These are challenging, uncertain times for rideshare/gig drivers. Social distancing and stay-at- home measures have helped in reducing the spread of COVID-19, but has created real economic impact on many of our lives. This blog will outline the available financial resources for our rideshare community
Unemployment Services & Sick leave
Major delivery services have committed to giving their workers sick leave during this pandemic. Doordash has committed to offering financial assistance to workers diagnosed with COVID-19 or quarantined.
Uber and Lyft have also recently updated their sick leave policies, allowing employees to qualify for benefits if affected by the virus. Take a look at Uber’s updated policy here.
CARES Act details
The CARES act has introduced enhanced unemployment insurance for qualifying applicants. According to Marketwatch.com, “The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act expands unemployment benefits to include part-time and self-employed workers, including contractors and gig workers. It also supplements state benefits with an additional $600 a week, which more than doubles the weekly maximum unemployment benefits in most states.” Check to see the qualifying criteria here.