Updates coming in quickly, but here are five more states where Gig, Rideshare, Self-employed, Independent Contractors, Freelancers, etc. that are now accepting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) applications:
  • [FLORIDA]:   “Self-employed workers may soon find some light at the end of the unemployment tunnel.  In an interview, Florida State Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez said that he was informed by Jonathan Satter, the newly appointed Secretary of the Florida Department of Management and overseer of the state’s unemployment system, that self-employed and contract workers would be able to apply for unemployment more easily — perhaps as soon as this week…” [FULL ARTICLE]
  • [VIRGINIA]:   “According to the VEC, these payments will be issued in approximately two weeks, following the acceptance of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance application.  Some states have already implemented this program, but Virginia just started making the application available this week…” [FULL ARTICLE]
  • [OKLAHOMA]:   ” “We want people to register and complete the pre-application process even though Oklahoma is not yet authorized to begin paying these benefits,” said OESC Executive Director Robin Roberson.  “This is an important first-step in being able to receive this relief as quickly as possible when thestate is ready to begin processing these claims.”   PUA applicants are asked…” [FULL ARTICLE]
  • [MASSACHUSETTS]:   “Gig workers, contractors and the self-employed can now apply to recover some income lost to the coronavirus pandemic, the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance said Monday…” [FULL ARTICLE]
  • [COLORADO]:   “The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) started accepting applications Monday for unemployment benefits from those who have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act was passed by Congress and provides $600 a week in unemployment benefits to those who have lost income due to COVID-19. These federal benefits are in addition to regular unemployment benefits from the state…” [FULL ARTICLE]
Watch for more states to follow soon… Steve @uberlyftdrivers STAY TUNED~

2 thoughts on “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Updates [Monday April 20th]

  1. Referring to the California April 28th date~ that is correct~ you will file through the new PUA portal launching that day~ simply answer the questions~ put your last day you drove~ and you will get $600/week through end of July + any state UI they deem you eligible for~ we are hoping to have what docs they will need soon~ Colorado launched yesterday… they had you attach a PDF of your 2019 taxes if you had them done or 2018 taxes if not~ that is what determines the state weekly UI pay which ranges from $88-$400 week in Colorado… most gig workers received $244 which was right in the middle~ so the will receive $244 + $600 a week through end July for UI/PUA — if needed after July would receive $244 for up to another 23 week.

  2. Shawn says:

    California says April 28 we can file for PUA UI benefits??? Is that still true??

    PLUS there is a case before the US Supreme Court, S. Patrick Mendel v Uber Technologies Inc, #19-8075, will they help solve the UBER PROBLEM or just punt it away???

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