The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to helping emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive! The guidance below outlines provisions contained in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 governing Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) programs, and includes model legislation for states as they draft or revise SEA authorizing legislation, and assistance for states as they establish SEA programs.


SEA Program Guidance Resources

For information on the Middle Class Tax Act of 2012, see Law Reference: (PL 112-96


Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 20-12 and Change 1

Background on the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, and the provisions made to the SEA program. 


Self-Employment Assistance Directive (Attachment 1) 

An outline on states' authority to conduct SEA programs, and guidance on implementing SEA programs.


State's Legislation link below will direct you to each state's legislation establishing their Self-Employment Assistance program. 

State's Legislation