Help Independent Contractors Get Their Full Unemployment Benefits

Help Independent Contractors Get Their Full Unemployment Benefits

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A​.​J. Hobbs started this petition to Senator Tom Udall and

Get the money to the people!

The CARES act was passed on March 27, 2020 to help get money to the many people who lost their jobs due to COVID-19.  That stimulus money was given to state governments to allow Self Employed, Independent Contractors, and Gig Economy employees to apply for Unemployment Benefits under Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

The current rules for the PUA state that if you are approved for Unemployment benefits you are not able to apply for PUA.  The problem is that many people such as myself work part time as an employee that files a W2 for a small portion of their income, as well work another job as an Independent Contractor, Self Employed, or Gig Economy Worker for a majority of their income.  Since we have some work as a W2 employee we are approved for unemployment benefits but only receive a portion of the potential that we could qualify for. 

Since we "qualify" for Unemployment we are not able to apply for PUA, where based on our 1099 income we could get the full amount of $461 per week.  So instead of receiving $461 per week we are only getting a fraction of that based solely on our W2 income.  The discrepancy becomes thousands of lost dollars as the maximum we could receive for those who qualify for full benefits is $17,979, while the benefits based on our W2 can be tremendously lower based on solely our W2 income.  For instance I can only receive a total of $3,730 with my current W2 unemployment benefits. That is a loss of $14,207 for myself, and even more for others. In a time when it is uncertain when and if we will be able to get back to work this is money we need to survive.  We deserve to get benefits for our full income just like everyone else who is receiving unemployment benefits.

The money from the CARES Act is to help people in need who lost their jobs such as Self Employed, Independent Contractors, and Gig Economy Workers.  Please sign this petition so that we can help people who are not receiving their full unemployment benefits in these trying times receive them, in order to survive financially.  Thank you kindly and may we all find the financial security, health, and peace we all deserve.

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