The following resources may be helpful to ADAPT members and their families. This list will be updated periodically and will also be available through our chapter office.
Information about Workers' Compensation: The New York State AFL-CIO is encouraging union members (including UFT members, who are all members of the AFL-CIO) who were, or suspect they were, exposed at work to the new coronavirus to promptly file with the New York State Workers' Compensation Board and notify their employer, even if they are not sick yet. The exposure is the injury for which you can file; whether you become ill determines if you will suffer any losses that entitle you to benefits. Your application should contain as much detail as possible about the exposure. This is important because it will help prove your workplace exposure. Having an application in the works is vital in the event that you should die (survivor benefits can be up to $45,000 per year for a spouse who has not remarried or minor children of a deceased worker). Even if a claim for survivor benefits is denied now, it may be useful for the family later to prove workplace exposure if the law is changed in the future.
Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provision of the new federal CARES Act expands unemployment benefits to certain workers who traditionally are not eligible for unemployment benefits under state law. Under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, an eligible individual may collect benefits for a maximum of 39 weeks between Jan. 27, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.