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Important updates on Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits

The CT Department of Labor will begin paying Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) benefits soon. Individuals who received any benefits from regular state unemployment (UI), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Extended Benefits (EB) since July 26th MUST self-certify to receive the LWA benefit. Instructions can be found at
this link. Individuals who have only received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) since July 26th have already self-certified.

 
Connecticut Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which includes the Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act set out in Title II, Subtitle A.

Section 2102 of the CARES Act creates a new temporary federal program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that in general provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits, and provides funding to states for the administration of the program.


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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.

PUA provides up to 39 weeks of benefits (weeks individuals have received from regular Unemployment Compensation or Extended Benefits after 2/2/2020 are subtracted from the 39 weeks) to qualifying individuals who are otherwise able to work and available for work within the meaning of applicable state UC law, except that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to COVID-19 related reasons.

 


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