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15 April 2020

COVID-19 Benefit Alternatives for Individuals and Small Business Help Links

  • 15 April 2020
  • Author: Anupam Garg
  • Number of views: 1033
COVID-19 Benefit Alternatives for Individuals and Small Business Help Links

During these uncertain times where so many of us are facing unexpected adversities, we here at ShelterPoint understand how important it is to find help to make it through the hardships caused by COVID-19. As an insurance carrier for state-mandated insurance, our direct ability to help is limited to the benefits we provide through NY Paid Family Leave and statutory disability in NY (and NJ). But we want to do more and help you navigate the many online  resources for options and alternatives beyond the NY “Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave” program.  We have hand-selected  a link collection that may be helpful for you depending on your specific circumstances:


Help & Benefit Alternatives for NY Employees/Individuals

New York State Resources beyond NY’s “Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Pay”

New York Unemployment Insurance FAQs
Direct link to Filing for NY Unemployment Insurance

Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) Response to COVID-19
Direct link to Filing a Claim


Resources on Federal Acts

“Families First Coronavirus Response Act”
from the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division (DOL)

Employee Paid Leave Rights | Spanish

Questions and Answers

Employer Paid Leave Requirements |  Spanish


“U.S. Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)”
from the DOL

FMLA forms Family & Medical Leave Act 

“Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)”
from various sources

The CARES Act Has Passed: Here Are The Highlights  (from

What You Need to Know and Do About the CARES Act  (from the NY DOL)

Economic Impact Payments – What You Need to Know  (from the IRS)


Help for Small Businesses

Coronavirus Relief Option for Small Business in New York

NYC Small Business Services – Assistance & Guidance for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Resources on the Federal/National Level

Coronavirus Relief Options for Small Businesses
from the Small Business Administration:

Best Small Business Loans for 2020 (from


“Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)”
from the Society for HR Management (SHRM):

Analysis of CARES Act Employer Provisions


“Staying Safe” Resources:

Health and prevention related Resources on COVID-19 (from the CDC)

List of Disinfectants to use against the novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) (from the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA)


Keep visiting our COVID-19 Resource Center often for more useful guidance and information 


This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal counsel. Please consult with an appropriate professional for legal and compliance advice. Any Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave, Disability Benefits Law (DBL) and/or Paid Family Leave (PFL) information is as of the blog post’s date stamp; it is based on the applicable statutes and regulations, and may change as regulations evolve or NY State issues guidance regarding regulations.

Categories: COVID-19 Updates



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