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A Guide to Your Rights & Responsibilities When Claiming Unemployment Benefits in Connecticut
Reasons Your Weekly Benefits May Be Reduced Or Denied

Your weekly benefit check can be reduced if you receive certain types of income or payments that arise out of past or present employment.  You must report to the TeleBenefits Line receipt of any of the following payments when received or when you are informed that you will be receiving such payment.

  • Part-time wages or wages for any work performed, including tips.  (Must be reported WHEN EARNED NOT WHEN PAID)

  • Remuneration from self-employment

  • Vacation pay

  • Severance pay or wages in lieu of notice

  • Holiday pay

  • Workers' Compensation

  • Employer-sponsored disability payments

  • Pensions

  • Unemployment Insurance under other state or federal law

  • Back pay awards

  • Bonus payments for prior work

  • Child support obligations

A reduction may not always be necessary, especially in the case of vacation or severance pay.  This type of reduction to the Benefit Rate is different from a reduction resulting from a pension or a wage credit disqualification.  A new Monetary Determination is not issued in most of these cases since the reduction applies only to the week or weeks to which the payment applies and does not normally reduce the maximum benefit amount.

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