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Disaster Unemployment for Independent Contractors

One of the member questions we have received is whether REALTORS® are eligible for either (1) state unemployment benefits; or (2) federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (“DUA”).

One of the member questions we have received is whether REALTORS® are eligible for either (1) state unemployment benefits; or (2) federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (“DUA”). 

Under state law, unemployment benefits are available only for employees whose employers pay into the state’s unemployment insurance system.  Because most real estate brokers are independent contractors and not employees, they would not be eligible for state unemployment benefits.

At the federal level, there are programs called Disaster Unemployment Assistance (“DUA”) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (“PUA”) that may be available to real estate brokers, depending on actions over the next few weeks by the executive branch in declaring a major disaster and Congress in passing COVID-19 relief legislation. DUA/PUA may be available to independent contractors in areas with a federally-declared disaster, including Washington State.

The National Association of REALTORS® is working on this issue with the goal of ensuring that REALTORS® are eligible for DUA in those states with federally-declared disasters, and we are in daily contact with NAR and will send information to our members in Washington State when more is known about this issue. 

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