Posted on June 29, 2020 by hbrooks
Last Friday, the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) released information regarding letters going out today to some Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) filers who are close to exhausting their federal benefits. Recipients of these letters will be eligible to extend their unemployment insurance (UI) under Connecticut’s extended benefits (EB) program.
Upon notification that their PEUC benefits are ending, filers may apply for extended benefits by using the green button on the CTDOL website. Once approved for benefits, claimants will file online weekly, following the same process as for state unemployment insurance benefits and PEUC. Extended benefits are considered taxable and are eligible for voluntary withholding. Extended benefits applications can only be filed upon the exhaustion of the PEUC and not earlier.
Eligibility requirements for extended benefits (EB) include:
- Filers must have a benefit year that ends after May 1, 2020 and be totally or partially unemployed.
- Filers must have exhausted all rights to unemployment insurance under state law and have also exhausted all PEUC entitlement.
- Filers must have been paid wages by an employer who is subject to the Connecticut Unemployment Compensation Act.
- Filers must meet eligibility requirements related to base period benefit amount.
As a reminder, CTDOL maintains a frequently asked questions document with information on the UI benefits being administered by the state.