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State of Connecticut Unemployment Insurance Benefit Extensions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
 

Benefits Extensions FAQs updated on February 15, 2013

Please read this page before contacting the Connecticut Department of Labor. In most cases, the answer to your question(s) can be found in the information provided below.

Important: Individuals who are currently employed should not quit a job to file for extended benefits. Quitting to collect will result in disqualification.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Extended Benefits (EB) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1.  Am I eligible for Extended Benefits after I exhaust my eligibility for Emergency Unemployment Compensation?
No. EB can only be paid during an Extended Benefit Period.  The Extended Benefit Period in Connecticut ended on May 12, 2012. No EB may be paid for weeks ending after the Extended Benefit Period, regardless of the amount of benefits remaining in your balance.   By law, an Extended Benefit Period is in effect (13 weeks of benefits) if the three month average of the Total Unemployment Rate equals or exceeds 6.5%.  A High Unemployment Period is in effect (additional 7 weeks of benefits) if the three month average of the Total Unemployment equals or exceeds 8.0%.  In order to remain in effect, the three month average of the Total Unemployment Rate must equal or exceed 110% of such average for the corresponding period in each of the prior three years. Connecticut no longer meets this requirement.

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  Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC-08) Tier 1 FAQs

1. How do I file for federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC - Tier 1) after I exhaust my regular state unemployment compensation benefits?
You need to complete a EUC application.  There are two ways to complete the  EUC application:
(1) call Telebenefits line and select option 6; or
(2) access your on-line account and select the “File for Emergency Benefits” tab; https://sso.ctdol.state.ct.us/English/CommonLogin/CommonLogin.aspx


You may not apply for EUC benefits until you have exhausted your entitlement to Unemployment Insurance benefits.  An instructional letter will be mailed to you when you exhaust your entitlement to Unemployment Insurance benefits.

You do not need to complete another EUC application to receive Tiers II, III or IV EUC benefits.  Once you fully exhaust each Tier of EUC benefits you will be automatically transitioned to the next Tier.

 
2. Do I need to look for work while filing for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) Program? UPDATED JANUARY 24, 2013
The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 require that individuals who receive Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits be able to work, available for work and actively seeking work.

In order to remain eligible for Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits you must:

  • Engage in an active search for work and make appropriate employer contacts in light of the labor market, and your skills and capabilities;
  • Maintain a detailed record of your employer contacts; and;

  • Provide your work search records to the Department of Labor upon request.

Acceptable work search efforts are generally considered to be a minimum of 3 employer contacts over a minimum of 2 days within the week claimed.

You may be selected at random for an audit of your work search efforts. Click here for a copy of the Report of Work-Seeking Activities form.
 

3. How many weeks of extended benefits are established under Tier I ?
If the EUC Tier I effective date is 9/2/2012, or greater: 14 weeks.
If the EUC Tier I effective date is earlier than 9/2/2012: 20 weeks.

The final payable week under current law for all Tiers will be the week ending 12/28/2013.Therefore, any remaining EUC balance in your account will NOT be payable for any week after the week ending 12/28/2013.

 
4. What is the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) Program?
EUC08 is a federally-funded program which provides extended unemployment insurance benefits in all states to unemployed individuals who have already collected all regular state benefits or have expired benefit claims and meet the federal eligibility guidelines.
 
5. Who is potentially eligible?
You are considered potentially eligible for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program if you have a Connecticut unemployment claim, and:
  • You filed an unemployment claim effective May 7, 2006, or later;
  • You are fully unemployed, or partially unemployed and working part-time, as of July 6, 2008;

  • You have no rights to unemployment benefits from any other state, the federal government or Canada;

  • You are legally authorized to work in the United States;

  • You are able and available for and seeking employment.
     

6. When does the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program begin and end?
The program began July 6, 2008 and expires on January 1, 2014, with no phase-out period.
The final payable week under current law for all Tiers will be the week ending 12/28/2013.Therefore, any remaining EUC balance in your account will NOT be payable for any week subsequent to the week ending 12/28/2013.
 
