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Unemployment Compensation

Employees and Employers: If you have a questions about your unemployment claim or a Notice of Potential Liability please go to the CT Department of Labor (CT DOL) Frequently Asked Questions page first at     If you cannot find your answer there and are unable to reach someone at the DOL then please reach out to your legislator and they will assist you. 

CT DOL has been working nights, weekends and holidays to process over 327,000 claims since March 13, 2020. In 2 weeks they received the amount of claims they usually receive in 3 years. In addition CT DOL had to reprogram their system to add in benefits provided to you by the federal government. See below for the most recent updates a of 4/27/20.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) programming has been successfully completed, with payments of the $600 supplemental benefit to begin April 27, 2020. Once a claimant begins to receive this federal weekly payment, they can expect a subsequent lump sum payment for all retroactive weeks within the next two weeks. Retroactive payments will date back to all eligible claim weeks that were filed since the FPUC program was enacted on March 29, 2020.​ 

UI Claim Update: To speed up the processing of unemployment insurance claim applications, some are being sent through CTDOL’s automated system and placed into temporary shutdown status. The agency is now beginning to convert those claims to regular standard claims. If your claim was initially placed in the temporary shutdown category, you will receive get an email from CTDOL that instructs you on how to begin filing a weekly claim. Please check your email (including spam or junk folders). (CT DOL website 4/27/20)

For the latest information go to 

Before you file a claim watch this How to Video 

The following webinars are also very helpful 

Self Employed & Small Business Assistance

  • Unemployment compensation is available to self employed individuals. If you are self-employed, please do not file for benefits yet. CTDOL is building a system that will allow you to file for the federal stimulus benefits. Plans are to have it ready by April 30 to accept claim applications. Go to  for more information. 

Federal Assistance

  • PPP

Funds for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have been replenished so employers can continue to apply or reapply if they were denied. These loans are distributed through local banks. We recommend that you apply with your bank first before applying with another lender. Go to for information. 

  • EIDL

The SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

 Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven Coordinating Statewide Effort
Approximately 500,000 masks have been distributed throughout the state of Connecticut  through a statewide program Masks for Heroes.

The grassroots partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven distributes Level 1, FDA approved masks to hospitals, first responders and other frontline emergency workers to combat the Covid-19 virus.
If you would like to donate, you can make your tax-deductible gift online at  or make a check payable to "Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven" and mail to Attn: Masks for Heroes, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge CT 06525. One hundred percent of all donations go directly to protect medical staff, care-givers, and first responders throughout Connecticut. 


 No-Cost COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

 Insurer led programs for healthcare workers 


  • Brave of Heart Fund
    • CIGNA and New York Life through their foundations created a fund for the bereaved families of COVID-19 front-line healthcare workers and volunteers.
    • More information on the Brave of Heart Fund may be found at  

For the latest updates from the Connecticut Insurance Department go to 

Governor Lamont's Daily Updates

 To see daily updates on the number of Corona Virus cases go to