Claimants Current Filing for Unemployment Benefits Not Affected by Federal Shutdown
WETHERSFIELD, October 1, 2013 –
In response to inquiries regarding whether the payment of unemployment
insurance benefits will be affected as a result of the federal shutdown, Labor
Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer today noted claimant’s currently collecting
unemployment benefits in Connecticut will not be impacted by the shutdown – they will continue to receive payments.
“We are open for business and employees
from our unemployment insurance unit are on the job to process payments and
respond to inquiries,” noted Palmer.
Palmer noted that federal government
employees who may be newly unemployed as a result of the shutdown can also file
a claim. In these cases, the following guidelines should be observed:
- To initiate a claim for benefits,
federal employees may call the applicable TeleBenefits phone number
(numbers by location can be found on the Labor Department’s website at www.ct.gov/dol) or start their online
claim by visiting the agency’s unemployment website at: www.filectui.com (federal claims will
need to be completed by phone with a TeleBenefits Customer Service
- Federal claims are filed with the state where federal wages are assigned. For example:
- In most cases, if a federal employee has their residence in Connecticut, but their last official duty station (current job) is in California for example, they would file with the State of California.
- In most cases, if a federal employee has their residence in California, but their last official duty station (current job) is in Connecticut, for example, they would file with the State of Connecticut.
- Because federal employers do not report wage
information to state labor departments (all other public and private
employers do report this information), when the Connecticut Labor
Department receives a claim application from a federal employee, CTDOL
must always request wage and separation information from the federal
employer before it can determine if the employee is eligible, and based on
the stated salary, what the weekly benefit amount will be.
“In light of the federal shutdowns, we
anticipate that some federal agencies will not be available to respond to our
request,” Palmer noted. “Regardless of a shutdown, we always send a request
form to the federal employer and an affidavit to the federal employee. That
way, if we do not receive a timely response from the employer, we can use the
information submitted by the employee.”
Palmer noted that when a federal employee
sends in the affidavit, which certifies their current wage information, they
are required to also send in proof of earnings, such as paystubs and most
recent W-2 form.
“Without this information, we are unable to
verify the wages, and federal law does not allow us to use the affidavit
without proof of wages,” Palmer noted. She added that as a result of the
shutdown, some federal employees may have difficulty obtaining wage information
from their employer. In these cases, she said, the agency will try to work with
federal USDOL to determine how each case should be handled.
who have been either partially or totally separated from the federal government
are entitled to file for benefits,” Palmer pointed out. “During this difficult
time we will be doing our very best to assist those that may be eligible to
collect unemployment benefits, while still complying with federal guidelines.”
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