7. I am currently collecting unemployment benefits. Will I be eligible to apply for these additional benefits if I exhaust my 26 weeks and I still am not working full time?
If you have not found employment while collecting state unemployment compensation, and you exhaust those state benefits by December 21, 2013, you will automatically be mailed instructions on how to file for extended benefits under the "First-Tier" program. Filing options include calling your TeleBenefits line option 6, or online at www.ct.gov/dol. The final payable week under current law for all Tiers will be the week ending 12/28/2013.Therefore, any remaining EUC balance in your account will NOT be payable for any week subsequent to the week ending 12/28/2013.
 
8. What information will I need to file a claim?
You will need your social security number and your PIN. You will need to provide information regarding any employment you have had since you last filed for benefits. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need to provide your alien registration number.
 
9. What if I am deaf or hearing impaired, is there a special number I can call?
TDD/TTY users can call 1-800-842-9710.
 
10. If I file online for extended benefits, why am I also told that I also need to call the Telebenefits line?
In most cases, based on your online answers, we need to gather more information. For example, if you said you worked in another state, we would need to know which state and for how long.
 
11. How will I file my weekly claims once my eligibility has been established?
Individuals will be able to file weekly claims by using the Labor Department's automated phone system or online using the agency's Web site, in the same manner weekly claims for regular benefits were filed.
 
12. If I qualify for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, how much can I collect weekly?
Your weekly benefit amount for the extension program will be the same as your weekly benefit amount (including dependency allowance, if applicable).
 
13. How will I receive my payment ?
Unemployment compensation payments are electronically issued either by Direct Deposit to an individual’s bank account, or, onto a Debit Card that is mailed to the last address that you provided to the Connecticut Department of Labor. Therefore, it is important that you update your address with the Connecticut Department of Labor as soon as possible by calling the TeleBenefits Line.Maintaining an updated address also ensures any mailed correspondence reaches you in a timely manner, such as the UC-1099G tax form (Statement of Unemployment Compensation Payments) mailed in January each year.
 
14. What could disqualify me from the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program or delay, stop, or reduce my benefits?
Individuals who are currently employed should not quit a job to file for extended benefits. Quitting to collect these benefits will result in disqualification.  If you have quit or been discharged from a job since you exhausted your unemployment benefits, the reason for that job separation will be examined and could affect your eligibility for extended benefits.

Other situations that could cause a change in your eligibility may be found in the "Claimant's Guide to Unemployment Insurance" you received when you first filed for benefits, or it can be accessed from our Internet site at http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/unemplt/unemployment.htm
 
15. Who is impacted by the EUC Options introduced in the July 22, 2010 legislation?
Affected individuals are those who had already established and have a remaining EUC08 entitlement, have a benefit year that expired after July 22, 2010, and qualify for a new benefit year with a Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) that is at least $100 or 25% less than their EUC08 WBA. These individuals will continue to receive EUC until exhaustion of their EUC08 benefits or until the expiration of the EUC08 program, whichever comes first. The state will then pay the individual any remaining regular compensation entitlement.  Note: This provision  is not retroactive and the individual's benefit year must have expired after July 22, 2010 (the date of the enactment of the Extension Act.).
 
16. If I disagree with a determination that I am not eligible to receive extended benefits, what can I do?
You may file an appeal if you disagree. Instructions on how to file an appeal will be written at the bottom of your monetary or nonmonetary determination letter.
 
17. Are Connecticut employers being charged for Emergency Unemployment Compensation program payments?
No. Connecticut employers, including reimbursable employers, will not be charged for the cost of extended benefits under this program.
 
18. Are these extended unemployment benefits taxable?
Yes. You must report all unemployment insurance on your income taxes, as reported to you on Form UC-1099G. More information may be found on the following IRS press release.
 
19. I have already filed a claim for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and need additional assistance, whom should I contact?
You may contact the agency's Telebenefits line.

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  Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC-08) Tier 2 FAQs

1. Do I need to look for work while filing for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) Program?  UPDATED JANUARY 24, 2013
The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 require that individuals who receive Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits be able to work, available for work and actively seeking work.

