Important Information from the Department of Labor

Posted on May 7, 2020 by admin


On April 30th, the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) announced that the self-employed could apply for federal unemployment benefits. Unfortunately, the system was not fully set up to handle those claims.

Today, 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.

More information can be found on the DOL site:

As always, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns about the state’s response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, or any other matter pertaining to state government.

Stay safe and healthy.


State Representative John Piscopo