Posted on September 10, 2020 by admin
The Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) recently announced that Connecticut has been approved for an additional two weeks of Lost Wages Assistance supplemental benefits funded by $44 billion in federal Stafford Act disaster relief. This program will provide an additional $300 per week for any claimant who has a weekly benefit of at least $100 (including the dependency allowance) and who has become unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19.
Payments are expected to be made starting mid-September and will be retroactive to July 26.
The first payment will be $300, with the remainder of retroactive payments following in separate payments. The benefits are available for a total of 5 claim weeks (July 26, August 2,9,16 and 23).
Federal eligibility guidelines:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will terminate the program once available federal funding is exhausted or if the federal government passes legislation that replaces the program. The program is expected to provide $375M additional unemployment benefits to Connecticut claimants.
The agency estimates that about 250,000 claimants will be eligible for funding. CTDOL will continue to release updates as they become available on the CTDOL Federal Supplements webpage.