Coronavirus - New Unemployment Procedure & PFL/Disability Benefits Information

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), changes have occurred in local laws and standard Employment Department protocols. Please read the following sections carefully and/or often, as this situation is fluid and information is subject to change.

Unemployment Procedure

In an effort to limit the exposure to the Coronavirus, employees who are laid off no longer have to report in person to the Joint Industry Board Employment office to become available for future employment.

You must either email the layoff slip to the Employment Department at or call (718) 591-2000 ext. 1490 to become available for work. You will not be added to the available for work list until you call the Employment Department or the layoff slip is received by email.

Your employer will email a copy of the layoff slip as well to complete the process.

This policy will remain in effect until further notice. 

Please do not visit the Joint Industry Board headquarters at 158-11 Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Avenue in Flushing unless you have an appointment. 

Paid Family Leave & Disability Benefits

New York State law has recently been amended to provide for Paid Family Leave (PFL) and/or Disability leave in certain circumstances due to the COVID-19 infection scenario. Please find below, the two New York State forms that must be completed to process a claim and review the instructions carefully to determine whether or not you may be eligible for benefits.

Instructions for taking PFL for a Minor Dependent Child due to Covid-19 Quarantine/Isolation

Instructions for taking Disability and/or PFL for yourself due to COVID-19 Quarantine/Isolation