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Excluded Worker Fund

Applications for the Excluded Worker Fund are officially open!

On April 6th, 2021, state legislators and the Governor approved a state budget that includes a $2.1 billion fund for excluded workers. This historic victory is the first of its kind in the US.

Excluded workers have been on the frontlines of this pandemic, but haven’t received any state or federal financial support. This fund will provide direct assistance to those workers, finally providing the relief so many others have already received.

This fund will provide a one-time payment for help with income that was lost between March 27th, 2020 and April 1, 2021 but are excluded from state Unemployment Insurance (UI) and federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

If you think you are ready to apply with CCSM's assistance, please use our pre-screening tool to ensure you have all the proper documents! If applying on your own, you can use our coalition's screening tool to see if you have enough points to apply.

Table of Contents

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Overview of the Excluded Worker Fund

Application Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Gathering your Documents

ITIN Guidance

How to talk to your employer

Tips if you apply yourself

Appealing the Decision

Employers and Allies: How to support

Resources in additional languages

Who is an Excluded Worker?

An excluded worker is someone who is ineligible for state unemployment benefits or federal COVID-related relief funds. Do all of the following apply to you?

  • Live in New York State now;

  • Have lived in New York State since before March 27, 2020;

  • Worked at least 15 hours per week before losing your income or wages;

  • Have at some point between February 23, 2020 and April 1, 2021 lost 50% or more of your wages or income because of:

    • COVID-related unemployment, partial unemployment, or inability to work OR

    • COVID-related death or disability of breadwinner or major household source of income;

  • Be ineligible for Unemployment Insurance or federal COVID-related income relief; AND

  • Have earned $26,208 (gross) or less between April 19, 2020 and April 19, 2021.

Note: Receipt of 1 or more stimulus checks does not impact your eligibility for the fund. You can still apply even if you received stimulus payments.

You must be 18 years or older to apply.

Applying for the Excluded Worker Fund DOES NOT count toward Public Charge.

If you are paid in cash / off the books and do not have any of the documents listed in the checklist, there is no solution for you for now. We are advocating very hard for a solution for cash earners - help us by calling your legislators and telling them you are having this issue!

What does the Excluded Worker Fund offer?

  • Tier 1: $15,600 pre-taxes ($300 per week for 52 weeks)

  • Tier 2: $3,200 pre-taxes (equal to the 3 federal stimulus checks). Workers ineligible for Tier 1 can qualify for this tier

Note: Recipients will pay 5% of the benefit in state taxes. Fund payments may be subject to federal taxes. Please consult an accountant or attorney for tax advice.

When and how can I apply?

Applications are open at dol.ny.gov/EWFApply! DOL answers frequently asked questions at their websites, as well as lists any updates and changes to the application. We will update our website as we are able, but the most up-to-date info will always be on the DOL's website.

CCSM is providing direct application assistance beginning the week of August 9th- to schedule an appointment for support, fill out our screening tool.

The Excluded Workers Fund will not charge you a fee to apply.

Please make sure you have all of your documents before submitting your application. If you disagree with their decision, you have 7 calendar days to make an appeal and one week to gather your documents.


Will the Department of Labor share my personal information with immigration enforcement agencies?

No. There are criminal penalties for disclosing any documents, including those from employers, submitted as part of your application to any government agencies, including ICE. Your documents will only be used for determining eligibility and will not be shared with anyone outside of the application process, unless to comply with a judicial warrant or court order.



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