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Filing for unemployment insurance in Connecticut

Unemployment insurance is meant to provide temporary monetary relief to unemployed workers in Connecticut.

According to the most recent data, the unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent in Connecticut during July, as the state added 2,400 jobs. While these statistics are promising, Connecticut's unemployment rate continues to be higher than the national unemployment rate, which is currently 6.2 percent.

In addition, for the unemployed, statistics touting the improving rate of unemployment is of no help when individuals are unable to find suitable work.

In Connecticut, workers who find themselves unemployed may file for unemployment benefits, to get them through the difficult period between jobs. For many unemployed workers, the process to obtain unemployment benefits can seem confusing and complex. In some cases, it may be wise to seek the counsel of a legal professional, who can help the worker navigate through the unemployment process.

Separation from work

In many cases, an individual may be separated from work for reasons other than a lack of work. In other words, the worker may be discharged from their position or decide to quit. In either case, the employee may still be eligible for unemployment benefits, if certain conditions are met.

For instance, if a worker quits employment, he or she may be able to collect unemployment benefits. In many situations, if the worker quit with good cause that is attributable to the employer, he or she may receive unemployment benefits. Generally, the employee is expected to provide notice of the problem to the employer and provide the employer with an opportunity to fix the issue before the employee quits.

In addition, workers may be eligible for benefits if they quit their employment in order to provide care for certain immediate family members - including their spouse, parent or a child. An individual may also be eligible to receive unemployment if he or she quit to escape a situation involving domestic violence.

Similarly, there are situations in which an individual is discharged from employment in which he or she may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If an employee is fired, the employer has the burden of showing that the decision to discharge the employee was due to willful misconduct. For instance, if an employee was absent from work on three occasions during a one-year period without providing proper notice and without having good cause, he or she can be considered to have engaged in willful misconduct.

Able, available and actively seeking

For an individual to be eligible for unemployment benefits in Connecticut, he or she must also be able, available for and actively seeking suitable employment.

In other words, an individual may not be eligible for benefits if he or she is permanently unable to perform any type of work. In addition, an individual who is not available to accept employment may not be eligible for benefits.

Finally, unemployed individuals must make reasonable efforts to gain suitable employment during every week in which they receive unemployment benefits.

If you have suddenly found yourself unemployed, you need to take prompt action to ensure your continued financial security. Consider talking to an experienced unemployment law attorney to discuss your eligibility for unemployment benefits in Connecticut.

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