A Guide to Your Rights &
Responsibilities When Claiming Unemployment Benefits in
Combined Wage Claim -
Work In More Than One State
All states currently participate in a federal
program entitled, "The Interstate Agreement for Wage Combining." Under
this program, an individual who has wage credits in more than one state can
elect to have those wage credits combined and used in the Base Period of the
state of current residence. By doing this, you may be able to establish
monetary eligibility that would not be possible otherwise. Wages can also
be combined to increase the Weekly Benefit Rate up to the maximum allowable
under Connecticut law.
You can file a claim under the Wage Combining
Program and have Connecticut pay benefits when:
Combined Wage Claims take longer to process
than regular claims as we must correspond with other states and verify wages.
Every attempt is made by all states to process these claims as quickly as
possible. There are several other important factors common to all states that
you should know.
Wages from other states that are
not paid in Connecticut's base period cannot be used for combining.
Once wages from other states are
assigned to Connecticut, they are no longer usable as wage credits in the other
If the wages that are provided to
Connecticut from another state do not make you eligible or increase your benefit
rate, we will restore them to that state. This may allow their use at a later
Combined Wage Claims filed in
Connecticut, with this state as the paying state, are governed and paid in
accordance with Connecticut law.
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