Excluded workers fund

Diaspora Community Services Is Here to Help You!

WHAT IS EWF?

Diaspora Community Services is partnering with the NYS Department of Labor to assist individuals with applying to the Excluded Workers Fund. Our organization has been contracted to serve as a trusted messenger and helper within our community. We are here to provide outreach and direct support to assist excluded workers with receiving Excluded Worker Fund (EWF) benefits. The EWF offers relief to workers who have suffered income loss due to COVID-19, but who are ineligible for Unemployment Insurance or related federal benefits. 

 Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. Applications will not be accepted by mail.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE WITH APPLICATION YOU CAN CONTACT OUR OFFICE AND WE HAVE STAFF READY TO HELP!

The application process for workers seeking to receive funding from the EWF is now OPEN! You may use a mobile device or computer to submit your application, which is available in 13 different languages. The application will ask you to prove 3 things: 

IDENTITY

RESIDENCY

WORK HISTORY

APPLICATION FORMS WILL NOT INCLUDE QUESTIONS ABOUT IMMIGRATION STATUS OR CITIZENSHIP!

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 prior to April 3, 2020;

  • 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 a 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

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 1can qualify for this tier.

 

Note: New York State will withhold 5% of the benefit in state taxes. Fund payments may besubject to federal taxes. Please consult an accountant or attorney for tax advice.

WILL THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SHARE MY 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Department of Labor will ask applicants to prove their identity, NYS residency, and pre-pandemic

employment and earnings by submitting documents through the application. The charts below summarize what documents you can submit to meet the requirements. 

YOU MUST PROVE YOUR IDENTITY WITH 4 TOTAL POINTS FROM THE CHART BELOW.

IDENTITY

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ENGLISH

SPANISH

EXAMPLES:

Foreign Photo Driver's License (Expired 2 years or less) = 2 points

+    

NYS Office of Mental Health Photo ID Card = 2 points

=    

4 points

Foreign Birth Certificate = 1 point

+    

DMV Learners Permit = 3 points

=    

4 points

Foreign Photo Driver's License (Expired 2 years or less) = 2 points

+    

Foreign Birth Certificate = 1 point

=    

3 points

 

YOU MUST PROVE YOUR RESIDENCY WITH 1 OF THE FOLLOWING:

RESIDENCY

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ENGLISH

SPANISH

Applicants may be eligible for Tier 1 ($15,600 pre-taxes) or

Tier 2($3,200 pre-taxes) of the Excluded Worker Fund

WORK HISTORY

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ENGLISH

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SPANISH

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I APPLY?

DOL will begin processing your application. If additional information or corrections are required, DOL will send you a text message or email (based on your preferred method of communication) with a link advising you to sign-in to your account for details. Once you sign-in, follow the instructions to see which documents need to be corrected or resubmitted and why. You will have 7 calendar days to respond from the date and time of the email or text notification. If a response is not received within the timeframe provided, a determination will be made based on the available information. 

Applicants should diligently monitor their accounts, text messages, and emails for any status updates or requests for additional information. Text messages will be sent from (833) 586-1144 (toll free). Email notifications will be sent from EWF@labor.ny.gov. Applicants may also receive a phone call from an EWF representative if additional information is needed. In such cases, we will only be calling you from (877) 393-4697.

Once a determination is made, DOL will send you a text message or email letting you know whether your application was approved or denied.

APPEALS

What if DOL rejects any of my documents or denies my application? 

Applicants who are denied benefits or otherwise disagree with DOL’s determination in their case have the right to appeal. You will receive a text message or email from DOL when DOL makes a determination or identifies a problem with your application. To appeal, sign-in to your account immediately and follow the instructions.

Applicants have 72 hours to select the "Appeal" button to initiate an appeal before the determination is final. 

Once you appeal, DOL will conduct a heightened review of your application.

IMPORTANT NOTE!

The application will ask you to choose to receive notifications by text or email.Once you start or submit your application, you must PAY ATTENTION to texts or emails on a daily basis for notifications from the Department of Labor requiring immediate response. 

You will receive a notification asking you to provide additional information or documents within 7 calendar days from the date of the notification. 

If DOL does not receive a response within the timeframe provided, it will make a determination based on the information it has. When DOL completes the review process, it will send you a text message or email letting you know whether it approved or denied your appeal. Appeals can take up to three weeks to process.It can take longer if additional information is needed.