New York Gig Worker Unemployment Insurance Filing help
New York State has a different process to file for Unemployment Insurance benefits if you are a gig or contract worker affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic non-essential worker shutdowns. Below is a quick step by-step guide of what to do.
PERSONAL INFORMATION, PART I
“How many employers have you worked for in the past 18 months?”
In answering this question, count yourself as an employer if you were self-employed.
In the example below, if you had no other employment in the past 18 months, select “One employer” from the drop-down.
ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION, PART 1
Question #5. “Other than part-time work, on-call work, or owning a single-family rental unit, do you have a business or are you engaged in any activity which brings in or may bring in income?”
In answering this question, think of your self-employment as a “business or any activity” and identify whether you are still self-employed or if that still “brings in or may bring in income.”
In the example below, select “No” if you are no longer self-employed or if your self-employment no longer brings in income.
MOST RECENT EMPLOYER INFORMATION, PART 1
“The Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) is a 9-digit number which can be found on your copy of the W-2 form from the employer.”
“Federal Employer Identification (FEIN):” – Leave blank
“If you do not know the FEIN, enter your most recent employer’s New York State Employer Registration Number (ER) Number. The ER number is a 7-digit number which can be found on the IA 12.3 Record of Employment form which your employer may have provided you.”
“New York State Employer Registration Number (ER Number)” – Leave blank
MOST RECENT EMPLOYER INFORMATION, PART 2
“Provide the following information about your most recent employer. When you have finished, click Continue.”
“Last Employer Name” Type “Self-employed”
“Address” Enter either your business or residential address
“Employer’s telephone number:” Enter either your business or residential phone number or cell number
Above information was sourced from Official New York guide PDF which is awful to view on mobile and tablets.
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