Connecticut Unemployment Weekly Claims
To remain eligible for the Connecticut unemployment insurance program, you must submit a weekly claim for each week you want to receive compensation. This means that you need to regularly inform the DOL about your unemployment status to continue receiving benefits.
Weekly claims to maintain unemployment eligibility
Once you have applied for UI benefits, you will be required to file a weekly claim to confirm that you are still without a job. This continued claim will ask you to disclose any income you earned during the week and provide details about your search for a new full-time job. It is important to complete this weekly claim to maintain the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits.
After you apply for benefits, you can start submitting your weekly claim on the Sunday following your initial application. It is important to complete your weekly claim by 11:59 PM on Saturday of each week you are requesting benefits.
If a worker lost their job on Monday, they can file an initial claim for UI benefits on the same day or any other day during that week. Then, on the following Sunday, they can submit their first weekly claim for benefits, which covers the week starting from that Sunday.
Be sure to submit your weekly claim before 11:59 PM on the Saturday of that week to avoid delayed benefit payments or a denial of benefits for that week.
When submitting your weekly claim for Connecticut unemployment benefits, you will be asked:
- Work search details, including:
- Type of work search
- Date of work search
- Employer name
- Employer address
- Employer phone number
- Position applied for
- Method of contact
- Contact name
- Contact title
- Contact phone number
- Contact email
- Business website
- Result of contact
Additional questions include:
- Whether you were physically able and available to work full time
- Did you start school, college, or training?
- Did you work in any self-employment?
- Did you perform any work?
- Do you have a definite date to return to employment?
- Did you refuse any offer of work or rehire?
- Did you receive a payment from a pension?
- Did you receive severance pay or workers’ compensation?
Before you submit the information, be sure to carefully check all the details to make sure they are correct. It is important to be honest and provide all the necessary information when applying for benefits in Connecticut. Giving false information or intentionally withholding relevant details to receive benefits is considered unemployment fraud.
Even if you are going through the appeals process, it is still necessary to continue filing your weekly claims. If you fail to do so, you may experience a delay or denial of unemployment insurance benefits for the weeks you didn’t file. File your claims on time to stay on track and ensure that you receive your UI benefits.
How to file weekly claims online
You will need to file your weekly claim using the state’s online portal, ReEmployCT. To do so:
- Visit dol.ct.gov
- Log in using the username and password you set up when filing your initial application
- Click the “Weekly Certification” button
- Answer the questions on the screen
- Review your answers carefully
- Click “Submit”
How do I know if my weekly claim was successful?
You can check the status of your weekly claim by logging into your ReEmployCT portal and reviewing your claim information/weekly certification home page.
You can also call the Connecticut consumer contact center if you have questions about the status of a claim or if you need to correct information on a previously submitted claim.
How to collect payment
The Connecticut Department of Labor offers two methods for receiving unemployment compensation: direct deposit or a debit card provided by U.S. Bank ReliaCard. When you file for unemployment benefits through the ReEmployCT portal, you will need to choose between these options.
Please note that for your security, representatives from the Connecticut consumer contact center are not allowed to enroll you in unemployment benefits or set up direct deposit.
You can use the CT unemployment calculator to estimate your weekly benefit amount.
Can I change my preferred payment method?
If you wish to change how you receive your unemployment compensation, you can do so by logging into your ReEmployCT portal and clicking the “Weekly Certification Payment Option Details” button.