SBJ Staff Report

April 5, 2020 – Under the Federal governments new “CARES” (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) ACT, those laid off, or who had their hours reduced, were able to apply online as of last week.

But not everyone.

According to the Georgia Dept. of Labor, self-employed workers, gig workers and 1099 independent contractors can not apply at this time, though the CARES ACT does cover them. 

They state that they will provide instructions for applying for this federal program by April 10, pending USDOL approval.

“The GDOL signed all of the necessary agreements Saturday, March 28, 2020, to access funding for this program. The USDOL directed states to wait for specific guidance on implementation procedures for this federal program before distributing funds on behalf of the federal government. Commissioner Butler was insistent on the call that they complete this process as soon as possible that Georgians cannot wait a week or two for guidance on this bill and need to put food on the table today,”  according to department officials.

Georgia’s Labor Commissioner has asked Governor Kemp to call the White House to see if they can push the USDOL into action, they also report.

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