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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 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 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.

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.

If found eligible for PUA, your Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) will be set at the PUA minimum, $198.00. During the application process, you will be asked to enter your 2019 earnings and wages between the four calendar quarters, and you will be able to upload any tax forms, 1099s, and other documents to support the earnings information you entered. If you uploaded documentation, CTDOL will review it and determine if the documentation is sufficient to support the entered earnings. If it does, CTDOL will recalculate your WBA based on the earnings you entered.

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

If you do not upload your earnings documentation during the application process, you must upload it within 21 days of submitting your PUA application in order for CTDOL to be able to consider it.

Yes, you can work part-time and file for partial benefits under PUA by reporting your earnings when you file your weekly certifications. two-thirds of your report earnings 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, ragrdless 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, 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. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program is managed in a system separate from the regular unemployment system, called ReEmployCT.

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

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 payments will be delayed pending 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 payments will be delayed pending until the programming is in place to properly offset the overpayment.


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