April 8, 2020
Covid-19 Challenge: Employee Assistance Programs
Perhaps no sector of the economy has suffered more than employees who have been furloughed or laid-off as restaurants, hotels, and stores close and businesses of all types scale back. We have collected information about assistance available to individual employees. As the situation develops, we will continue to post additional information that may help you, including news of new aid programs and services to help those who have lost paychecks or have seen their businesses contract.
NY Unemployment Insurance: New York State is waiving the 7-day waiting period for unemployment insurance for those who are out of work due to COVID-19, quarantine, and any associated policies. The Federal CARES Act will add $600 weekly to unemployed workers for a period of up to four months through July 31.
New York State Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance
Summary of Key Employee Benefits Under the CARES Act
We have published an in-depth report on assistance for Restaurants, including help for restaurant workers here.
Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: RWCF is compiling resources for restaurants and hospitality workers to cope with the COVID-19 emergency, with a complete list of relief funds, which may be able to help.
Resources for Restaurants and Workers Coping with the COVID-19 Emergency
USBG National Charity Foundation: Bartenders and hospitality workers may be eligible for a grant through the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program.
Bartenders Emergency Assistance Program
Architects and Interior Designers
Please see the in-depth article on aid and help available through industry associates at this link: