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April 20, 2020, 9:51 AMUpdated: April 22, 2020, 3:19 PM

Punching In: Covid-19 Benefits, Liability Questions (Corrected)

Ben Penn
Ben Penn
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Chris Opfer
Chris Opfer
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Jaclyn Diaz
Jaclyn Diaz
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Ben Penn: More states should be gradually launching unemployment insurance system upgrades this week to accommodate gig workers. It’s fair to say many are struggling to grasp the complexities of the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program for independent contractors and others who typically aren’t eligible for jobless benefits.

One major question to resolve: Can Uber and Lyft drivers and other self-employed folks get unemployment benefits if they stay home because of plummeting demand and fear of infection?

“There’s a number of criteria that ...

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