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Free Safety and Health Consultation / Shared Work Programs

Free Safety and Health Consultation – The Department of Labor can help businesses in New York City and Long Island with immediate on-site or telephone safety and health consultations. The Department has a team of up to 40 safety and health professionals standing by to help provide information on personal protective equipment; the cleanup of mold, asbestos, lead and other hazards including electrical and mechanical issues; and construction and demolition issues. For an on-site consultation, please call (518) 457-3518 or visit any of the agency’s One-Stop Career Centers.

Consultación de Salud y Seguridad Gratuita – El Departamento de labor puede ayudar negocios en la Ciudad de NY y Long Island con asistencia inmediata en su domicilio o a través de consultas por teléfono. El departamento tiene un equipo de hasta 40 Agentes de Seguridad y Salud esperando su llamada, ofreciendo información con herramientas protectoras, limpieza de asbestos, molde, plomo y otros peligros incluyendo asuntos de electricidad o mecánica; también asuntos de construcción e demolición. Para una consulta, por favor llame (518)-457-3518 o visite uno de los sitios One-Stop de la agencia de Labor.

Shared Work – The Department of Labor can help businesses avoid layoffs by allowing employees to continue to work while collecting partial unemployment benefits. This program is particularly helpful for businesses that are still marginally in operation and can help offset the cost of paying for full time employees. For businesses interested in this program, please call the Shared Work program at (518) 457-2635 or visit any of the agency’s One-Stop Career Centers.

Trabajo Compartido – El Departamento de Labor puede ayudar negocios evitar despidos (por razones de falta de trabajo) dejando empleados continuar a trabajar durante el tiempo que están recibiendo beneficios de desempleo parcial. Este programa es particularmente útil para negocios que operan ligeramente y puede compensar el costo de pagar por empleados de tiempo completo. Para negocios interesados en este programa, por favor llame al programa de Trabajo Compartido (518)-457-2635 o visite cualquiera de las agencias “One-Stop”.

From New York State – Hurricane Sandy Department Services Page.

Adonde se encuentra los trabajos para Huracan Sandy?

Paso 1: Visite la página web del departamento de labor de Nueva York (http://www.labor.ny.gov/home/)

Paso 2: Haga clic en el enlace “Hurricane Sandy Department Services”. Se encuentra en medio de la pagina, debajo de las secciones de Business y Government & Research.

Paso 3: En esta página, en la parte abajo se encuentra la pagina para aplicar. En la séptima viñeta, la penúltima oración del parágrafo va a ver el enlace “online registration form”. Haga clic en ese enlace.

Paso 4: Aquí encuentra la aplicación. Las preguntas dicen:

  1. Are you unemployed? = Esta Desempleado?
  2. Have you lost your employment as a result of Hurricane Sandy?*
    = Ha perdido su trabajo por Huracán Sandy?
  3. Where are you willing to work? (Check all that apply
    ) = Adonde está dispuesto para trabajar? (Escoger todos que aplican)
  4. Do you have transportation to the worksite?
    = Tiene transportación para ir a los sitios de trabajo?
  5. Are you interested in working as a laborer? (This work may include lifting heavy debris, clearing roadways, etc.)*
    = Esta interesado en trabajar como obrero? (Este tipo de trabajo puede incluir levantando escombros pesados, limpiando calles, etc.)

La segunda parte es adonde puede colocar su información para contactarla, y el tercer sección es si Ud. Tiene algún comentario.

