COVID-19 Worker Benefits

If you have become ill with COVID-19 as a result of your work you should be eligible for Workers’ Compensation for your lost worktime and medical expenses.

Notify your employer immediately and file workers’ compensation Form C-3 with the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board, doing both as soon as possible.  On the C-3 form you will be asked: 1) to describe when your illness started; 2) to provide details about the symptoms you’ve experienced. Your employer may try to claim that your illness was not a result of your work, but the decision is up to the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board, not your employer. If you need advice or support contact the Occupational Health Clinical Center (funded by NYS Department of Health), http://ohccupstate.org/workers%20comp.htm

If you contracted COVID-19 away from work, file for NYS disability benefits http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/offthejob/db-overview.jsp#howToFileClaim

If your job was deemed non-essential and you were laid off, apply for Unemployment Insurance from the NYS Department of Labor.

If you are under an order of mandatory or precautionary quarantine or isolation for COVID-19 issued by a governmental entity (e.g. Department of Health), file for Paid Family Leave or Paid Sick Leave https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/COVID19

If your minor child is under an order of mandatory or precautionary quarantine or isolation for COVID-19 issued by a governmental entity (e.g. Department of Health), file for Paid Family Leave https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/COVID19

If you are caring for a family member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, file for Paid Family Leave https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/COVID19

If your child(ren)’s school was closed and you must care for them, learn more about your eligibility for paid sick leave from your employer under the new COVID-19 federal law https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave