Filing an unemployment insurance claim can be a very depressing time in a person's life. However, unemployment compensation is a vital lifeline for people who have lost their jobs and have not been able to find replacement work. Unemployment benefits can be essential for keeping a household and family secure, so it’s vitally important that the applicant get it right and understand the laws he must abide by. If one does not follow the rules of collecting unemployment, they may find themselves denied benefits and scrambling for a "Plan B."

Meeting Basic Eligibility Requirements for Unemployment

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, you must meet a series of legal requirements to be considered eligible for unemployment benefits:

  • You must be monetarily eligible. This means your wages are pulled from a one-year period, called the Base Period. The exact Base Period will depend on the type of employment you've held over the past year or more.
  • You have to be totally or partially unemployed, but available for and seeking full-time work. Part time employment is okay for certain individuals, but that needs to be cleared with the Connecticut Department of Labor.
  • You must have an approvable job separation. Just because you lost your job does not mean you will automatically receive unemployment benefits. You will usually not be eligible if you quit, retired, or were fired.
  • You have to meet certain weekly requirements, such as being physically and mentally able to work, making yourself available for and seeking work, and filing your weekly claim on a timely basis.
  • You must attend required workforce preparation sessions. If you are identified as likely to exhaust unemployment benefits and are enrolled in the worker profiling and reemployment services program, you must fully participate in all assessment interviews, orientation, and referred reemployment services.

Unemployment benefits can get pretty complicated, so don't be afraid to do research and ask plenty of questions.

Are you from Southeastern Connecticut and are you nervous that you will be denied benefits, even though your employer violated some part of Connecticut employment law? Contact the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C. at 860 445 8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211 for a free consultation.

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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