Can an Independent Contractor Collect Unemployment?
Other than pandemic unemployment, which ended in 2021, independent contractors are not eligible for unemployment.
However, you can challenge this status in the unemployment proceeding, if you believe that the classification was not proper. This means you should file if you lose your contractor job. You will initially be denied, because they will not have any record of employer contributions to unemployment for you or "base wages," but you can appeal this denial and challenge the4 classification at the hearing.
You also should consider whether you have a valid claim for misclassification. If you do, and are unable to collect unemployment, that could be a part of the damages you would seek in such a claim, along with other compensation and benefits that you would have gotten as an employee.
Learn more here about the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law.
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