Everyone is cancelling their contracts (or I have to cancel mine), how should I respond?
What clauses should I have in my contracts to protect me going forward?
Here is a list of clauses you might consider including in your contracts in the future:
Is it true independent contractors can apply for unemployment?
Yes. As long as a person’s unemployment is connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, temporary benefits can be made available to self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and “gig” economy employees. State of Oregon Employment Department. This is new for many independent contractors. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 was signed into law on March 27. The CARES Act allows payment of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).
They also will be eligible to receive the additional $600 weekly Pandemic Unemployment Compensation. “The Employment Department is currently reviewing all the new April 10, 2020 federal legislation and will provide more information once [it] receives the required U.S. Department of Labor guidance so that [it] can carry out these changes as quickly as possible.” Individuals should apply for these temporary new federal benefits through the Oregon Employment Department’s Online Claim System.
Other potentially helpful resources for solopreneurs
 FPUC is a program that provides unemployment assistance to an employee in addition to other unemployment benefits he or she is eligible to receive. FPUC will be automatically paid if the employee receives normal unemployment insurance benefits and will be paid as a separate payment at the same time as the employee’s other unemployment benefits. FPUC is payable for weeks claimed beginning Sunday, March 29, 2020 through the week ending July 25, 2020. The Oregon Employment Department has started issuing these payments to eligible individuals as of April 10, 2020.
Oregonians who are already eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance benefits and eligible for FPUC will receive two weekly payments; one for regular UI benefits, and an additional $600 payment. Individuals will be receiving FPUC benefits using the same payment method as their regular UI benefits for the week. FPUC payments will be paid for each week someone is eligible from March 29, 2020 through the week ending July 25, 2020. The $600 payments will be retroactive for those eligible for payments.
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