Department of Labor Update on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Posted on May 8, 2020


On April 30th, the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) announced that the self-employed could apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. At that time, only the first step of the process was available for claimants and the system for the second step was not fully set up to handle those claims.

The site has been updated and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation “red button” is posted and active on their site.

Self-employed individuals must follow a two-step application process:

  • Pursuant to Federal guidelines, self-employed individuals, including independent contractors and “gig” workers, are required to first apply through the Connecticut unemployment system located at
  • Before proceeding to the next step, applicants must receive a determination notice in the mail from the Connecticut Department of Labor prior to accessing and applying for benefits under the newly-designed Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

The Department has published a FAQ document for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: Click Here.