In the next few weeks, Empire will be sending new ID cards to members currently covered under the Welfare Fund. Due to a recent New York State insurance card regulation, the phrase "self-funded coverage" must appear on the Fund's ID cards.

This is a required administrative change only.


​THERE IS NO CHANGE IN YOUR BENEFITS PROVIDED BY EMPIRE !

Effective January 1, 2022, a Participant may receive a hardship withdrawal to prevent eviction from the Participant's principal residenceonce in a twelve-month period, subject to a maximum of $7,500 per withdrawal. You must submit a written application with supporting material establishing your immediate and financial need, including but not limited to,

  • a copy of eviction notice which lists the unpaid months, the amount outstanding for each month, and the total amount that remains outstanding.

The copy of the eviction notice must be dated, signed, and notarized by the owner or representative of the apartment complex or landlord.

For Vacation Fund Direct Deposit Forms,                                 

Make sure to attach the proper documentation when returning your form either by email, US mail or fax.


Please Note: Handwritten Account/Routing Numbers will not be accepted. 

​*IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR EMPIRE ID CARDS*

AUTHORIZATION FOR VACATION DIRECT DEPOSIT FORMS​

Your Local

Services

Direct Deposit is a popular and convenient way for people to receive payment.

  • It eliminates the risk of losing a physical check along with the need to visit a bank in person to make a deposit.


​                          * Direct Deposit Payments Are More Secure *

​​New rule for Hardship Withdrawals to Prevent Eviction beginning January 1, 2022