Department of Labor

Connecticut Department of Labor

CARES Act II information

The federal CARES Act II legislation contains multiple points of assistance for unemployment filers.

Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)

The Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation program is a new federal program for residents who have both self-employment earnings as well as W2 earnings. Over the next few weeks, CTDOL will notify claimants who may be eligible to apply.

  • Eligible claimants will receive an additional $100 per week until the program expires March 13, 2021.
  • Eligibility requirements include at least $5000 in self-employment net earnings in the most recent completed taxable year. Ex. Filers for 2020 will submit 2019 tax documents.
  • Claimants must apply for the program. CTDOL expects to open the application process in late February/early March. Eligibility will be retroactive to December 27, 2020.
  • State unemployment, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, extended benefits, and other filers are eligible. The law excludes Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants from MEUC.
  • The program is 100% federally funded, employers are not liable for MEUC payments.
  • Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation, like most unemployment benefits, is taxable and could impact Medicaid and CHIP eligibility.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

FPUC provides an additional $300 per week benefit for all claimants regardless of which unemployment program they use.

  • The FPUC program commences December 27, 2020; claimants will begin receiving the supplement upon filing their claims beginning on Sunday, January 3, 2021. The program ends March 13, 2021.
  • Claimants do not need to apply for the program. Supplements are automatically attached to regular benefits.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

  • PUA is extended for 11 weeks for a total of 50 weeks.
  • Program eligibility ends March 13, 2021, last week of benefits is paid by week ending April 10, 2021 for those who have remaining weeks as of March 13, 2021.  

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

  • PEUC is extended for 11 weeks for a total of 24 weeks.
  • The last week paid is week ending April 10, 2021, for those who have remaining weeks as of March 13, 2021. 
  • Program eligibility ends March 13, 2021. Claimants who are currently receiving Extended Benefits (EB) will stay on that program until it is exhausted before potentially becoming eligible for the additional weeks of PEUC.

Other Provisions of the CARES Act II           

  • Trust Fund interest waiver extension until March 14, 2021. This reduces the financial liability for Connecticut companies that pay a special assessment to repay interest on Trust Fund borrowing. Currently, the state has borrowed $485M for the Trust Fund. The agency has requested $400M for the first quarter of 2021. This request may not reflect actual spending—weekly spending is currently above $20M and expected to experience a seasonal increase.
  • Extends the 50% reimbursement provision for local and state government and nonprofit organizations.
  • Extends the 100% federal funding for Shared Work. Shared Work helps employers avoid layoffs by allowing them to use unemployment benefits to cover a reduction in hours. During economic downturns, employers can reduce costs but avoid layoffs. Employees stay attached to jobs and benefits even with reduced hours.
  • There is no disruption in state unemployment benefits or extended benefits due to this legislation.

Press releases: 

January 14, 2021, CT Dept. Of Labor Launches New Consumer Contact Center Scheduling Feature, Provides Cares Act II And Other Updates

December 29, 2020, Governor Lamont: Cares Act II Will Provide Relief For Unemployed And Help Connecticut Businesses In Economic Recovery

December 4, 2020, Governor Lamont Announces Executive Order Expanding Federal Lost Wages Assistance for Low-Wage Unemployed Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic

December 4, 2020, Governor Lamont’s Executive Order Protection of Public Health and Safety During Covid-19 Pandemic – Increase In Weekly Benefit Amount Related To Lost Wages Assistance, Remote Licensure Exams

September 9, 2020, Connecticut Approved for Two Additional Weeks of Lost Wages Assistance

September 1, 2020, The Lost Wages Assistance Program

August 21, 2020, Gov. Lamont Announces CT FEMA Application