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Employers and Allies


If you are an employer, the best thing you can do is write a letter on behalf of any immigrant you may have had to reduce hours or let go of during the pandemic. You can find and download a sample letter here.

According to the DOL, there is no penalty for writing a letter.

PSA for NY, per the NYS Department of Labor. "Documents submitted to the DOL as part of the Excluded Worker Fund (EWF) application, including those from employers, are not public records and will be used for the sole purpose of EWF benefits administration. Disclosure of such to any other goverment agencies, including US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), is strictly prohibited by law for any purpose other than processing the application, unless expressly authorized by the individual claimant or legally required to do so pursuant to a lawful court order or judicial warrant.

Further, make sure your employees know about the fund, and direct them to our website for further information and support!


Many excluded workers are paid in cash or off the books and do not have any documentation to provide for their Work History requirements. Currently, there is no way for them to apply for the fund. Call your legislators and tell them that community members are having this issue, and spread the word! 


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