Unemployment Insurance


Legal Aid has been representing DC workers in unemployment compensation matters for over 15 years. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of recent unemployment compensation reforms through litigation and legislative advocacy.

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Legal Aid endeavors to provide legal education about changes in the unemployment compensation program due to COVID-19.


Unemployment Webinar – Part I

April 14, 2020 ● Download PDF Version


Unemployment Webinar – Part II

June 11, 2020 ● Download PDF Version


Unemployment Webinar – Part III

November 19, 2020 ● Download PDF Version

Other Resources:

Frequently asked Questions — Unemployment Benefits FAQs


Information if you have lost income from a DC job because of COVID-19 — Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Standard Unemployment Compensation Information


DC Department of Employment Services — https://does.dc.gov/page/unemployment-compensation


File an initial claim for DC unemployment compensation and/or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance here: https://does.dcnetworks.org/claimantservices/Logon.aspx


Councilmember Elissa Silverman’s website on workers’ rights and COVID-19 – http://www.elissasilverman.com/coronavirus


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