
— Names, addresses, phone numbers of all employers of the last 18 months and wage details
— Create a NY.GOV account at labor.ny.gov/signin and hit the button “Create an NY.GOV account”. If you have an account do not create a new one. For help with your account visit on.ny.gov/techhelp
— File a New Unemployment Insurance and claim your benefits at the Department of Labor website
— Submit required documentation on the Department of Labor website
Watch the application instructional video at youtu.be/shXF675SjEc to learn about every application step. Also, download this handout cap4kids.org/newyorkcity/files/unemployment-insurance.pdf with general information.
After You Apply
— Once a claim is filed, it takes three to six weeks to receive your first payment
— During this time, complete and return questionnaires and phone calls from the Department of Labor
— Continue to claim weekly benefits if you are unemployed and meet the eligibility requirements while waiting for your approval
— If you are eligible, you will receive any back weeks of benefits owed with your first payment
For questions, please visit dol.ny.gov/unemployment-insurance-top-frequently-asked-questions.
Updated on January 26, 2022.