Big takeaways regarding the “Coronavirus Relief Bill” from today’s news regarding Gig, Freelance, Uber, Lyft workers/drivers
(updated 3/28/20 11:30am MST):

  • “The stimulus package loosens unemployment insurance eligibility requirements to include those who are self-employed, gig workers, independent contractors and freelancers. This is a major change for gig workers, such as Uber and Lyft drivers, who are typically classified as independent contractors. Part-time workers, furloughed employees and anyone who can no longer physically go to their jobs (like waitstaff at restaurants ordered to close) will be covered under this expansion. Unemployment insurance will also be extended to people who recently started a new job but were laid off due to the pandemic, even if they don’t have sufficient work history previously required to be eligible. People who in the past didn’t qualify for unemployment insurance will receive 50% of their state’s average benefits payout, plus $600 per week, said Arindrajit Dube, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.” [read full article on CNBC]
  • “The US government has agreed to include financial assistance to gig workers in its historic $2 trillion economic relief package. The provision will benefit independent contractors who work for companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart. Many of these gig workers have seen their earnings dwindle as the novel coronavirus has swept across the country and shelter-in-place orders have gone into effect. As part of the stimulus bill, which passed Friday and now heads to President Donald Trump for his signature, gig workers can apply for unemployment benefits. They’ll also be eligible for a weekly stipend in federal support for up to four months.” [read full article on CNET]
  • “It is set to put hundreds of dollars each week in the pockets of eligible Americans who no longer can transport passengers, deliver meals or rent out their homes as a primary source of income because they have been ordered to stay indoors. Had Congress not acted, some workers for on-demand companies would have been unable to obtain such aid: That’s because these laborers — in the eyes of the law and the Silicon Valley tech giants that they serve — are not treated the same as traditional full-time employees and afforded similar help when they’re facing financial duress.” [read full article on WashingtonPost]
  • “Under the Coronavirus Relief Bill, contractors and self-employed workers are included for unemployment benefits if they can show they have been affected by COVID-19.  The requirements are defined broadly and should allow nearly every gig worker to claim benefits, said Bryan Lazarski, a labor and employment lawyer.  The program offers up to 39 weeks of benefits based on the most recent tax return, with per-week payout levels depending on the state of the worker. Workers receive an additional $600 per week for up to four months.” [read full article on AutoBlog]
  • “The plan is expected to benefit all U.S. residents or citizens, regardless of their employment status. How much they will receive depends on their tax filing. The total amount of their stimulus checks will be based on the adjusted gross income shown on their 2019 federal tax returns or the previous year if they have not filed their taxes this year.” [read full article on BitCoin]

Monday we will be posting as many details as we can to help drivers and gig workers navigate all the red tape.  Stay safe friends and have a relaxing weekend. Peace y’all. ~UberLyftDrivers.com