EL GOBERNADOR CUOMO ANUNCIA ASISTENCIA FEDERAL DE DESEMPLEO POR DESASTRE AHORA DISPONIBLE PARA LOS NEOYORQUINOS AFECTADOS POR EL HURACÁN SANDY

Los neoyorquinos que trabajen y vivan en el condado del Bronx, Kings, Nueva York, Richmond,
Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland y Westchester pueden aplicar.
Se desplegará personal del Departamento de Trabajo a las áreas de desastre para inscribir a los neoyorquinos impactados.
El Gobernador Andrew M. Cuomo anunció el día de hoy que la asistencia federal de desempleo por desastre ahora está disponible para todos los neoyorquinos que hayan perdido su trabajo como resultado del huracán Sandy. Los beneficios de desempleo por desastre están disponibles para brindar respaldo financiero a cualquiera que haya perdido su empleo y viva en el condado del Bronx, Kings, Nueva York, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland y Westchester.
Esta asistencia complementará el sistema del seguro de desempleo existente en Nueva York y ampliará la elegibilidad para incluir a personas que puedan no estar cubiertas de otra forma. El Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos se ha comprometido a brindar asistencia adicional de ser necesaria.

“La destrucción física ocasionada por el huracán Sandy ha sido terrible y la pérdida de empleos como resultado puede ser más nefasta todavía para los neoyorquinos”, dijo el Gobernador Cuomo. “Estos fondos federales proporcionarán asistencia financiera rápidamente a aquellos cuyo sustento ha sido truncado. Insto a los neoyorquinos impactados a que apliquen tan pronto como sea posible”.

Se desplegará personal del Departamento de Trabajo a las comunidades duramente golpeadas para ayudar personalmente a registrar a los neoyorquinos impactados para que reciban Asistencia de desempleo por desastre.

Cualquiera que se encuentre desempleado debido al huracán Sandy es elegible de inmediato y puede presentar un reclamo ante el Departamento de Trabajo. El criterio para el cobro de asistencia por desastre es más amplio que para el cobro de beneficios de desempleo regular. Específicamente, una persona puede cobrar asistencia por desastre en cualquiera de los siguientes casos:

  • Sufrió lesiones durante el desastre y no le es posible trabajar, ya sea que la persona es un empleado o trabajador independiente.
  • El lugar de trabajo se ha visto perjudicado o destruido, o la persona no puede trabajar debido al desastre.
  • No hay transporte disponible para ir a trabajar debido al desastre.
  • No puede ir a trabajar porque debe viajar a través del área afectada, lo cual es imposible debido al desastre.
  • Planeó comenzar a trabajar, pero no puede hacerlo debido al desastre.
  • Obtenía la mayor parte de sus ingresos de las áreas afectadas por el desastre y la empresa está cerrada o se encuentra inoperativa debido al desastre.

Ejemplos de trabajadores independientes incluyen a propietarios de pequeñas empresas, conductores de taxi independientes, vendedores, pescadores comerciales independientes y granjeros.

El Comisionado del Departamento de Trabajo del Estado Peter M. Rivera dijo, “estas personas quieren trabajar y no pueden hacerlo debido a circunstancias que van más allá de su control. Este dinero irá directamente a ayudar a trabajadores que tienen familias que alimentar y recibos por pagar. Comuníquese con el Departamento de Trabajo y nosotros determinaremos para qué programa califica”.

Para aplicar para recibir beneficios de desempleo o asistencia de desempleo por desastre, aquellos afectados por la tormenta y que han perdido sus empleos o sus ingresos deben llamar al Centro de
Reclamos Telefónicos (TCC, por sus siglas en inglés) al 1-888-209-8124 o al 1-877-358-5306 si viven fuera del estado. Los solicitantes deben responder las preguntas para indicar si han perdido su empleo
debido al huracán Sandy. Debe aplicar antes del 3 de diciembre de 2012, a fin de recibir beneficios.

Governor Cuomo Announces Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance Now Available to New Yorkers Affected by Hurricane Sandy

New Yorkers Who Work and Live in Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester Counties Can Apply

Department of Labor Staff to Deploy to Disaster Areas to Register Impacted New Yorkers
Albany, NY (November 2, 2012)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that federal disaster unemployment assistance is now available to all New Yorkers who lost their jobs as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Disaster unemployment benefits are available to provide financial support to anyone who has lost their job and live or work in the Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties.

