Details about the Fund for Excluded Workers are not yet complete.
The NYS Dept. of Labor (DOL) may approve additional documents for any of the lists on this page. The DOL also is expected to establish a point system using pay stubs, wage statements, bank statements, or receipts showing earning patterns to determine eligibility and payments.
The information here is current as of May 31. When we get additional details, we will update this page.
What period does the fund cover? It covers wages lost between March 27, 2020, and April 1, 2021.
Who is eligible? Workers who did not qualify for unemployment insurance or federal Covid-related relief and have not earned more than $26,208 in the 12 months before the law’s effective date.
Applicants must be able to show that they are current New York residents and lived in the state before March 27, 2020. They also must show that they lost wages or income after February 2020 because of:
- Covid-related unemployment, partial unemployment, or inability to work; or
- Covid-related death or disability of a breadwinner or other major source of household income.
How much money will excluded workers receive? 2.1 billion dollars have been budgeted. These funds will be distributed using a two-tier system.
Workers in tier one may receive up to $15,600 before taxes. To be eligible applicants must have filed a tax return for tax years 2018, 2019, or 2020 using a valid ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number). Or, they may provide one of the following:
- A letter from an employer giving the dates the worker was employed and stating why s/he is no longer employed;
- At least six weeks of pay stubs or wage statements for the six months before the worker lost the job or hours because of Covid;
- A W-2 or 1099 form for 2019 or 2020 showing wages or income;
- A Wage Theft Prevention Act notice showing employment in the six months before the worker became eligible for benefits (Employers are supposed to give workers this notice when they are hired.)
Workers in tier two may receive up to $3,200 before taxes; this is equivalent to two federal stimulus checks. Applicants will have to show proof of residency and identity as described elsewhere on this page.