New York State Excluded Workers Fund
New York State created the first-in-the-nation $2.1 Billion Excluded Workers Fund to provide direct cash assistance to workers ineligible for state unemployment benefits or federal COVID-related income relief.
However, the Cuomo administration has established regulations to access this fund that place significant barriers before the workers who urgently need these funds.
The Fund for Excluded Workers Coalition has explained that there is not a clear path to victory to overturning the regulations and there are significant risks, including delaying the program’s expected start date. The clearest path forward is pushing the Cuomo administration to exercise its fullest discretion to ensure the fund is accessible to all excluded workers.
ACTION: Send an email to Westchester legislators who supported the Fund for Excluded Workers, asking them to contact the Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon to ask for a meeting to address these concerns and urging the DOL to exercise discretion and to apply the broadest interpretation of the regulations and exercise discretion.