With all sports canceled for the foreseeable future, we know that referees and umpires are missing out on important income. We want to make you aware of resources that could help you through these trying times.
The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes unemployment insurance for contractors which we know many sports officials are.
Specifically, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides emergency support for workers who are left out of their state’s standard unemployment coverage, workers who have already exhausted those benefits or workers who are unable to work due to certain circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Syracuse.com offers a great explanation of PUA including information on who qualifies, how to apply, and other CARES Act benefits that you may be eligible to receive.
To apply* you should begin by visiting your state’s labor department or equivalent website. You can find your state unemployment insurance office here.
Read more about delays of unemployment benefits here: Haven’t Gotten Your Unemployment Yet? You’re Not Alone.
Remember that you are an INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR and MUST file that way. DO NOT list Silbo or any entity that you work games for as your employer. Doing so could prevent you from getting benefits and will delay your application.