Many drivers are filing unemployment claims as employees of Yellow Cab. Please be aware that drivers are not an employee and the claim will be denied by the agency. Maryland, Virginia and DC unemployment offices have not yet set up the process to allow claims from independent contractors such as taxi drivers. It's also not clear how each state will set up unemployment requirements for independent contractors - including "work history" and "hours per week". See this Washington Post article on unemployment benefits for independent contractors and we will keep you updated as we receive information.
Maryland residents, please read the update on Unemployment Insurance Benefit under the New CARES Act of the Federal Government is a follows: "Please do NOT submit an application if you are self-employed, an independent contractor, gig worker, have insufficient work history, and/or believe you may be eligible. Our system is currently not set up to process these types of applicants, as they are formerly considered ineligible. If you submit an application, it will be denied. To receive an e-mail once the new application is ready, please sign up here
Virginia residents, please read the update on Unemployment Insurance Benefit under the New CARES Act of the Federal Government. The latest information is that VEC will begin issuing $600 provided for by the CARES Act once we have received guidance from the United States Department of Labor and have modified our system to implement that guidance. Currently, the online claim filing system is operational but not sending confirmation numbers. Claims are being received and we are working on fixing the problem.
In response to the current coronavirus On Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser closed the senior facilities in DC. The senior facilities are a reliable source for meals for many seniors in the city. Because the centers are closed, the Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL) began delivering meals to the homes of seniors throughout DC, using the services of DC Yellow Cab and it’s drivers. The evening of the 17th, Yellow Cab Managers began working on a plan to service each person registered on the City’s list.
Yellow Cab began routing trips together according to the recipient’s location. After planning the delivery routes, drivers were then notified of the emergency need and several drivers responded to the call for help delivering the life-sustaining food. DC Yellow Cab managers are working on-site daily with drivers at the food distribution location to pack and deliver the food to the client.
Mayor Bowser Issues Stay-At-Home Order - March 30, 2020
DFHV Director Do's Newsletter, Response to Coronavirus - March 2020
Coronavirus Protective Guidelines: Safety Tips From Mayor Bowser's Office
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