We know many Connecticut businesses are struggling as they deal with the effects of COVID-19. We appreciate their perseverance and know they share our commitment to keeping our residents healthy. The state, working with its federal partners, has several programs and initiatives in place to assist businesses during this difficult period. For specific questions related to small business, email the Joint Information Center at COVID19.JIC@ct.gov, or call the DECD small business hotline at 860-500-2333. Individuals can call 2-1-1 for more information.

Shared Work


Businesses of all sizes face downturns of all kinds — and you might think you have to resort to layoffs. Connecticut’s Shared Work program offers an alternative — a way to keep your skilled workers on the job while reducing the financial pressure on your business. Instead of cutting employees, you cut hours, enabling employees to collect unemployment for the time they’ve lost. See why a majority of employers who’ve used this program would do so again.

Learn more about the Shared Work program.