So, you need to apply for unemployment in DC as a freelancer or independent contractor…

For the first time ever, freelancers and other and independent contractors in DC could apply for and receive unemployment benefits from Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). (Fun fact: PUA is a separate program from traditional unemployment in the District, and freelancers generally don’t qualify for traditional unemployment). That’s a big deal, especially because many freelancers were

DC Freelancers & Unemployment: Help… but not nearly enough

Recently, DC-based freelancers provided testimony to DC City Council’s Committee on Labor and Workforce Development about how freelancers experienced the economic pains of COVID-19 uniquely, and how the unemployment system used by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) is not set up for how we as self-employed professionals work. In this extended series, you’ll hear

DC Freelancers & Unemployment: Relieved, Confused, and Stuck

On September 16, 2020, three DC-based freelancers testified in front of the DC City Council’s Committee on Labor and Workforce Development about how freelancers experienced the economic pains of COVID-19 uniquely, and how the unemployment system used by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) is not set up for how we as self-employed professionals work.