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Gig Workers to Get Jobless Benefits Under Relief Bill

March 26, 2020, 10:56 AM

A $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package set to move in Congress would give gig-economy workers temporary jobless benefits and expand similar assistance for others impacted by the pandemic.

New Program: The legislation would create a temporary “pandemic unemployment assistance” program for independent contractors and others not usually eligible for unemployment insurance, according to a summary released by the Senate Finance Committee.

Added Benefits: It would also add $600 to weekly unemployment insurance benefits for employees and extend those benefits from three to four months, Jaclyn Diaz and Erin Mulvaney report.

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