The unemployment insurance (UI) program provides financial support for individuals who have experienced a loss of wages due to temporary unemployment. The UI program is supervised by the Connecticut Department of Labor.
In the state of Connecticut, you can qualify for UI benefits if you are completely or partially unemployed as long as it is due to no fault of your own. In the case that you are working on a part-time basis, you must be earning less than your weekly benefit amount, and the status of partial employment must not have been your choice. Along with these conditions, you must be available to work every day that you wish to receive UI benefits, and you must be willing to take on a new position if you are offered full-time hours. As part of your application, you will need to provide proof of separation from employment (or proof that your hours have been reduced if you are a part-time worker). This supporting documentation can be in the form of a letter or notice from your last employer. In addition, you must register with the Connecticut Works Center, which will serve as proof that you are actively seeking work while receiving UI benefits.
Monetary Eligibility Requirement
Your monetary eligibility will be determined based on the total wages that you have earned in a specific 12-month period, which is known as your “base period.” In general, the base period is made up of the first four quarters out of the last five completed quarters of the calendar year. In specific, you must have earned enough wages in this period to qualify for UI benefits. For instance, your total earnings from your base period must be at least 40 times your weekly benefit amount. Thus, you must first determine your weekly benefit amount to ensure that you have earned enough wages in your base period. You can calculate your weekly benefit amount by adding the two quarters in which you earned the most wages. Then, you will need to determine the average of these two quarters by dividing the sum by two. Next, you will divide the result by 26 in order to obtain your weekly benefit amount. However, the state of Connecticut has set limits as to how much or how little you can receive in terms of UI benefits. According to state law, you can receive a maximum of $590 per week and a minimum of $15 per week in UI benefits. Additionally, you can take advantage of the UI program for a maximum of 26 weeks in one benefit year, which is 52-week period.
How to File a Claim
The easiest way to submit a UI claim is online; however, you can also use an automated telephone system known as TeleBenefits to submit your UI claim. In order to complete the application process, you will need the following personal details:
- Social Security Number
- Date of birth, address, and telephone number
- Driver’s license or identification card
- Employment history from the last 18 months, which includes the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all your previous employers
- Earnings, dates of employment, and reasons for separation from the positions mentioned
- Banking information if you wish to receive payments through direct deposit
- Alien registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen