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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)


Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a program that temporarily expands unemployment insurance (UI) eligibility to self-employed workers, 1099 employees, "gig" workers, workers in jobs not covered by regular unemployment benefits, and independent contractors impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

In general, PUA provides up to 39 weeks of benefits (weeks individuals have received from regular Unemployment Compensation or Extended Benefits after February 2, 2020 are subtracted from the 39 weeks) to qualifying individuals who are otherwise able to work and available for work within the meaning of applicable state unemployment compensation law, except that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to one of the COVID-19 related reasons.

PUA provides benefits to covered individuals, who are those individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits under state or Federal law or pandemic emergency unemployment compensation (PEUC), including those who have been disqualified from or have exhausted all rights to such benefits. Covered individuals also include self-employed, those seeking part-time employment, individuals lacking sufficient work history, and those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits under state or Federal law or PEUC.

Individuals eligible to collect PUA who were not eligible for regular unemployment benefits (such as the self-employed) can collect up to 39 weeks of PUA. Weeks individuals have received from regular Unemployment Compensation or Extended Benefits after February 2, 2020 are subtracted from the 39 weeks.

No. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program is managed in a system separate from the regular unemployment system, called ReEmployCT.

To continue to receive your benefits, 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.
  • From the your account home page, click Weekly Certification → File Weekly Certification, and answer each question. You will be answering the questions for the previous calendar week.
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, and 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.

Yes. You may access your ReEmployCT account and select the "Proof of Wages" menu option to upload documents.

If you do not upload your earnings documentation during the application process, you must upload them within 21 days of submitting your PUA application in order for your documents to be considered.

Please note, in order to be able to upload documents during the application process or afterwards, you must enter your 2019 earnings during the application process.

Yes, you can work part-time and file for partial benefits under PUA by reporting your earnings (gross wages for employees, NET earnings for self-employed) when you file your weekly certifications. Two-thirds of your earnings reported will be deducted from your PUA benefit rate for weeks you report your part-time work and wages.

No, if you qualify for state unemployment benefits, you must file against them, regardless of the rate.

No, unlike regular unemployment benefits where you can file more than 26 weeks if you file partials, PUA is payable for 39 weeks of filing, or fewer if you collected regular benefits and/or Extended Benefits since February 2, 2020, regardless if the weeks are partial or total benefit weeks.

Based on the current legislation, PUA will be effective for weeks of unemployment beginning on or after February 2, 2020 and ending December 26, 2020.

Yes, PUA benefits are taxable against both the federal income tax (IRS) and state income tax.

The minimum PUA weekly amount is $198. Currently the maximum PUA weekly amount is $649. The maximum weekly benefit amount is adjusted annually, in October.

Yes, PUA payments between April 4, 2020 and July 25, 2020 will include the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payment of $600.00

No, use the CT Tax and Benefits System (CTABS) to add or modify payment information. CTABS is accessed at (This is the GREEN button on the site).

No, it takes one business day for your updated payment information to be processed into the ReEmployCT system.

Yes, if CTDOL has an active child support order against your claim, child support will be deducted weekly from each payable week in accordance to state statute while receiving PUA benefits.
  • Note - If you have an active child support order, your PUA payments will be delayed until the programming is in place to properly enforce the order.

    Yes, federal law stipulates that unemployment overpayments be recouped 100% against PUA.
  • Note - If you have an outstanding unemployment overpayment, your PUA payments will be delayed until the programming is in place to properly offset the overpayment.


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