A legal effort is underway to help people file their unemployment insurance claim in New York.
There have been countless issues, and even though New York State officials say progress is being made – some are neither satisfied, nor paid.
The New York State Bar Association and court system is offering pro bono legal services for those who need help securing unemployment benefits.
The process will allow people to go to a website (click here) and be matched with a lawyer who can help them through the appeal process.
There will be no charges if their claim is denied.
“Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are out of work due to the coronavirus, and we know that some of them will need help to obtain the unemployment benefits to which they are entitled,” Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said.
NYSBA President Henry Greenberg said the benefits are a lifeline, and people desperately need them.
“We know that unemployment benefits are a lifeline for many families, and we welcome the opportunity to provide assistance,” he added.
Meanwhile, New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon told Spectrum News that the program will help.
“Becoming unemployed is one of the most stress-inducing things that can happen in a person’s life, and we are dedicated to reducing that anxiety any way we can. This program will help ensure New Yorkers can access the benefits they need and deserve,” she said.