Financial relief is finally coming for gig workers, independent contractors, and self-employed workers. The Nevada Department of Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) announced on Thursday that those workers will be able to file claims for unemployment benefits starting on Saturday, May 16. The announcement comes after two gig workers in Reno filed a class action lawsuit against DETR for being unable to file a claim for benefits even though the CARES Act, which made benefits available for gig workers, was passed by the federal government weeks ago. DETR director Heather Korbulic said that workers will be able to file claims beginning on Saturday by going to employnv.gov or by calling 1-800-603-9681. The new call center that had been answering general unemployment questions will now be dealing strictly with helping gig workers file their claims. Gig workers will also be eligible for the additional $600 weekly from the CARES Act retroactive to April 4 and claims can be backdated to as far back as January 27. The call center will be taking calls from 8am-8pm this Saturday and 8am-8pm Monday through Friday. After this weekend Saturday call center hours will be 8am-12 noon. Gig workers should be prepared to provide W-2 or 1099 information, pay stubs, bank statements, and invoices to help process their claims. Ms. Korbulic says that gig workers should file their claims online first rather than call as the call center is expected to be swamped with calls at the outset.
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