LAWS & LEGAL INFO
Independent contractors and self-employed individuals are normally not eligible for unemployment compensation. However, under the CARES Act, such individuals can receive benefits under a special Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program if they qualify.
1. How much does the program pay and for how long?
PUA pays the same weekly benefits as your regular state unemployment insurance (UI) program, but the benefits are 100% federally funded. PUA benefits are available for up to 39 weeks.
This program expires on December 31, 2020. Through July 31, 2020, recipients of unemployment compensation will receive an additional $600 per week on top of the state-calculated benefit.
2. Am I eligible?
According to the Department of Labor: “An individual who works as an independent contractor with reportable income also may qualify for PUA benefits if he or she is unemployed, partially employed, or unable or unavailable to work because the COVID-19 public health emergency has severely limited his or her ability to continue performing his or her customary work activities, and has thereby forced the individual to suspend such activities” is eligible.
NOTE: Receipt of a PPP loan may impact your ability to collect unemployment insurance.
3. How do I apply?
You can apply through your state unemployment office.
At this moment, the International Entertainment Adult Union would like to announce the Termination of our Adult Performers Actors Guild, APAG. The IEAU has official filed and terminated APAG with the DOL, as well as filed law suit under the supreme court against Alana Evans, Ruby and Kelly Pierce, APAGS former President, VP & Secretary to recover all of APAGs assets. Assets totaling over $210,000.
The board of the IEAU can no longer tolerate Under any circumstances, the constant on line hatefulness and the bulling, that is not what we are about or who we are, that is not the professionalism we want to portray; therefore, the board has decided to pull back and regroup.
The Adult Performers Actors Guild is a Trademark entity of The International Entertainment Adult Union therefore, the name will stay with the IEAU, all APAG members at this time will be under the main IEAU membership. Once all that has been done officially, we have retrieved back all assets from APAG officers, we will then regroup and figure out together, how to move forward.
Phyllisha Anne, the founder states “I put this Union together for the soul purpose to help people, and create a save place for workers to be able to come to for guidance and help, there has been so much slanderous talk and bullying, that helps no one and it takes the focus away of what is important. Right now, we need to pull together as an industry and a Union is an entity that can help everyone in this time of need. I was hoping they would all see the good in what they were able to do, but that doesn’t seem to be possible, even though it saddens me, it’s time to say good bye.”
Elisabeth Thomas, International President states, “We thank all the current officers very much for all the work they have put into this union, however, we wished you would of lead us with a more professional stance than is currently being projected as the Union, and we look forward to establishing the APAG chapter at a later date, once we have had time to step back and regroup.
At this current time, APAG is no longer registered with the Department of Labor under the IEAU.
As of March 19th 2020 APAG is now officially terminated, until further notice.
Prep is not a prevention in which employers can ensure compliance... Letter from CDC.
Financial Attacks on Legal Adult Entertainer Workers Continue
First Congress passed and President Trump signed the FOSTA and SESTA acts which were so poorly written that websites like Craigslist had to shut down their entire personals section (which included listings like people looking for jogging partners).
All Adult Entertainers!
Join with your brothers and sisters and be a part of changing history!
Helping us = Helping you
stance on the FOSTA Bill
The International Entertainment Adult Union organizes workers in entertainment industries where one must be 18 or older to participate. Our union supports healthy, non-coerced sex between consenting adults and the audiences that appreciate them. Our members engage in legal activity and we are firmly against sex trafficking, child molestation and other forms of forced sex.
The Amicus Brief
The I.E.A.U. has submitted an Amicus Brief to the California Supreme Court in support of Exotic Dancers. Posted below are the Statment of Interest (why we were both compelled and entitled to submit this breif) and then the brief itself.
The International Entertainment Adult Union ("I.E.A.U.") represents and advocates for workers in entertainment-related industries where one must be 18 or older to participate. This includes exotic dancers. I.E.A.U.'s advocacy on behalf of exotic dancers includes preventing their misclassification as "independent contractors" because our experience shows that their work is largely controlled by club owners, and they are, in reality, employees. Misclassification of exotic dancers (and other adult entertainers) denies them basic employment protections including those provided by wage and hour and health and safety laws and regulations. This denial allows the employers to unfairly shift their business costs to their employees and society as a whole while giving them an unfair competitive advantage over those business that comply with the law.
The I.E.A.U. also works to fight stereotypes that adult performers are somehow morally inferior to others, which lead to a social stigma that impacts the personal lives of adult entertainers, including exotic dancers, and makes it more likely such workers are harassed and bullied and stalked long after their dancing days are over. THe I.E.A.U. believes such harmful stereotypes has facilitated approval of the insulting settlement in this case, which is based in part on the idea that the dancers in this class are "transient," which is closely associated with the notion that they are unreliable. I.E.A.U. strongly opposes settlement on these terms, and for the reasons set forth in this brief.
Approving a settlement that extinguishes the claims of a class of all female exotic dancers based on inadequate, reversionary consideration despite an abysmal claims rate and despite unique and disturbing settlement terms is inappropriate because it places the Court’s imprimatur on the scofflaw club owners’ dogged attempts to end run basic employment protections. All workers in California (and elsewhere) deserve the basic employment protections provided by federal and state law.
Adult entertainers?(at least entertainers – covers more of a wide range. No need to call names, the actions should be clear enough if not present some of the facts that will be obvious to reader how they get around the laws.
CHILD ONLINE PROTECTION ACT
(H.R. 3783) to amend section 223 of the Communications Act of 1934 to require persons who are engaged in the business of selling or transferring, by means of the World Wide Web, material that is harmful to minors to restrict access to such material by minors.
ADULT ENTERTAINMENT FILM CONTRACTS:
TO ENFORCE OR NOT TO ENFORCE?
Entertainment film contract, which is an agreement specifying the employment terms of the performer by the pornographer.2 Generally, an adult entertainment film contract would be unenforceable because sexual consideration goes against public policy.3 However, in the recent years, courts have begun to legalize the creation of adult entertainment.
Government Corruption and the War Against Adult Entertainers
Ed Buck is a wealthy, politically connected Californian who has been accused of having a dangerous sexual proclivity of hiring gay, Black men and then, perhaps without their knowledge, drugging them heavily. On July 27, 2017, Gemmel Moore, an escort, was found dead of a drug overdose and probable poisoning in Ed Buck’s home. Then, on January 7, 2019, another victim; Timothy Dean, an adult film performer and escort, was found dead under similar circumstances. Even though the available evidence seems to point to a pattern of abuse and possibly even murder, the investigations into these deaths have been criminally negligent.
This may be because of Ed Buck’s history of donating to powerful politicians including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jerry Brown, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as well as to human rights groups that should have been calling for thorough investigations – but failed to do so in the first instance and may be doing the same in the second. This strongly suggests government corruption abetting Ed Buck’s involvement in these deaths. This corruption made possible by the facts that adult entertainers are seen as disposable.
The International Entertainment Adult Union (IEAU) demands:
We demand an immediate and thorough investigation into the recent death of Timothy Dean. Those representing adult entertainers should be a part of this investigation.
The IEAU is a federally recognized labor union representing performers in industries where one must be over 18 to participate.
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