Blog Header Image:

Independent Contractors, including REALTORS®, Eligible for Unemployment Assistance - March 30, 2020

The CARES Act legislation includes a provision that provides for a temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through December 31, 2020. This provides payment to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits, including independent contractors and the self-employed, who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. If you think you may be eligible for this assistance, we recommend that you apply. To apply for unemployment assistance, please visit To register, you will need your Social Security number and a valid e-mail address. Until we are notified otherwise, we suggest that you use your broker’s name, address and telephone number for the employer part of the application.

Tips for applying: 

  1. Apply online at, not over the phone
  2. Apply later in the evening/at night when the system is less strained
  3. As this provision is new, the state’s system may send you an initial monetary denial. Submit a weekly claim each Sunday so that you can receive benefits once the system is updated.
  4. Since you may have to apply a few times, save a separate document with your answers to make it easier to copy and paste them into future applications.
  5. The Louisiana Workforce Commission strongly encourages you to select direct deposit as your payment method.  A debit card could take as long as 10 days to be processed, mailed, and received.

Click Here to Fill Out an Application

Click here for Unemployment Assistance FAQs

New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS®

Metairie Office
3645 N I-10 Service Rd W
Metairie, LA 70002
Ph: (504) 885-3200
Mon - Fri, 8:30AM - 5:00PM

Mandeville Office
4350 Hwy 22, Suite J
Mandeville, LA 70471
Ph: (985) 882-8521
Mon - Fri, 9:30AM - 3:00PM

Terms of Use
Copyright © 2020 New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
All Rights Reserved. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
This website is under construction for ADA compliance.