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A Guide to Your Rights & Responsibilities When Claiming Unemployment Benefits in Connecticut
Basic Eligibility Requirements

You can receive benefits if you meet a series of legal eligibility requirements:

  • You must be monetarily eligible.

  • You must be totally or partially unemployed.

  • You must have an approvable job separation; the law imposes a disqualification for certain types of separations.

  • You must meet certain weekly legal requirements; weekly requirements include being physically and mentally able to work, being available for and seeking work*, and filing your weekly claim for benefits on a timely basis.

  • If you are identified as likely to exhaust unemployment benefits and are enrolled in the worker profiling and reemployment services program, you must fully participate in all assessment interviews, orientation, and referred reemployment services.

*Generally, an individual must be available for and seeking full-time work.  Under certain conditions, a person who has a disability may be able to limit his or her availability for work to part time only.  A claimant can qualify for unemployment compensation by: (1) providing documentation from a licensed physician which establishes that (a) he or she has a physical or mental impairment that is chronic or expected to be long-term or permanent, and (b) the impairment leaves him or her unable to work full-time, and (2) demonstrating that the impairment does not effectively remove him or her from the labor force.

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