Important Message for Recipients Receiving SSP Benefits - April Payment Date Change for Direct Deposit

State Supplement Program (SSP) benefit direct deposit payments for April 2017 will be directly deposited on March 27, 2017. Paper checks are scheduled to arrive on or about March 31, 2017. This direct deposit payment schedule change is necessary to complete State Fiscal Year 2016-2017 closeout activities. This does not change the payment schedule for federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or any other benefits issued by the U.S. Social Security Administration. Please call the SSP Customer Support Center at 1-855-488-0541 between 8:30 am and 4:45 pm Monday through Friday if you have any questions.

Mensaje Importante para los Beneficiarios de Subsidios SSP – Cambio de Fecha del Pago de Abril de Depósito Directo

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Resources for Businesses - WorkPays NY

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Resources for Businesses - WorkPays NY

There are work supports for low- to moderate-income New Yorkers that can help bridge the gap between what employees earn and the high cost of living. When lower-wage workers are able to supplement their income, feed their families, and acquire medical care, they will be more dependable, stable and valuable employees.

Major Work Supports for Your Employees

  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) - Assistance for low- to moderate-income households in meeting their home energy costs.
  • Employee Tax Credits - Credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credits, Child and Dependent Care Credit, and many more can help low- to moderate-wage earners to maximize their earnings.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Sites - Employees can have their taxes prepared for free, saving the cost of tax preparation fees.
  • Food and Nutritional Benefits - Nutrition programs such as the School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, Women, Infants and Child program (WIC), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can supplement the food budgets of low- to moderate-income households.
  • NY State of Health Marketplace – Employees can determine eligibility for free or low-cost coverage from Medicaid or Child Health Plus. Employers can use The Small Business Marketplace to offer affordable, high quality health insurance coverage to their employees.

Benefits of Work Supports

  • Improve Attendance and Retention - Employees that are better able to provide for their families’ needs have better attendance. You will have more reliable employees, less turnover and reduced training and recruitment costs, and less employee time taken off from work.
  • Help Supplement Wages - Many low- to moderate-wage employees are eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits, food and nutritional benefits, and other work supports.
  • Be the Bearer of Good News - Employees can receive more income through these supports and you can build trust with your employees by making them aware of these valuable resources.
  • Bring Tax Dollars Home to Your Community - The substantial federal and state dollar influx into your community help boost the local economy and businesses.

What Businesses Can Do

Use your direct access to employees to inform, educate and dispel myths. Employees may mistakenly believe that:

  • Certain benefits are only available to the unemployed and are not for working families;
  • They would need to take time off from work to visit the local social service office;
  • The tax credits and work supports are not large enough to make a difference in their lives

Talk to employees about Work Supports:

  • At orientation
  • At employee meetings
  • Invite community partners/government agencies to speak/ take applications

Provide Work Support information to Employees:

  • Post information on bulletin boards
  • Make brochures available
  • Add to your human resources website
  • Charge Employee Assistance Program with assisting low-moderate earners secure work supports
  • Include informational stuffers with paychecks
  • Promote access to myBenefits.ny.gov
    • An online tool where employees can see if they may be eligible for New York State benefit programs.

NYS Jobs Program

The New York State Jobs Program has a statewide network of job placement professionals that is ready to assist you in filing your entry level staffing needs. Local Jobs staff can help your business find quality employees and promote work supports. They are an excellent local resource on employee and employer tax credits.

NYS Jobs staff are available to provide an overview of employee work supports to your business, including ways to incorporate this valuable information into your Human Resources, Employee Assistance Programs, and other functions in your business. Find a Jobs Program Coordinator in your area.

myBenefits

myBenefits.ny.gov is an Internet-based tool allowing quick, easy and confidential screening for an array of work supports that can help people make ends meet. By promoting the use of this website, you can help dispel myths and help get people connected to supports that can make them better employees.

Employer Tax Credits

Employers doing business in New York can lower their labor costs by taking advantage of Federal and New York State Tax Credits. Employment-based tax credits are designed to lower federal and state liability; translating into savings for you the employer. You may obtain tax credit savings of up to $9,600 by simply hiring one targeted worker for your company. Many of our job seekers when hired may qualify employers for a combination of Federal and State Tax Credits. Employers should consult their tax advisor, accountant or attorney regarding the availability of tax credits.

Employer Tax Credits

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