About Councilmember Silverman

Elissa believes that a transparent governing process helps ensure all residents' voices are heard. She is committed to improving the quality of life for residents in all eight wards.

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New Bill will provide 7 additional weeks of benefits for both UI and PUA claimants

D.C. Council unanimously passed emergency legislation introduced by Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I-At-Large) to extend unemployment compensation by seven additional weeks for all eligible claimants.

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Press Release: Labor Committee Asks for Automatic Extension of UI

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Extend your unemployment benefits

Extend your UI benefits by up to 26 weeks by applying online for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation or Extended Benefits.

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Lost Wages Assistance

The extra $300/week in unemployment support from the federal government is available now, but you must certify to receive it!

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Your voice as a District resident is important to our office. Your questions, concerns, and ideas are welcome, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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Councilmember Elissa Silverman

Elissa Silverman is an at-large member of the D.C. Council and chair of Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Elissa believes that a transparent governing process helps ensure all residents' voices are heard. She is committed to improving the quality of life for residents in all eight wards.

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    How to Extend Your UI Benefits

    If you applied for Unemployment Insurance (UI) at the beginning of the COVID-19 public health emergency (mid-March), you have likely exhausted or are about to exhaust your benefits. UI is designed to last for 26 weeks, but fortunately, there are additional 13-week extensions currently available. The extension is not automatic, however. UI claimants will need to apply and fill out an application to receive extended support.

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    Shared Work Unemployment Insurance Program

    If you are a DC worker affected by COVID-19, the District has programs that may be able to help, including the Shared Work Unemployment Insurance Program ("Shared Work"). Shared Work is a way for businesses in the District to keep employees on staff during the COVID-19 pandemic AND reduce payroll costs.

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    Paid Family Leave for DC Workers

    DC's Universal Paid Family Leave program is now live. This allows DC workers to take paid leave to care for a new child, a family member, or themselves.

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    Unemployment Insurance for DC Workers

    If you are an unemployed DC worker, including workers affected by COVID-19, the District has programs that may be able to help. Our strongest protection for District workers at risk of losing their paycheck is Unemployment Insurance (UI).

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    Press Release: DC Council Unanimously Passes Emergency Legislation to Extend Unemployment Compensation for DC Workers

    WASHINGTON, D.C., October 20, 2020 – Today, the D.C. Council unanimously passed emergency legislation introduced by Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I-At-Large) to extend unemployment compensation by seven additional weeks for all eligible claimants.

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    Newsletter: Let's Vote!

    Dear resident,

    Election Month is here, and we are 20 days from Election Day! Let’s vote!

    If you are registered to vote in DC, you should have received your ballot at the address listed with the Board of Elections. If you have not received your ballot, first check here to make sure you are properly registered and the Board has the correct address for you. If you have not gotten a ballot by the end of the week, you should call the Board at (202) 727-2525 to request another one. If you are not yet registered in DC, it is too late now to vote by mail. You can still vote in person with same-day registration. Early Vote Centers open on October 27 and 95 vote centers will be open on Election Day, November 3. More details on voting are below.

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    DC Council Labor Committee Asks for Automatic Extension of Unemployment Insurance

    WASHINGTON, D.C., October 9, 2020 – Today, the D.C. Council’s Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, chaired by Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I-At-Large), released a letter following up on the top concerns raised by claimants and Councilmembers at the Committee’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) oversight hearings.

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