This assistance will supplement New York’s existing unemployment insurance system and will expand eligibility to include individuals who might otherwise not be covered. The United States Department of Labor has committed to providing additional assistance if needed.

“The physical destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy has been terrible, and the resulting job losses can be even more painful for New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “These federal funds will quickly provide financial assistance to those whose livelihoods have been upended. I urge impacted New Yorkers to apply as soon as possible.”

Department of Labor staff will be deployed to hard-hit communities to help register impacted New Yorkers for Disaster Unemployment Assistance in person.

Anyone unemployed due to Hurricane Sandy is immediately eligible and can submit a claim to the Department of Labor. The criterion for collecting disaster assistance is broader than for collecting regular unemployment benefits. Specifically, an individual can collect disaster assistance in any of the following cases:

  • Injured in the disaster and unable to work, whether the person is an employee or self-employed.
  • Workplace is damaged, or destroyed, or the person cannot work because of the disaster.
  • Transportation to work is not available because of the disaster.
  • Cannot get to work because must travel through the affected area, which is impossible due to disaster.
  • Planned to begin working, but cannot because of the disaster.
  • Derived most of income from areas affected by the disaster, and business is closed or inoperable because of the disaster.

Examples of self-employment include small business owners, independent taxi drivers, vendors, independent commercial fisherman, and farmers.

State Department of Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera said, “These people want to work and are unable to because of circumstances far beyond their control. This money will directly help workers who have families to feed and bills to pay. Contact the Department of Labor and we will determine which program you qualify for.”

To apply for unemployment benefits or disaster unemployment assistance, those affected by the storm and have lost their job or income should call the Telephone Claims Center (TCC) at 1-888-209-8124, or 1-877-358-5306 if they live out of state. Applicants should answer the questions to indicate they lost their job due to Hurricane Sandy. In order to receive benefits you must apply by December 3, 2012.

Has your business been affected by Hurricane Sandy? Some Helpful Tips

  • Is your job closed as a result of Hurricane Sandy, and you aren’t getting paid?
  • Need legal assistance when filling out insurance forms?
  • Need business assistance or Disaster Relief Loans?

New York’s Empire State Development Agency has created a page to help small-businesses that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. There are a number of services and agencies that may be able to help you, simply click on this link.

Another helpful link is the Small Business Development Center homepage, which has prepared a page with regard to disaster recovery for New York Small Businesses. They can also assist you by sending a small business advisor. If you would like to contact them for a small business idea, or if you already have a business but want to have them advise you, give them a call to make an appointment with them. Their number is 631-632-9070.

The website of Governor Andrew Cuomo also has information regarding disaster assistance and aid.

Make sure to visit FEMA.gov and Disasterassistance.gov to get information about federal aid.

 

Federal Aid Programs for State of New York Disaster Recovery

Federal Aid Programs for State of New York Disaster Recovery

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Release date:
October 30, 2012
Release Number:
HQ-12-123Factsheet

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for New York.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

  • Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable.  Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters.  Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements.  (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
  • Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional.  (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
  • Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.   (Source: FEMA funded at 75 percent of total eligible costs; 25 percent funded by the state.)
  • Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals.  (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)
  • Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance.  Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses.  Loans available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance.  (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
  • Loans up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster’s adverse economic impact.  This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2 million. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
  • Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence.  (Source: Farm Service Agency, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.)
  • Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans benefits and social security matters.

Assistance for the State and Affected Tribal and Local Governments Can Include as Required:

  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for removing debris from public areas and for emergency measures, including direct federal assistance, taken to save lives and protect property and public health.  (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
  • Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state, tribal and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters.  (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)

How to Apply for Assistance:

  • Those in the county designated for assistance to affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) Monday through Sunday until further notice.  Applicants registering for aid should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves (name, permanent address, phone number), insurance coverage and any other information to help substantiate losses.
  • Application procedures for local and state governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved mitigation projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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