COVID-19: What You Need to Know

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


Need help with your reopening workplace safety plan? First, watch our reopening video. Then, check out our COVID-19 Safety Guide for New York Businesses to learn about the policies and procedures necessary to reopen and address COVID-19 issues in the workplace. NYSIF is here to help. Reach out to our safety professionals at

Have changes to your payroll? 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. 

Have your employees been assigned new duties? Please let us know if your employees have been reassigned to either: (a) not perform any work duties (idle), or (b) perform clerical work duties at home. Updating your workers' comp policy with this information may reduce your premium. Learn more about reassigning your workers in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Scheduled for 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.

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.)


Have questions about employee coverage for COVID-19? If you are unable to work due to COVID, you may be eligible for benefits. Our approach is to evaluate each claim on a case-by-case basis and assist our workers through this difficult time. The table below will provide you guidance for your specific situation.

Please note: While the mandatory leave required under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired on 12/31/2020, your employer may have elected to continue to provide leave benefits pursuant to the FFCRA. If your employer is voluntarily providing federal benefits and you are also eligible for NYS COVID-19 quarantine leave benefits and your NYS benefit would be more money than your federal benefit, you may be able to receive your federal benefit and the difference between the federal benefit and your NYS maximum benefit. Otherwise, you may receive the federal benefits provided by your employer.

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 and were/are subject to an order of quarantine or isolation for dates between 4/1/20 and 12/31/20 notify your employer immediately as they may be obligated to provide you with paid sick leave benefits under the Federal Families First Coronavirus Act.

you contracted COVID-19 away from work and were subject to an order of quarantine or isolation for dates after 1/1/21, OR subject to an order of quarantine or isolation for COVID-19 exposure for dates after 1/1/21

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

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

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
NYSIF To Resume Applying Interest to Audit Balances  (Effective October 1, 2021) 07/23/2021
NYSIF Announces PPE Credit for Policyholders    08/25/2020 
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 March 17, 2022

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