In order to remain eligible for Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits you must:

  • Engage in an active search for work and make appropriate employer contacts in light of the labor market, and your skills and capabilities;
  • Maintain a detailed record of your employer contacts; and;

  • Provide your work search records to the Department of Labor upon request.

Acceptable work search efforts are generally considered to be a minimum of 3 employer contacts over a minimum of 2 days within the week claimed.

You may be selected at random for an audit of your work search efforts. Click here for a copy of the Report of Work-Seeking Activities form.
 

2.  What is the "Second-Tier Program"?
Eligibility for "Second-Tier" benefits is based on a federal formula for states with high unemployment rates.  It provides for an additional 14 weeks of federally funded EUC08 benefits.  Currently, Connecticut meets the criteria, but this could change should the state's unemployment rate go down for a certain number of months.
 
3.  How many weeks of extended benefits are established under Tier II?
14 weeks regardless of effective date.
4.  How do I apply for the 14 additional weeks of "Second-Tier" extended benefits?
There is no application necessary. These "Second-Tier" extended benefits will be provided automatically to those who have used up their 26 weeks of state UI benefits and exhausted the first federal extension (Tier I) on or before December 22, 2013, provided they are otherwise eligible. The final payable week under current law for all Tiers will be the week ending 12/28/2013.  Therefore, any remaining EUC balance in your account will NOT be payable for any week subsequent to the week ending 12/28/2013.
 
5.  How do I know if and when I am eligible for the 14 additional weeks of "Second-Tier" extended benefits?
If Tier II is effective 9/2/12, or later, you will be mailed a monetary re-determination increasing your total EUC08 benefit entitlement to 28 weeks.  If Tier II is effective earlier than 9/2/12, you will be mailed a monetary re-determination increasing your total EUC08 benefit entitlement to 34 weeks. The final payable week under current law for all Tiers will be the week ending 12/28/2013.Therefore, any remaining EUC balance in your account will NOT be payable for any week subsequent to the week ending 12/28/2013.
 
6.  How do I file weekly claims for the 14 additional weeks of "Second-Tier" extended benefits?
You may continue to file weekly claims as you have done in the past, using our TeleBenefits and WebBenefits systems.
 
7.  How much will I be provided each week if I need to collect these "Second-Tier" benefits?
The "Second-Tier" benefits will provide you with the same amount you were eligible to collect under the state unemployment insurance program and the "First-Tier" federal extended benefits program.

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 Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC-08) Tier 3 FAQs 

1. Do I need to look for work while filing for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) Program? UPDATED JANUARY 24, 2013
The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 require that individuals who receive Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits be able to work, available for work and actively seeking work.

In order to remain eligible for Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits you must:

  • Engage in an active search for work and make appropriate employer contacts in light of the labor market, and your skills and capabilities;
  • Maintain a detailed record of your employer contacts; and;

  • Provide your work search records to the Department of Labor upon request.

Acceptable work search efforts are generally considered to be a minimum of 3 employer contacts over a minimum of 2 days within the week claimed.

You may be selected at random for an audit of your work search efforts. Click here for a copy of the Report of Work-Seeking Activities form.
 

2. How many weeks of extended benefitst are established under Tier III ?
If the EUC Tier III effective date is 9/2/2012, or greater: 9 weeks.
If the EUC Tier III effective date is earlier than 9/2/2012: 13 weeks.

EUC08 Tier 3 is provided to those states with a total unemployment rate of at least 6% over a three-month average; therefore, Connecticut qualifies for additional weeks under EUC08 Tier 3.

In states where the total unemployment rate is at least 9.0% over a three-month average, the legislation provides for EUC08 Tier 4 -- an additional six weeks of benefits.  The three month average of Connecticut’s seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate fell below the threshold necessary to remain on Tier 4.  Individuals must exhaust their Tier 3 EUC benefits no later than week ending February 18, 2012 in order to be eligible for Tier 4 EUC benefits.  Individuals who exhaust their balance of Tier 3 EUC benefits after week ending February 18, 2012 will not be eligible for Tier 4 EUC benefits.The final payable week under current law for all Tiers will be the week ending 12/28/2013.Therefore, any remaining EUC balance in your account will NOT be payable for any week subsequent to the week ending 12/28/2013.

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