Cares Act III: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Extended Yet Again For ‎Independent Contractors

Tonight the President is expected to announce on the major networks and cable news services that he has signed or will sign into law today the next stimulus bill called the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which Congress passed ‎on Wednesday, March 10. The bill (H.R. 1319) includes the “Crisis Support for Unemployed Workers Act of ‎‎2020,” which provides for yet another extension of the CARES Act unemployment provisions – this time ‎from March 14, 2021 until September 6, 2021. The law, which we refer to as CARES Act III, includes a ‎type of benefits called pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA) for self-employed individuals including ‎independent contractors and gig workers. ‎

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