Employers in New York State that are forced to layoff their employees due to COVID-19 (or any other reason) should be aware of the following notification requirements under NY State law.

All employers

Must provide written notice to any employee who goes off the payroll:

  • No matter the reason for separation
  • Whether it is a temporary or permanent separation

The notice must include:

  1. Employer’s Name
  2. New York State Employer Registration Number
  3. Mailing address where payroll records are kept
  4. Instructions to employees to give the information on the form to the UI Claims Center

You may use this Record of Employment (IA 12.3) provided by the NYS Department of Labor as a suitable notice to the employee.

Employers with 50 or more full time workers

Click here to read about your requirements under the WARN Act, which has not been suspended due to layoffs related to COVID-19.


For more information:
Employer’s Guide to Unemployment Insurance Benefits
How To File an Unemployment Claim


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