Friday, April 17th, 2020

Make sure to keep on eye on our state-by-state chart that lets you know the date each state will start taking applications for UI and PUA benefits for:
  • Gig Workers
  • Rideshare Drivers (Uber/Lyft)
  • Self-employed
  • Freelancers
  • Independent Contractors
  • Non-Profit
  • and others who normally don’t qualify for benefits

Friday news roundup [4/17/20]:

  • [Colorado]:  Colorado ‘gig’ workers eligible for $600 a week “Starting next week, gig workers in Colorado — such as those who work for ride-hailing, shopping and delivery services — are eligible to collect $600 a week through the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Gov. Jared Polis announced Friday.   On Monday, Colorado’s labor department starts taking applications for benefits provided by the CARES Act, a federal relief program that pays an additional $600 a week in unemployment benefits. Payments would be retroactive to March 29 and are expected to start hitting claimants’ accounts as soon as next week. The benefits would also be extended to self-employed individuals and independent contractors…”  [READ FULL ARTICLE]
  • [Virginia]:  VEC says benefits for self-employed workers, contractors “The federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, created by the CARES Act, was signed into law on March 30. It expands benefits to workers typically excluded from traditional unemployment insurance, like self-employed and gig workers.  The PUA makes these workers eligible for $600 in weekly benefits, but the program is still not active in Virginia, frustrating workers who would qualify…” [READ FULL ARTICLE]
  • [Washington]:  Washington state, here’s how to get unemployment “The state’s unemployment website will also be updated on Sunday to handle claims from people who now qualify for unemployment through the CARES Act, including sole proprietors and people in the gig economy. The site will be down on Saturday, LeVine said, and phone lines will be down as well for the update…” [READ FULL ARTICLE]
  • [Florida]:   Florida’s gig workers can apply for unemployment — in a week “On Thursday, after workers and lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to figure out how the overwhelmed state-run unemployment system will handle their claims, the state announced it is planning to launch a separate claims site for gig workers — but it won’t be ready for another seven to 10 days…” [READ FULL ARTICLE]
  • [Pennsylvania]:  state unemployment nears 1.5 million “Pennsylvania officials are hoping to get the state’s system ready for gig workers and others who previously were not eligible for unemployment checks to be able to apply as early as this weekend…” [READ FULL ARTICLE]
  More to come over the weekend, stay tuned~ Team

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