COVID-19 ACCOMPLISHMENT UPDATE, as of 3.17.2020
The WASHINGTON POST excerpt below is a great summary of what iPSE-U.S. was able to accomplish on behalf of gig/independent workers during the COVID-19 pandemic thus far. As you know, iPSE-U.S., it’s Founders, Service Providers and allies have been laser focused on the plight of non-W2-workers. The COVID-19 success was predicated by the work of iPSE-U.S. during the last government shutdown where we advocated that contract workers receive back pay and the same treatment and benefits as other federal workers. We canvassed the House and Senate during that time and have remained engaged since. Due in part to that work, when this second COVID-19 package was being put together, we were top of mind with both key Democrat and Republican leaders in the House, along with the Trump Administration. Knowing this Bill would move quickly and outside of the normal committee process, iPSE-U.S. engaged directly with leadership in the House (the Speaker’s office as well as Minority Leader’s office), committees of jurisdiction (mainly the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, but also those at the Education and Labor Committee), and key personnel at the White House (conservative coalitions, Department of Treasury and the Department of Labor). Again, this victory did not happen overnight, but through consistent, sustained efforts — both on our own and alongside voices such as Lyft, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Kelly Services, Direct Sellers Association, iWorker Innovations and countless others through the coalition iPSE-U.S. helped to found, known as CWI, Coalition for Workforce Innovation. https://workforceinnovation.net/ Throughout the United States and especially in D.C. — iPSE-U.S. has helped to ensure independent workers and the companies that utilize or deploy their talent are a focal point, especially when it comes to federal policy.
WASHINGTON POST Paid sick leave: Who gets it during the coronavirus outbreak By Heather Long, March 16 at 9:51 AM ET
...Gig workers get a new form of paid sick and family leave: Experts say one of the most innovative parts of the House bill is that it gives gig workers similar benefits to Americans working at small and midsize companies. People who are self-employed but work for another employer — e.g. Lyft and Uber drivers, caterers or planners for major events like South by Southwest — are eligible for a tax credit of up to two weeks of sick pay at their average pay and 12 weeks of family leave pay at two-thirds their normal rate.
These workers must show that they had to comply with a self-isolation recommendation or that they had to care for a family member or a child whose school closed due to the coronavirus. Their benefit is capped at $511 per day for paid sick leave and $200 for family leave (or the average daily income the person usually receives if it is less than those amounts).
The tax credit can be applied against a person’s income taxes and it is refundable, meaning taxpayers will get a government rebate if their sick or family leave pay was greater than their tax bill.
In Service, yours truly-
Mike Bishop iPSE-U.S., Co-President Former U.S. Congressman