Industry & Advocacy News
December 22, 2020
Last night, Congress passed a second $900 billion COVID-19 relief package, extending badly needed benefits to millions of Americans facing unemployment and loss of income due to pandemic-related business closures. The package passed as a part of the $1.4 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. In addition to providing a second direct stimulus payment, the package extends the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for self-employed and gig workers through April 15, 2021, and notably includes some relief for mixed earners—those who have earnings from both traditional W-2 and self-employed 1099 sources—which the Guild and other organizations have been lobbying for during the last few months.
Here is a breakdown of the key provisions of the new package. We will be updating the COVID-19 Resources page on our website with more information about these programs in the coming days as new information becomes available.
If you have any questions about benefits under the new relief package or the CARES Act, please reach out to us and be sure to check our COVID-19 Resources page in the coming days for new updates.