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For the self-employed, a confusing path to benefits as they lose income to COVID-19

Apr 21, 2020
Independent contractors, freelancers, sole proprietors and others look to federal and state programs for help.
Self-employed workers are eligible for new federal pandemic unemployment benefits, but some have not yet been able to apply.
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Unemployment benefits have expanded, but state systems aren't ready

Apr 7, 2020
Gig workers and self-employed now qualify, but accessing payments is still a challenge.
Unemployment benefits have been extended to self-employed people — like a barbershop owner in California — but the application is still confusing. Above, a closed barbershop in Boston.
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