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Unemployment Insurance Provisions for Creative Professionals in the CARES Act

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • March 28, 2020

Here is information from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) on the unemployment insurance provisions in the CARES Act:

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. A nearly $2 trillion economic stimulus package, the Act provides an estimated $260 billion in enhanced and expanded unemployment insurance (UI) to millions of workers throughout the country who are being furloughed, laid off, or finding themselves without work through no fault of their own because of the COVID-19 pandemic and our public health response to it.

The CARES Act creates three new UI programs: Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. All three programs are fully federally funded. This fact sheet will discuss all three, as well as “short-time compensation,” laying out what benefits are available to workers who find themselves without any or enough employment or work in these difficult times.

Go here for the rest of the post on the UI programs in the CARES Act.
Further information from the National Employment Law Project (NELP)


The chart below shows an overview of how Creative Professionals impacted by COVID-19 can access relief benefits included in the CARES Act. Relief benefits are accessed according to the procedures for each state.

The Department of Professional Employees, AFL-CIO created this chart.

The chart of Government Support for Creative Professionals Impacted by COVID-19

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