Unemployment for Self-Employed


The SAFE Act being passed by Congress under Section 2102 applies to individuals who have exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits, are not eligible for emergency unemployment compensation under Sec. 2107, and those not traditionally eligible for UC, (such as the self-employed, independent contractors, and individuals who were scheduled to begin work but are now unable), including individuals in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and other territories.

These individuals would be provided broad categories of eligibility such that nearly any individual whose employment is adversely impacted by COVID-19 (including individuals who quit their job), other than those able to telework or receiving paid leave, would be eligible for up to 39 weeks of benefits, fully funded by the federal government.​

These benefits will cover weeks of unemployment from January 27, 2020, to December 31, 2020, that are directly attributable to COVID-19.

The weekly benefit amount is equal to the amount that would normally be provided under state law (with a minimum equal to 50 percent of the average weekly payment of regular compensation in the state) plus, through July 31, 2020, $600 (as provided by Sec. 2104) and any additional increase that may be provided after enactment of this law.

For the self-employed, residents of territories besides Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia, and others who would not normally be eligible, the weekly benefit amount is the weekly minimum (50 percent of the average regular compensation in the state) plus $600.

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HT: https://www.americanactionforum.org