March 20, 2020

Employee Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak

New York State and City Resources

Unemployment Assistance

New York State is waiving the 7-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. Visit the New York State Department of Labor website for more information.

  • NYS DOL is implementing a new filing system based on the first letter of the applicants last name (alphabetical order). If you are filing a new unemployment insurance claim, the day you should file is based on the first letter of your last name. Visit the New York State Department of Labor website for more information.

Worker Layoffs (“WARN Notice”)

The New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires businesses to give early warning of closing and layoffs.

  • Information is available on the New York State Department of Labor website.
  • The NYC Workforce Development Board can help businesses understand their reporting requirements. Individuals also can contact Chris Neale, Director of the NYC Workforce Development Board, at (212) 676-3009.

Alternative to Worker Layoffs

Shared Work is a program employees can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours.

Find Employment

Use the Small Business Services website to find additional employment opportunities.

NYC Opportunity

ACCESSNYC is a portal for NYC residents to determine their eligibility for over 30 economic opportunity programs and benefits. It also includes a regularly updated list of COVID-19 response resources.

Office of Nightlife

The Office of Nightlife is gathering information on lost income from COVID-19-related business closures and event cancellations in bars, clubs, lounges, restaurants, and other social and cultural spaces. If you are a worker, performer, contractor, or business owner in New York City nightlife, please provide details for your lost income in this survey. The survey will be used to collect data for citywide legislation on the impact of closures.

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation was founded in 2018 to advocate for gender equality, racial justice, fair wages, and healthy work environments in the restaurant industry. In the wake of the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic, RWCF’s full focus is on supporting workers, small business owners, and an industry in crisis.

Restaurant workers make up 10 percent of America’s workforce, and they are among the country’s most vulnerable populations. More than 2.45 million restaurant workers live in poverty, and only 14 percent receive employer-sponsored health benefits.

As restaurants across the country cut hours, suspend business, and close for good, many restaurant workers will be faced with long-term loss of income. For months to come, they will need help accessing government benefits and mental health services, paying their rent, and feeding their families.

The foundation has compiled a list of resources available for restaurants and workers. Please continue to check the site as it is continuously being updated.

Gotham Greens Looking for Temporary Staff

Local food producer and urban farming vanguard, Gotham Greens, is looking for temporary staff. Check out the job descriptions here:  Production Assistant and Delivery Driver.

  • looking for 5-10 Production Assistant to be on call starting Monday, 3/23 at Greenpoint (810 Humboldt St. Brooklyn, NY 11222), NYC3 (184-60 Jamaica Ave. Hollis, Queens 11423), and NYC2 (214 3rd St. Brooklyn, NY 11215).
    • Production hours: 7:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday
    • $15.30/hour
  • looking for 2-5 Delivery drives to be on call starting Monday, 3/23 at NYC3 (184-60 Jamaica Ave. Hollis, Queens 11423)
    • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license
    • Delivery Driver hours: open availability between 4:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Saturday
    • $18/hour

Please reach out to Emil Fraija at if you are interested in either position.

Lotus Scoop Seeking a Full-Time Production Specialist

Lotus Scoop ice cream seeks a Production Specialist for its dedicated, batch ice cream factory. They are located on Metropolitan Avenue, near the Morgan stop on the L train in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

You would be part of a two person team that makes thousands of pints of ice cream each week. The role is for someone who understands how to work carefully in a clean, industrial factory environment. It is very quiet, focused and small.

The Production Specialist role requires very heavy lifting, detail recipe following, daily deep cleaning of tools and the factory to State specifications, deadline-driven production, labeling, taping, inventory and regular text communication with the sales team, packing of pints and mastery of ice cream batch equipment.

It is a full-time role, four rotating days per week, that pays $600 per week. English is NOT a requirement but it helps. 

If you are interested in the role please contact Emil Fraija.