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Tips for Uber, Lyft drivers to get Washington unemployment

Drivers for Lyft and Uber continue to hit snags in filing for unemployment, but the drivers' union says some drivers are getting paid. This is how.

SEATTLE — Rideshare drivers for Lyft and Uber continue to report issues with receiving unemployment benefits. 

The questions usually go back to a debate over whether these workers should be considered employees or independent contractors. And now there are state and federal benefits to receive.

There's also an issue with ridesharing companies not paying unemployment insurance.

Drivers in New York just filed a lawsuit against the state because of delays in payment.

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The drivers' union in Seattle has some tips for filing for unemployment. It says drivers should have their 1099 tax form and estimate their net earnings for each quarter. They should also list Uber or Lyft as their employer and select taxi driver and chauffeur as their occupation. 

As of late April, the site says drivers have been getting through to unemployment and receiving benefits.

Other tips include not filing for standby and filing weekly claims.

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The union says drivers may also be eligible for state unemployment even if they continue to drive. There is a driver's guide listed on its website to help with unemployment if users fill out a form asking for their email and phone.