YOU WERE APPROVED FOR REGULAR UNEMPLOYMENT EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE SELF-EMPLOYED
If you get any state UI you will be ineligible for the federal PUA. Some of you earn most of your wages as a self-employed person or 1099. But you may have collected money as a W2 over the past 18 months an qualify for some regular unemployment. You may have left a job voluntarily that at the time made you ineligible for unemployment but now, during the crisis, you are eligible. So you are getting a small amount of state UI instead of a larger amount of federal PUA. What to do? You must request a hearing to explain your situation and make the case for your situation.
- Go to filectui.com
- Half way down the page you will see “hearing forms”
- Complete statement of late file STATEMENT OF LATE FILE
- You need to explain that you believed you were an independent contractor, because you have been working that way. You waited to file for unemployment because you were told by the DOL and other sources that you, as an independent contractor, should wait until April 30 to file for PUA. On April 30 you were told by DOL that you first needed to apply to regular CT unemployment, which you believed you were not eligible for, and you did, only to be surprised that you were eligible. You can then request to have your unemployment benefit (as little as it may be) go retro from when you were forced to stop working, or had a reduction in hours, due to the COVID. If you were unemployed as of March 25, you can request that you also receive the corresponding $600 per week retro to the date you stopped working. They will need to look at every person on a case by case basis.
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