Connecticut self-employed persons who are unemployed due to Coronavirus can now apply for Unemployment Compensation benefits through the Connecticut Department of Labor.
Although telephone assistance is not available at this time, the CT DOL website (link below) has videos, forms and much more information on how to file a claim.
The Connecticut Department of Labor began accepting claim applications for the self-employed, many who are eligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.
Federal guidelines require that self-employed individuals, including independent contractors and “gig” workers, first apply through the Connecticut unemployment system located on www.filectui.com. Applicants must receive a determination notice in the mail from the Connecticut Department of Labor before they can apply on the newly-designed Pandemic Unemployment Assistance online system. Once you are determined to be eligible, you will be able to take the next steps which will include *clicking the red PUA application benefit button, which will not appear on the DOL site until the middle of the week of May 4.
*Please note: That red PUA button is NOT on the site yet. The Department of Labor says to file a regular state unemployment claim first. Next week, if you are deemed eligible, you’ll be able to finish the process, starting with the red PUA button. Towards the end of the week of May 4, payments to the first group of PUA filers will begin to be sent out.