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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance


This resource page is being created and updated for our members to refer to during this difficult time.  

Unemployment Support For Self-Employed and Gig Workers

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law.  Heavy and strong lobbying by Airbnb, Uber, other gig-worker platforms, Uber drivers, Airbnb hosts, and other platform users helped petition Congress to include relief for this industry; otherwise known as the sharing-economy. 

As a result, the CARES Act included three new unemployment insurance (UI) programs: Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) .

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

This is unemployment support for unemployed Nevadans who are self-employed workers, including independent contractors, freelancers, workers seeking part-time work, and workers who do not have a long-enough work history to qualify for state UI benefits.

The provisions of the program once operational include:

  • Up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 31, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic.

  • An additional $600 to each PUA weekly benefit amount will be added, as part of the separate CARES Act Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) program. Only the weeks of a claim between March 29 and July 31 are eligible for the extra $600 payments.

Documentation Needed

You'll need to provide proof of your income, using:

  • Tax returns

  • Bank receipts

  • Ledger

  • Invoices

  • Billing statements

  • Airbnb Earnings Summary for 2019

  • HomeAway Financial Report for 2019

The PUA system will ask you for each of your quarterly earnings for 2019.  That means totals for:

Jan 1 to Mar 31,

April 1 to Jun 30,
July 1 to Sept 30, and

Oct 1 to Dec 31.



Update! Application starts Saturday, May 16, 2020! CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Update! Because these are brand new programs, each state will need time to develop all of the necessary system programming, forms, processes, and procedures.

Update! On April 14, 2020, Nevada announced that the new system to accept PUA applications was projected to come on-line early or middle of May.  This page will be updated as information becomes available, including when and how to apply for these benefits.

Update! Once established, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims can be backdated to the earliest date of eligibility, up to January 27, 2020.

To read more details about the programs mentioned above, including PUA you can click HERE.

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