What does the legislation do?
The bill — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — expands unemployment insurance, a program enacted in 1935 to provide temporary income support for workers who lose their jobs.
The legislation does three primary things: offers bigger unemployment checks, increases the duration of those payments and extends jobless benefits to previously ineligible groups of workers, like gig workers and freelancers.
How much will benefits increase?
The legislation offers an additional 13 weeks — roughly three months — of unemployment insurance, funded by the federal government. The bill also gives an additional $600 a week for up to four months.
This would be in addition to current jobless benefits offered by the states, which administer their own unemployment insurance programs.
Expanded benefits would last through December 2020.
So, how much unemployment will I get?
This depends on several factors, including your prior wages and the state in…