Human Services

Announcing an exciting new way for Sandy clients to navigate the assistance process: www.finddisasterhelp.com .
    
Met Council, Robin Hood, and a couple of Google engineers volunteering their time put their heads together to produce a much need web-based benefit screening tool relevant to Hurricane Sandy relief. The product of those efforts iswww.finddisasterhelp.com , a tool designed to be useful to both the victims of Hurricane Sandy and the case workers that help them.
   
It asks several simple questions about an individual's current situation and responds with a list of benefits they are likely to be eligible for—along with links to online applications. The tool works on smartphones, tablet computers and desktops and does not collect data.
   
After January 28, hurricane survivors will no longer be able to register for FEMA assistance. With this convenient tool, individuals and families can easily begin the assistance process on their own. By blasting the resourcewww.finddisasterhelp.com out to the hardest hit communities, we can ensure as many people as possible register for FEMA before it is too late.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

If you live or work in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk or Westchester counties and you lost your income due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, you may qualify for DUA.
You may qualify for DUA even if you would not normally be able to get unemployment insurance benefits. To find out if you might be eligible for DUA, call the Telephone Claims Center (TCC) at 1-888-209-8124, or 1-877-358-5306 if you live out of state. Answer the questions to indicate that you lost your job as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy.
File your application with the New York State Department of Labor as soon as possible.  The application deadline is December 3, 2012.
The following are examples of situations that may make you eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance:
  • You were injured in the disaster and are unable to work, whether you are an employee or self-employed.
  • Your workplace was damaged, destroyed, or you can't work because of the disaster.
  • Your transportation to work is not available because of the disaster.
  • You cannot get to your job because you must travel through the affected area, and you cannot do that because of the disaster.
  • You were about to begin working, but could not because of the disaster.
  • You got most of your income from areas affected by the disaster, whether you worked for yourself or for an employer, and your business is down because of the disaster.
Please note - this list is not exhaustive.  If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please apply. All applicants must submit wage information and documentation to support their application.


                                     THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

HURRICANE SANDY EMERGENCY RELIEF

ANNUAL LEAVE BANK PROGRAM

 

I. Program Description

Hurricane Sandy had a catastrophic impact upon many employees of The City University of New York.  It is recognized that there may be employees who need to take leave in order to attend to emergent conditions, but that they may not have sufficient annual leave to do so.  The University will create a temporary program, limited to dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy, known as the The City University of New York Hurricane Sandy Emergency Relief Annual Leave Bank Program (the “Bank”).  Under this program, each college creates a pool of annual leave, voluntarily donated by individuals at the campus, who are employed full-time on an annual salary basis for use as annual leave by eligible full-time or part-time/hourly employees.  Eligible recipients may receive up to five days (5) days of paid annual leave for use during the period from the November 1, 2012 until February 28, 2013. The Bank will be administered by each college’s Office of Human Resources, including the Central Office.

II. Criteria for Recipient Eligibility

  1. An employee must be employed with the University in a full-time or part-time/hourly title.  Because of their teaching obligations to students, full-time and adjunct teaching faculty may not be recipients of donated annual leave and necessary absences by full-time and adjunct teaching faculty will have to be managed by the colleges in a different way. 
  2. The employee must have exhausted his/her own annual leave balance and any available unscheduled holidays. 
  3. In order to be eligible to receive donated annual leave, the employee must have been adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy.  The college’s Director of Human Resources will determine whether requests by eligible employees to receive leave from the Bank will be approved.  An employee whose request has been denied may appeal in writing to the Chief Administrative Officer of the College.
  4. The number of hours that comprise a day for the recipient is determined by the title of the recipient.  For part-time/hourly employees, one day equals seven or eight hours, depending on title.
  5. Five (5) days is the maximum number of days that an employee may receive from the Bank.

III. Criteria for Donating Leave  

An employee who wishes to donate annual leave to the Bank must meet the following criteria:

  1. The employee must be in a full-time title, employed on an annual salary basis with the University.  Because teaching faculty do not accrue annual leave, they will not be eligible to participate as donors. 
  1. Donations must be made in increments of one (1) day. The number of hours that comprise a day for the donor is determined by the title of the donor. 
  1. The maximum donation is five (5) days.

IV. Program Requirements

  1. All leave donated to the bank is irrevocable.  Donated annual leave that is not distributed by February 28, 2013 will be used in the Catastrophic Sick Bank Program.
  1. Each day of annual leave donated to the Bank will be debited from the donor’s leave balance as one (1) full day.  Each day of annual leave donated will be credited to the bank as one (1) full day.  
  1. Annual leave may be granted to the recipient retroactive to November 1, 2012.  A recipient utilizing such annual leave is deemed to be in active pay status as though the employee were using his/her own annual leave.  Annual leave and sick leave will therefore be accrued while using donated annual leave to the extent otherwise available.

V. Procedures For Donating Leave To The Hurricane Sandy Emergency Relief Annual Leave Bank

  1. An employee who wishes to donate annual leave to the college’s Bank must complete CUNY Form “Application to Donate Annual Leave (Hurricane Sandy Relief)”, a copy of which is attached, and return it to the College’s Office of Human Resources.
  2. The College Office of Human Resources will review the application and determine the accuracy of all statements in accordance with the donor’s personnel and payroll records, and will notify the employee within five (5) working days of receipt of the application whether he/she is eligible or ineligible.  If the employee is determined to be eligible, the College Office of Human Resources will make the appropriate adjustment to the employee’s time and leave records and will notify the employee of the type of leave and number of days to be debited and when the debit will occur.  The application shall include an attestation by the donor that he/she understands that the decision to donate annual leave is irrevocable.  The donor’s attestation shall also provide that the donor has not been coerced and is not receiving any benefit, express or implied, in return for the donated annual leave.

VI. Procedures For Receiving Leave From The Hurricane Sandy Emergency Relief Annual Leave Bank

       1.   The employee must complete the “Application to Receive Donated Annual Leave (Hurricane Sandy Relief)

  1. The College Office of Human Resources must review the application, determine the accuracy of all statements in accordance with college personnel and payroll records, and complete the appropriate section
  1. The employee should be notified of the disposition of his/her request within five (5) working days of receipt by the College Office of Human Resources, to the extent feasible.
  1. An employee whose request has been deemed ineligible by the College Office of Human Resources may submit an appeal in writing, to the college’s Chief Administrative Officer.  All decisions issued by the college’s Chief Administrative Officer  shall be final and will not be subject to any further appeal by way of employee collective bargaining agreements or otherwise.
  1. For employees who have been deemed eligible to receive donated annual leave, the College’s Office of Human Resources must send a PAF to Payroll to effect the transaction. 
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Evelyn Ortega,
Nov 15, 2012, 3:18 PM
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