COVID-19: What You Need to Know

At this time, to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, the Governor has directed all nonessential state employees to work from home. 

From the NYS Workers' Compensation Board: COVID-19 & Workers’ Compensation Q&A

Policyholders


Need help with your reopening workplace safety plan? First, watch our reopening video. Then, whether you are planning to reopen, or have already reopened, the information available in our COVID-19 Safety Guide for New York Businesses outlines the policies and procedures necessary to address COVID-19 issues in the workplace. The resources are designed to provide the latest guidance so that you understand what you need to do to reopen your business, maintain your business and address any issues that may arise during these efforts. Of course, NYSIF is available to assist you with this process and our staff of safety professionals can be reached at COVID19SafetyAssistance@nysif.com or 877.898.5349.

Have changes to your payroll? The New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board has established a new workers' compensation classification code 8873 – Telecommuter Reassigned Employees. It will be applied to the payroll of employees who, during New York’s stay-at-home order related to the COVID-19 pandemic (and future stay-at-home orders), are reassigned to either: (a) not perform any work duties (idle), or (b) perform clerical work duties at home. The new classification only applies to employees who are reassigned and meet one of these two conditions. Learn more about this new code in our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you’ve experienced a significant decrease in your payroll or are experiencing coronavirus-related financial difficulties, we can adjust your premium payments to help reflect your financial situation. Please contact your Policy Representative to adjust your premium. 

Need to do an audit? The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) has temporarily suspended onsite physical audits by insurers. For a convenient alternative, workers' compensation policyholders can upload audit documents right on our website, swiftly and securely. Upload your audit documents now.

Have questions about employee coverage for COVID-19? An employee must sustain a work-related injury or illness to be eligible for benefits under the New York Workers’ Compensation Law. Generally, mere exposure or quarantining of an employee would not qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, although certain quarantined employees might qualify for disability benefits - see "Workers" below. Claims by employees who actually contract COVID-19 may be compensable if the evidence shows that the contraction was work-related. NYSIF anticipates that there will be many questions about coverage and liability as information about COVID-19 develops. Our approach, at this time, is to evaluate each claim on a case-by-case basis.

Need more information? Register for a NYSIF online account; it’s simple and easy. You'll be able to access important, up-to-date policy and claims information and allow NYSIF to quickly and effectively communicate vital information to you. Create an online account now.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements (From the US Department of Labor, this provides more information on this federal legislation.)

Workers

You may be eligible for workers' compensation or disability benefits. Read more below.

If your employer is a NYSIF policyholder and you are
unable to work because:
Then please
you contracted COVID-19 at your work  notify your employer immediately and file workers' compensation Form C-3 with the NYS Workers' Compensation Board. NYSIF will investigate all claims and make a determination of liability.
you contracted COVID-19 away from work 

file disability benefits/PFL form SCOVID with NYSIF

SCOVID Form - Translations

your job was deemed non-essential and you were laid off   apply for Unemployment Insurance from the NYS Department of Labor

you are under an order of mandatory or precautionary quarantine or isolation for COVID-19 issued by a governmental entity (e.g. Department of Health)

See: Guidance For Obtaining An Order For Mandatory Or Precautionary Quarantine

file disability benefits/PFL form SCOVID with NYSIF

SCOVID Form - Translations

your minor child is under an order of mandatory or precautionary quarantine or isolation for COVID-19 issued by a governmental entity (e.g. Department of Health)

See: Guidance For Obtaining An Order For Mandatory Or Precautionary Quarantine

file disability benefits/PFL form CCOVID with NYSIF

CCOVID Form - Translations

you are caring for a family member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 file PFL form PFL-CARE with NYSIF
your child(ren)'s school was closed and you must care for them learn more about your eligibility for paid sick leave from your employer under the Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act
Not sure if you fit one of the circumstances listed above?  View our Frequently Asked Questions.
Still have questions? Email us.

NYSIF Notices to Customers

Notice Translations  Date
Reopen with the NYSIF COVID-19 Safety Guide    06/18/2020 
Policyholders: We Are Here to Help    05/02/2020
Financial Relief for Our Policyholders  Bengali  Haitian-Creole  Italian  Korean  Polish  Russian  Spanish  Traditional Chinese  04/02/2020
Help for New York Workers  Bengali  Haitian-Creole  Italian  Korean  Polish  Russian  Spanish  Traditional Chinese  03/30/2020
Policyholders: NYSIF Launches New COVID-19 Page    03/27/2020 
Reps: NYSIF Launches New COVID-19 Page    03/27/2020 
A Message to Our Policyholders    03/20/2020 
NYSIF Continues Operations Remotely    03/17/2020
NYSIF Business Continuity Amid the Coronavirus   03/06/2020
  

This page was updated on June 23, 2020

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