Can freelance writers file for unemployment?

15 October, 2021 Jeremy Byron 6

Answers (6):

    18 October, 2021

    Yes, writers may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they file a claim with the state employment office. Though it does vary from state to state, writers may have success if their needs are deemed urgent. Writers should know that being unemployed is not a long-term career situation and there are legal protections in place for those who qualify. For example, an individual must have been employed over fifteen weeks of a twenty four month period and meet other requirements to be eligible for unemployment benefits including having earned enough wages during those periods of time to qualify; they must also meet certain income guidelines as well as not voluntarily quit their job without good cause.

    18 October, 2021

    As a freelancer, you are usually an independent contractor, not an employee. For that reason, you may not qualify for unemployment benefits. If the freelancer was laid off from their original company or from a company where they had been working as a subcontractor to fulfill other people's contracts, then it is worth looking into whether they do meet the requirements to be hired as part of those contracts as well as getting access to employer-provided benefits such as unemployment insurance and workers' compensation.

    18 October, 2021

    To be eligible for state unemployment benefits, you must be unemployed through no fault of your own (through no fault of one's own), work long enough and recently enough in the same occupation (Usually this means working full-time within the last two years.), make an average minimum wage income in each of at least two quarters but less than four consecutive calendar quarters in which you worked. Freelancers may qualify if they were employed by a company with 501+ employees, write regularly for major publications like The New Yorker or Time Magazine, and have a minimum annual income of $27,000 a year. If they meet these qualifications, freelancers can file for unemployment.

    18 October, 2021

    Fortunately, freelance writers (and other freelancers) can file for unemployment benefits if they meet all the qualifications. One of the best resources given to me during my time as an attorney was "The Freelance Blogger's Guide to Taxes" because it goes into detail about the subject matter and provides links at the end of each chapter (if you need more information). It should be duly noted that any income made after filing for unemployment should be included on your taxes; this is where sites like Upwork come in handy-an mutually agreed dollar amount is done automatically, so everything balances out.

    18 October, 2021

    First, ask for further clarification of the question by including a comment in your answer. Do you mean freelancers are eligible to collect unemployment insurance? Is there another program that manages freelance unemployment benefits? If freelancers are not eligible to collect unemployment insurance or any other type of financial assistance, I recommend contact OSHA so all safety procedures are followed. OSHA ensures compliance with OSY standards which limit workplace hazards and provides various outreach programs to help employers become more safe for their employees. OSHA's mission is "to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths through education, training and promoting effective prevention strategies.". For people who qualify for unemployment benefits, the qualification process begins with filing an application through the state's website.

    18 October, 2021

    Yes, freelance writers can file for unemployment. This will depend on how much work they were working during their last consistently-earned period of time and how many hours they are available to work. You would need to try an apply to find out; unemployment varies by state, so you may need to Google your specific state's requirements before filling out the paperwork. A lot of freelancers don't file for unemployment because they feel like it's something that only affects people who are completely unemployed or people who go up against someone in an office setting (i.e., Lawyers).