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Uber drivers and other gig workers qualify for unemployment insurance in coronavirus stimulus bill

Updated: Jan 23

A provision in the coronavirus stimulus bill, under Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, makes contractors, freelancers, and other self-employed workers finally eligible for unemployment insurance.

It isn't really clear how much money a week gig workers would qualify for. But, the amount should be the equivalent to what they would have gotten from their state unemployment programs if they were full-time employee who qualified for regular unemployment insurance.


Federal law states unemployment payments should be the same weekly pay employees would earn from their jobs, capped by a maximum amount set by the state. However, with the coronavirus stimulus bill employees would receive four more months of additional unemployment insurance, and up to an additional $600 a week. This would be available for everyone who qualifies for unemployment, including gig workers.

The extended benefits in this bill protect workers who work for small, medium, or large businesses. It will also protect self-employed and workers in the gig economy.


The bill was signed into law March 27 by President Trump

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