Unemployment Insurance for Self-Employed and Gig Workers (Barbers, Stylists, Cosmetologists, Tattoo Artists, Lyft and Uber Drivers, Freelancers)

65BECAD2-10A8-461B-BAEC-FE147D50F63BSelf-Employed Workers! You are eligible to apply for Unemployment. This includes: Cosmetologists, Barbers, Tattoo Artists, Lyft Drivers, and other Freelancers.

File your claim for MD here: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/uibenefits.shtml

FAQs: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/uicaresfaqs.pdf

Other States seek info to file here: Unemployment Insurance Relief During COVID-19 Outbreak | U.S. Department of Labor


Here Are Some Key Takeaways:
* Unemployment for self-employed workers is a new benefit in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

* You can apply for unemployment benefits through your state’s unemployment agency website.

* Applications May Vary By State.

* Once you get into the application there are some questions where you can state that you are self-employed, reasons you are unemployed etc. For example select the option of a “public health disaster.”

* Apply for conventional unemployment and fill the online for out completely. You may be provided a number to call and speak to a state rep about “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance” (the new unemployment for self-employed workers). You’ll need your tax info from 2018 and 2019. You can apply online or call and do it over the phone. It takes time but it‘s worth it!

* The CARES Act allows state unemployment agencies to work with the federal government benefits to help streamline the application process. Visit your state unemployment agency website and sign up for benefits as you normally would, federal benefits will automatically be added to your claim.

* Some states are not prepared for self-employed applications so be patient and keep trying!

* Talk to a CPA or financial advisor if you have any specific questions about your finances.
For personalized assistance or questions:
Contact Ebony Johnson, ebony@simplyebony.com

Hiring Our Heroes Hiring Expo

What’s your career goal? Make your next move!

Join Hiring Our Heroes and event co-host Paralyzed Veterans of America at the Washington Hiring Expo with the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, January 9. Register here: http://events.hiringourheroes.org/m-events/Info/Summary?e=95067e51-c4bd-43f8-8082-9043c4b6761

Washington Hiring Expo

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Capital One Arena

601 F Street NW, Washington,

District of Columbia 20004, USA

Spend the day connecting directly with recruiters and hiring managers from 100+ local and national companies of all sizes.

Prior to the hiring expo, join us for a free Career Connections employment workshop from (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) focused on:

• Mock interviews, skills translation and resume review

• Resources for connecting with veteran-ready employers

• Best practices for digital networking and job search techniques

All registered veteran and military spouse job seekers who attend the hiring expo are eligible to receive

• Raffle tickets at the employment workshop for a chance to win signed Washington Wizard memorabilia

• One-on-one resume review and career coaching from our experts at Leidos

• Up to two free tickets to attend the evening’s game between the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers

DC Department IG Employment Services – Community Conversations

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Community Conversations for Wards 4, 5, and 6 hosted by the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES). Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes, the Interim Director of the DOES, provided the community residents an overview of the programs offered by DOES. Programs highlighted included: American Job Centers; Back to Work 50+; DC Infrastructure Academy; Learn, Earn, Advance, Prosper (LEAP); Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP); In-School-Program; Out-of-School-Program; and The Pathways for Young Adults Program (PYAP). One immediate observation is the major need to provide services for transitioning adults 30+ seeking career opportunities after unemployment for prolonged periods.

To learn more about the many great employment and training resources offered by the DOES visit here: https://does.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/does/page_content/attachments/DOES_Program_Guide_Web.pdf