To prop up the economy during the pandemic, Congress passed the most sweeping expansion of insurance since the program began. Now, say the Trump administration is trying to undercut the new benefits.
Independent contractors and gig workers such as drivers are supposed to be eligible for benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, but the U.S. Department of Labor has that could make it tricky for a rideshare driver to qualify.
“The guidance suggested gig workers wouldn’t be covered in some instances even if they can’t find work during a pandemic,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) told HuffPost. “So we’re saying, ‘Hey, look, if that Uber driver isn’t getting any requests for rides right now because the streets