by Maurie Backman | March 26, 2020
Lost your job during the COVID-19 crisis? This is what you need to know before you claim unemployment in Connecticut.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already impacted millions of Americans' paychecks. If you've lost your job or have seen your hours cut, you may be entitled to unemployment benefits. If you live in Connecticut, this is what you need to know.
To qualify for unemployment benefits in Connecticut, you need to meet these requirements:
You can apply for unemployment benefits online via the Connecticut Department of Labor.
You'll need to provide information that includes:
Your weekly unemployment benefit will be calculated by taking one twenty-sixth (1/26) of the average total wages paid to you during your two highest-paid quarters from your base period. If your highest quarter showed wages of $6,000, and your second-highest quarter showed wages of $5,000, you'd take the average -- $5,500 -- and then divide that by 26 to arrive at a weekly benefit of $212. That said, Connecticut has a maximum weekly benefit of $649.
You have two options for receiving your weekly benefits: direct deposit into your checking or savings account, or via a debit card that's issued to you.
The maximum number of weeks you can receive full unemployment benefits is 26 weeks. However, the CARES Act extends that period by 13 weeks, allowing you to collect unemployment benefits for up to 39 weeks.
If your unemployment benefits claim is denied, you can file an appeal online. You should file your appeal within 21 days of having your initial claim rejected.
The sooner you sign up for unemployment benefits, the sooner that money will start hitting your bank account. And that could prove essential when your bills start coming due. However, remember that your unemployment benefits won't replace your entire paycheck, so if you need assistance covering your expenses, don't hesitate to reach out for help.
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