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BENEFITS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Purpose

The purpose of this information is to inform the you of your rights and responsibilities under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Please read through thoroughly prior to applying for PUA.

Program Duration

The PUA program is effective February 2, 2020 through December 26, 2020

Program Eligibility

Individuals must first be denied from being eligible to receive, or exhaust entitlement to, regular unemployment benefits or any state or federal extended benefits before they can be found eligible for PUA benefits.

PUA extends to individuals who:
  • are self-employed, including gig workers, freelancers, and independent contractors;
  • are seeking part-time employment;
  • have an insufficient work history to qualify for benefits;
  • have exhausted all rights to, or have been disqualified from, regular, extended benefits under state or federal law, or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC);
  • have been laid off from churches and religious institutions and are not eligible for benefits under state law;
  • are otherwise not qualified for regular or extended benefits or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).


  • In order to be a “covered individual” under PUA, an individual must otherwise be able to work and available to work, as provided under state law, except that the individual is unemployed, partially unemployed, unable to work or unavailable for work due to at least one of the following categories described below:

    • The individual has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a medical diagnosis.
    • A member of the individual’s household has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • The individual is providing care for a family member or a member of the individual’s household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • A child or other person in the household for which the individual has primary caregiving responsibility is unable to attend school or another facility that is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency and such school or facility care is required for the individual to work.
    • The individual is unable to reach the place of employment because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
    • The individual is unable to reach the place of employment because the individual has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
    • The individual was scheduled to commence employment and does not have a job or is unable to reach the job as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
    • The individual has become the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19.
    • The individual has to quit his or her job as a direct result of COVID-19.
    • The individual’s place of employment is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.


    Individuals must first be denied from being eligible to receive, or exhaust entitlement to, regular unemployment benefits or any state or federal extended benefits before they can be found eligible for PUA benefits.

    Weekly Benefit Amount

    For individuals who are monetarily eligible for regular unemployment benefits, and have exhausted entitlement or have been disqualified: Your PUA Weekly Benefit Rate (WBA) will be equal to your regular unemployment WBA, unless your regular unemployment benefits WBA is under $198, in which case your PUA WBA will be set to $198. In addition, PUA WBA will include the dependency allowance that you qualified for with your regular unemployment claim.

    For individuals who are monetarily ineligible for regular unemployment benefits: Initially, your Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) is set at the PUA minimum WBA ($198, before qualified dependency allowance). If you enter your 2019 wages during the application process and upload proof of your earnings within 21 (twenty-one) days of submitting your PUA application, CTDOL will determine if a recalculation of your benefit amount is warranted. If so, your WBA will be recalculated based upon one twenty-sixth (1/26) of the average of total wages earned (gross wages for employees, net earnings for self-employed) during the two highest quarters in the applicable base period, or 1/26 of your highest quarter if you are a construction worker. The maximum PUA WBA is $649.00. If you have qualifying dependents, you will receive an additional $15.00 for each dependent, up to five dependents for a total of $75.00 dependency allowance.

    Note: The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation $600 federally funded payment will be added to your weekly benefit amount for those weeks which you are eligible for between April 4, 2020 and July 25, 2020.


    Weekly Certifications

    When you file your PUA, you will certify for the back weeks for which you may be eligible. To continue to receive your PUA benefits after the application is submitted, you must file weekly certifications. Starting with the next calendar week after you submitted your PUA application (as early as Sunday), you will need to access the ReEmployCT system and submit a Weekly Certification.

    Please note that if any eligibility issues are detected from your questions, you may be asked to provide additional information to help determine your eligibility for the week you are certifying for.

    PUA payments are taxable. You may change your tax deductions option from your PUA Account.

    PUA payments are subject to Child Support Intercept and Unemployment Insurance (UI) overpayment offset.


    Appeal Rights

    If a PUA claim is denied, a you will be notified through correspondence within your PUA account. This decision will include:
  • The reason for the denial.
  • The period of ineligibility covered by the denial.
  • Information concerning your appeal rights (you have 21 calendar days from the date the correspondence was generated in which to file an appeal).

  • You may file an appeal by:
  • Mailing or faxing your appeal to any *Full-service American Job Center. Your appeal will be timely if it is received within 21 days of the decision denying benefits or if mailed, and it bears a legible United States postmark dated within such 21-day period.
  • Using the Internet at www.ctdol.state.ct.us/appeals/apfrmnt.htm within this 21-day period.

  • An Appeal’s Referee from the Appeals Division will hear your case. While waiting for the Referee’s decision, you should continue to file weekly claims as scheduled as long as you are totally or partially unemployed.




    File your PUA Claim

    To create your PUA account so you may file your PUA application, or to access your account to file a Weekly Certification or review correspondence, please access ReEmployCT by clicking the Proceed button below.

     

     

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