New System For Self-Employed To Apply For Federal Unemployment Benefits

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The Department of Labor has released unemployment assistance guidance
for gig workers and the self-employed.

Today, 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

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 that
will also be located at

Self-employed individuals will follow this two-step application process:

Step 1). Beginning April 30:
* File a regular state claim application with the Connecticut
Department of Labor at, using the BLUE button to file.

NOTE: Self-employed individuals who already filed a claim application
through this system SHOULD NOT file again. The agency has these
original claims and a duplicate is not needed.
* After completing and submitting your application, look for an email
from CTDOL: “Thank you for submitting your online application for
unemployment compensation benefits with the Connecticut Department of
Labor…Please look for a CONFIRMATION EMAIL notifying you that your
claim has been processed. This email will include your NEXT STEPS
information including instructions for when to start filing your
weekly claims.”
* Look for a second email from CTDOL: “Your claim for benefits has
been processed! If this is a new claim then we are sending information
regarding your claim via US mail.”
* Look for your eligibility determination (Form UC-58 Monetary
Determination) that must be sent through the US mail service.
+ If the UC-58 Monetary Determination shows that you have a “zero”
weekly benefit rate (which means you do not have wage earnings in the
state system) you are not eligible for state benefits and are eligible
to file in the ReEmployCT system for self-employed individuals.
+ If the UC-58 Monetary Determination shows a weekly benefit rate, you
have wage earnings in the state system and are entitled to collect
state unemployment benefits.

Step 2). Once You Receive Your UC-58 in the Mail:
* Go to CTDOL (http://www.filectui.comfor)  for the
link to PUA button (this button will be posted to the site next week).
* The PUA system will have a record of your state benefit
ineligibility status.
* Complete the PUA application
+ Applicants will need 2019 IRS forms, 1099, 2019 W-2s, and Schedule C.
+ Applicants will be asked to provide earnings for 2019, broken down
by quarters. Those without tax records for 2019 can self-attest their
earnings, but will be subject to audit. ·Applicants will be asked the
date when COVID-19 impacted their employment. Federal guidelines allow
this to go back to Feb. 2, 2020. If an unemployed status goes back to
retroactive weeks, the system asks the claimant for weekly earnings
through the current week filing.
* Once the PUA application is completed, if applicants did not select
a payment method when filing under the state unemployment system, they
will select their method of payment (direct deposit or debit card –
the agency recommends direct deposit for much faster payment). Payment
selection is made by returning to
(http://www.filectui.comandselecting)  and selecting the “method of
payment” green button

FAQs ( located on the
agency’s homepage are being updated to include a section on the PUA
application process, guidelines and additional details.

If you have any additional questions, please visit the CT Department
of Labor website ( or reach out to my
office at 860-240-8585 or email me at
( . Don’t forget to like my Facebook
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legislative updates!

Gary Turco
State Representative


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