In New York State, advocates, legislators, and the governor are currently debating the merits of a proposed Unemployment Bridge Program (UBP), which would provide coverage in case of job loss… Read more
Response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recession spurred a wave of policy innovation around the country. The pandemic revealed weak spots in our social safety net, and governments scrambled to… Read more
During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, New York State came closer than at any point in its history to having an unemployment insurance system that served the whole population…. Read more
Immigrants without work authorization perform crucial jobs in our economy, but are denied unemployment benefits when they lose work. States are looking to change this, and to address other systemic… Read more
Read the 2-page summaries of how the fund helped workers and communities. In English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Bengali, and Arabic.
Medicaid enrollment can be a daunting process for many people—both U.S.-born New Yorkers and those who are foreign-born.
An up-close and personal view of how the Excluded Worker Fund has been making a life-changing difference for immigrants in New York.
Implementation of the Excluded Worker Fund went smoothly and reached 130,000 New Yorkers. Read about lessons for other states…and reasons to replenish the fund.
In April 2021 New York’s governor and legislature included in the state budget a groundbreaking program to ensure that all New York workers had some form of unemployment compensation during the Covid recession.
Through the depths of the withering Covid recession, regular Unemployment Insurance and emergency Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provided crucial income support for most people who lost their jobs.