Unemployment Insurance Benefits

With the passage of the federal stimulus package, known as the CARES Act, REBNY has compiled relevant information related to unemployment insurance benefits for independent contractors, including many of our REBNY members and real estate community. On this page, you will find resources to help you navigate the unemployment insurance process, including:

Unemployment Benefits Resources

The CARES Act has expanded unemployment insurance benefit programs for independent contractors during the Coronavirus crisis. REBNY has put together resources to guide our members and the real estate industry through the application process for unemployment claims.

For more information on how to apply for employment benefits, download REBNY Resources: How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits in the Federal Stimulus Package During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis (PDF).

For a checklist on what personal and business information is required of independent contractors when filling out forms to claim unemployment insurance benefits, please download REBNY Resources: Unemployment Insurance Claims Application Checklist for Independent Contractors During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis (PDF). This checklist does not apply to traditional W2 employees.

For additional information on the application process for unemployment insurance, download REBNY Resources: Frequently Asked Questions about Unemployment Insurance Benefits During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis (PDF).

New York Department of Labor Resources

For a step-by-step guide on filling out the Unemployment Insurance Claim for independent contractors, click here to read the Department of Labor’s guidance.

For FAQs and general information on unemployment claims, click here to read the Department of Labor’s Updated FAQs on Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

To contact the DOL, send them a message here or call the here: 800-833-3000 or (888) 209-8124.
DOL Call Center Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

REBNY Support

To better assist our members with questions and guidance on applications for unemployment insurance during this time, REBNY has created a Support Email Address. Please reach out to REBNY Support at uibenefits@rebny.com with any questions or needs and a REBNY staff member will respond to your inquiry.