The federal government has expanded unemployment benefits to cover self-employed and gig workers.
|Post Date: 3/29/2020|
- CARES Act
If you were unemployed as a result of a major disaster, you may be eligible to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance. The federally funded Disaster Unemployment Assistance program (DUA) is designed to provide assistance to workers who become unemployed as the result of a presidentially declared major disaster, and who are ineligible for other unemployment benefits
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA)
The federal and state governments have expanded sick leave and unemployment benefits, and have enacted legislation to help impacted independent workers, including self-employed individuals and independent contractors. The Coronavirus Aid, Response, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) includes the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.
Do I qualify?
Section 2102 of the CARES Act provides individuals who are not already eligible for state and federal unemployment programs—but would be able to work in the absence of the coronavirus outbreak—a set amount of unemployment compensation.
Unemployment benefits will extend to:
The Freelancers Union has launched the Freelancers Relief Fund. The fund will provide up to $1,000 to freelancers who are experiencing sudden hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for funding will open on April 2, 2020.
Some companies are setting up relief funds for independent contractors and gig workers who are impacted by the coronavirus:
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