Many Oregon gig workers got regular unemployment benefits. Here’s why it matters

The Oregon Employment Department paid gig workers affected by the pandemic regular state benefits instead of the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Usually gig workers do not qualify for state unemployment benefits as they are not classified as "employees". Some commentators view this as opening up avenues for the Employment Department to bill companies for unemployment payroll taxes and penalize them for worker misclassification

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Published on: 2021-01-27
From Oregon Public Broadcasting