Bryan Lazarski’s comments to a Reuters reporter explaining changes to laws allowing U.S. gig workers to apply for unemployment benefits appeared in The New York Times:
What is changing with the federal coronavirus bill?
Under the Coronavirus Relief Bill, contractors and self-employed workers are included for unemployment benefits if they can show they have been affected by COVID-19.
The requirements are defined broadly and should allow nearly every gig worker to claim benefits, said Bryan Lazarski, a labor and employment lawyer.
The program offers up to 39 weeks of benefits based on the most recent tax return, with per-week payout levels depending on the state of the worker. Workers receive an additional $600 per week for up to four months.