The Connecticut Department of Labor looks at wages for a 12-month period that is called the Base Period. The time is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the calendar quarter in which you initiated the claim.
Individuals who cannot establish monetary eligibility using wages in the previously described base period will use an alternate base period. The alternate base period consists of the four calendar quarters immediately preceding the quarter in which the claim is filed.
To determine if a person has sufficient wage credits, the law requires that he or she must have total base period earnings that equals or exceeds 40 times the Weekly Benefit Rate. Normally, the maximum number of weeks of regular benefits payable is 26.
What wages are used in determining monetary eligibility for Unemployment Insurance in Connecticut?
Wages are drawn from a one-year period (four calendar quarters) to calculate eligibility. This one-year period is called the Base Period.
By law, neither the quarter in which your claim is initiated nor the calendar quarter immediately preceding that quarter can be used for this calculation. Therefore, the Base Period normally will be the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the effective date of the new claim.
If your claim is effective with any Sunday in:January, February, or March The Base Period will be the first nine months (Jan-Sept) of last year and the last three months (Oct-Dec) of the year before last;
If your claim is effective with any Sunday in:April, May, or June The Base Period will be all twelve months (Jan-Dec) of last year;
If your claim is effective with any Sunday in:July, August, or September The Base Period will be the first three months of the current year (Jan-Mar) and the last nine months (Apr-Dec) of the last year;
If your claim is effective with any Sunday in:October, November, or December The Base Period will be the first six months (Jan-June) of the current year and last six months of the last year.
What are the basic eligibility requirements to apply for unemployment insurance in Connecticut?
To apply for Unemployment Insurance in Connecticut, you will need to fall under one of the following:
Be fully or partially unemployed;
Be unemployed through no fault of your own [the law imposes disqualifications for certain types of separations from employment];
Be physically and mentally able to work full time*;
Be available for full-time work*;
Be registered with the American Job Center;
Be actively seeking work by making reasonable efforts to find employment each week;
Participate in selected reemployment services if you are identified as a dislocated worker by the profiling system;
File your weekly claims as directed.
*Individuals who cannot work because of a physical or mental impairment that is chronic or expected to be long-term or permanent may qualify for benefits if they are available for suitable part-time work.
Where can I find the latest on the positive test cases for COVID-19 in Connecticut?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.
Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
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