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A Guide to Your Rights & Responsibilities When Claiming Unemployment Benefits in Connecticut
Qualifying For a Second Benefit Year

If you receive any unemployment benefits during the course of a Benefit Year, and that Benefit Year has expired or is about to expire, benefits cannot be paid in a second Benefit Year unless the following eligibility conditions have been satisfied:

  • You have sufficient wage credits in your new Base Period to  establish a new Weekly Benefit Rate.

  • Since establishing your first Benefit Year, you have returned  to work and been paid wages of $300 or five times the Weekly  Benefit Rate established for your second Benefit Year (whichever is greater).

  • Only wages earned from an employer that is subject to Unemployment Insurance law (any  state or federal law) can be considered as meeting the second Benefit Year requirement. 

If  there is any doubt that you have met this requirement, contact the Tele-Benefits Line.

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