Federal Programs, Benefit Year End, Hurricane Ida Disaster Unemployment Assistance
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL UNEMPLOYMENT FILERS
EXTENDED BENEFITS END
As expected with the declining unemployment rate, Connecticut has triggered off the federal Extended Benefits program. Extended Benefits, a 13-week extension to regular state unemployment benefits, expire when the state’s three-month average unemployment rate falls below 6.5%. Approximately half of the state’s close to 45,000 weekly filers are currently using Extended Benefits and will be notified that the program ends on January 8, 2022.
FEDERAL PROGRAMS ENDCARES Act programs expired on September 4, 2021 in Connecticut.
- Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) ended.
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) has ended; filers who are eligible to transition to other programs were notified by email with instructions.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) ended.
- Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) ended.
Some filers, such as those who have open claims in the adjudications or appeals process, may still be eligible for payments for benefit weeks prior to 9/4/21.
FILERS AT BENEFIT YEAR END
- Each unemployment claim is effective for 52 weeks. When you are at the end of your benefit year, you will be notified to re-submit your claim using the blue button.
- Once your claim is processed, you may file your weekly certification.
HURRICANE IDA DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE BENEFITS (DUA)
- Claimants must first file for state unemployment benefits (blue button)
- If ineligible for state unemployment benefits, filers may then file for DUA by calling the Consumer Contact Center. Claimants must file for DUA through the Contact Center.
- Deadline for filing DUA is January 10, 2022.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is a federal program that supports workers whose employment was lost or interrupted by a major disaster declared by the president, and who are not eligible for regular state unemployment insurance benefits. DUA covers workers, some self-employed, and the surviving spouses of heads of household who died or became unemployed due to the storm. Hurricane Ida Disaster Unemployment Assistance requires claimants to file two applications—first for regular state unemployment benefits, and then, if found ineligible for regular state unemployment, a Disaster Unemployment Assistance application is available through the Consumer Contact Center.
To file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance, residents must:
- Live, work, or travel to work through impacted areas—Fairfield County, New London County, New Haven County, the Mohegan Tribal Nation, or the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.
- Have unemployment or reduced hours due to:
o storm damage to their place of business;
o road or other closures; or
o lack of work because the business depends on a non-operational entity within the affected area.
- Have proof of employment, documentation of wages, and earnings for the 2020 tax year.
- Have documentation of wages or lost earnings directly related to the storm or have lost a spouse who files taxes as the head of household and who died due to the storm.
- File for and be ineligible for regular state unemployment benefits.
Claimants must first file for regular state unemployment benefits using the blue button on www.FileCTUI.com. Once a claimant is found ineligible for state benefits, they must then file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance by calling the Consumer Contact Center or their American Job Center.
DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE BENEFITS RIGHTS AND RESPONSBILITIES
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Check Your Benefits
Always navigate to your account page from www.FileCTUI.com. For security purposes, CTDOL will never send a link which goes directly to your account login page. Navigate to your account using the official CTDOL website to avoid phishing schemes. Never give out your username or password. If you think your account has been compromised or you see unauthorized changes, report this to the Consumer Contact Center.
For job seekers:
If you have any questions, please call the Consumer Contact Center. Calling in the morning at the end of the week can help avoid a wait for a claims agent, or schedule a callback using our appointment feature.
If You Need Additional Help:
The United Way's 2-1-1 program is a free referral service with information about community services, basic needs assistance, crisis intervention, and more. The program operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers multilingual operators and TTY access. You can reach this service by calling 2-1-1, toll-free, from anywhere in Connecticut.