The Senate’s $2 trillion coronavirus economic bailout bill includes help for gig economy workers, like Uber and Lyft drivers, who have seen their livelihoods dissolve during the crises.
For the first time, these workers will qualify for unemployment insurance.
They will also qualify for the additional four months of extra payments that this bill provides to everyone who collects unemployment.
It isn’t clear exactly how much money per month drivers, contract workers, and freelancers could get, but they should qualify for a weekly payment equivalent to if they were laid-off full-time employee.
The maximum weekly amount varies by state, but the extra unemployment insurance will add up to a maximum of $600 more per week.
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