Posted on May 22, 2020 by admin
Next Steps for Reopening
May 20th marked the start of Phase One of the state’s efforts to re-open with restaurants, retailers, small businesses, museums and zoos reopening in the safest ways possible. During this phase businesses will have to comply with sector rules and undergo a self-certification process. Detailed guidelines for businesses and customers are available online at the Department of Economic and Community Development.
Governor Lamont announced that hair salons and barbershops, initially…
Posted on May 15, 2020 by admin
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
As the May 20th date for “Phase One” re-opening approaches, the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has published industry-specific guidelines for eligible businesses. These guides outline best practices for keeping workers and customers safe. The ultimate decision to open will rest with the owners and/or management of these businesses and organizations.
Download Guides by Sector:
Posted on May 8, 2020 by admin
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…
Posted on May 7, 2020 by admin
School Closures Continued for Remainder of the Academic Year
Yesterday, Governor Lamont announced an executive order that in-person classes at K-12 public schools will remain cancelled for the 2019-2020 academic year. Distance learning and school meals programs will continue. The administration is currently consulting with state and local education officials regarding whether summer school programming should commence as scheduled. Guidance is anticipated toward the end of this month.
Posted on April 30, 2020 by admin
Update from the Department of Labor (DOL)
Today DOL announced that they will begin accepting applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which will provide assistance for self-employed applicants. Earlier this week, the department announced that they have begun processing the extra $600 payments as part of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) program. The payments will be made retroactive to March 29th.
Posted on April 30, 2020 by admin
Hartford – State Representatives Christie Carpino (R-Cromwell), Irene Haines (R-East Haddam), Noreen Kokoruda (R-Madison), and Jesse MacLachlan (R-Westbrook), as legislative colleagues representing Middlesex County, sent a letter to Governor Lamont urging him to assemble a more inclusive team of individuals advising his Reopen Connecticut group as well as urging greater transparency. The letter, which can be viewed here, also identified the lack of individuals on the frontline having input in the Governor’s plan to reopen Connecticut.
“We have a common goal to overcome the virus. As elected officials with accountability to our communities, the legislature must play a clearer role in the planning process to reopen Connecticut’s schools and economy,” explained Rep. Carpino. “We interact with constituents daily and they deserve to have both input and transparency in the roadmap of our state’s future. Gov. Lamont has done his best to protect public health given the unforeseen circumstances. However, community leaders, main street businesses, parents, and elected officials are untapped resources ready to help Connecticut recover.”
“Residents across our region have worked hard to navigate this crisis, closely following public health recommendations and executive orders. As we begin to talk about re-opening, the most important role for a state representative is to listen to constituents and make sure their local concerns are addressed,” said Rep. Haines. “Simply put, public input and transparency lead to good policy decisions, I hope that Governor Lamont takes this into consideration and adds a member of the General Assembly to the Re-Open Connecticut Advisory Group.”
Posted on April 23, 2020 by admin
Update from the Department of Labor
The Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) continues to work through record numbers of unemployment insurance claims, so far 293,000 claims have been processed by the agency. Below is an update from the agency on their efforts and helpful information for those with claims and information about federal stimulus unemployment programs.
Relief for Impacted Student Loan Borrowers
Under a new initiative through the Department of Banking (DOB), Connecticut residents…
Posted on April 22, 2020 by admin
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, usually this occasion is marked by community events and volunteer clean-ups. However, even during this time of social distancing there are ways for us to enjoy our state’s natural beauty and respect our environment.
Enjoy our Local State Parks & Forests
Our state parks and forests remain open for passive enjoyment and solitary recreation. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has put together a guide…
Posted on April 20, 2020 by admin
As part of the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 7BB requiring the use of cloth face coverings or higher level protection in public in situations where close contact is unavoidable. The order takes effect at 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 20th.
The use of masks has been encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after recent studies indicated that the virus can be spread by asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals interacting in…
Posted on April 16, 2020 by admin
Update from the Department of Revenue Services
On Tuesday, April 14th, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Service (DRS) extended filing and payment deadlines for certain state tax returns, to align with federal changes. Information about the impacted Connecticut returns and the associated filing dates and payment deadlines are available on the DRS website.
Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence
Governor Lamont signed Executive Order 7T making it possible to file for a…