Legislation Allows Relocated Military Spouses To Apply for Unemployment
For immediate release
November 20, 2007
WETHERSFIELD -- New Connecticut legislation allows unemployment benefits for an
employee who leaves a Connecticut job to accompany a spouse who is required to
relocate while on active duty with the U.S. armed forces.
“Public Act 07-5 specifies that the claimant’s separation must take place
between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008,” notes State Labor Commissioner Patricia
H. Mayfield. “Claimants will be required to provide a copy of the service
member’s transfer orders,” she added.
“We anticipate that the majority of claimants who apply for these benefits will
already be living out of state and therefore will file by calling our Interstate
office,” Mayfield said. “As part of the legislation, Connecticut General
Statutes were amended so that most employers would not be assessed a charge for
any former employee eligible for benefits under these new guidelines.”
Claims can be filed by using the Labor Department’s Dial to File TeleBenefits
phone system or by applying online through the WebBenefits system. To
obtain a listing of local TeleBenefits numbers or to use the
WebBenefits option, visit the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Web site,
eligible individuals living out-of-state are advised to call the Interstate
office at 1-800-942-6653.
Media Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535