You still have rights as a freelancer in the time of COVID-19
Posted on May 1, 2020
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Do you need answers? There’s a lot of misinformation out there on the internet, so it’s important to be discerning. We have taken and answered some frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 relief aid programs including Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
Despite some intervening on behalf of the federal government, many still need immediate help to cover expenses like rent, utilities, and groceries. The Relief Fund provides direct financial assistance to freelancers who need it most. If you can, please donate to help your fellow freelancers and share the Fund with your network
By now, we’ve all heard of The CARES Act and its emergency relief assistance for the American workforce. This bill will provide larger unemployment insurance to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but what does that mean for freelancers and independent workers?
The NYSYLC is the first undocumented, youth-led organization in New York. They are working to raise funds to support undocumented youth and their families in New York City during the time of COVID-19. If you can, consider donating to their fund and sharing the initiative across social media platforms.
New York State has waived the 7-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures. Visit the NY.gov site to get more information on the eligibility requirements, claiming process, and financial aid available to you.
NYC 311 remains an excellent source of information regarding the virus’s status in the New York City area, guidelines to best stay protected, and updates to vital city systems. Please be wary of misinformation and unreliable sources on the web.