The Connecticut unemployment insurance online service is expanding in 2007. After its introduction in 2006, approximately 30 percent of unemployment claims are processed online. This year, the Connecticut Department of Labor’s online filing system, also known as WebBenefits, is expected to expand. By the end of the year, many predict that more than half the unemployment claims will be processed online.
“This time of the year we typically see an increase in the number of claims we handle,” said State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield. “Weather-related construction shutdowns, after-holiday slowdowns in the retail industry and school vacations all contribute to that fact that more people find themselves filing for unemployment assistance until they are back at work again. In an effort to minimize wait times on our automated TeleBenefits “Dial to File” telephone claim system we suggest that people give our newest online service a try.”
The online WebBenefits system is available in both English and Spanish. The automated system can be used to file an initial unemployment claim, a continuing claim, or to check the status of a claim. “A few simple clicks of the computer mouse will let you know if your claim can be accomplished over the Internet,” Mayfield noted. “If not, users will receive a message on the computer screen to let them know they need to use the phone system to file.”
The automated WebBenefits program is part of a continuing effort by the Connecticut Dept. of Labor to get people back to work as soon as possible. Commissioner Mayfield explains that by incorporating technology into the claims process, benefit payments can be automated. This frees the department’s staff to focus on popular employment services such as job training, resume critiques and workshops.
A variety of employment services are offered at the state’s local CTWorks Centers. These include career counseling, résumé workshops, job search assistance, employment fairs, access to the online Connecticut Job Bank and specialized workforce assistance for veterans.
In Connecticut, my new business owners, the unemployment insurance system isn’t much different than what we saw in Colorado, except that you live in Connecticut on the East Coast (not in the snowy Rockies) and that you are dealing the Connecticut Department of Labor and not the Colorado Department of Labor.
Kidding aside, registering your new business is not a joke. It’s a necessary step toward making yourself a law-abiding and legitimate employer before the eyes of the law and the community of business in your area. Like in Colorado, one of the first things to join the community of employers in Connecticut that you will want to do is buy yourself some unemployment insurance posters. These are mandatory in this state as well, for their value in explaining to your employees what unemployment insurance can do for them if they get laid off or let go because of no error on their part.
Now on to how you can actually get them this unemployment insurance. In Connecticut, new employers can start by registering their company with the state through the Internet. This is the preferred mode of registration in the state of Connecticut, so tech savvy employers should make this their No. 1 choice when it comes to getting in gear with the unemployment insurance system.
You can also register with the state the old fashioned way, for you paper savvy employers out there. This can be done by contacting the Connecticut Employer Status Unit at 860-263-6550, to receive the appropriate forms from the state. Or if you are halfway to being tech savvy, you can actually download the forms from the state Web site and then print them and fill them out to send in by mail.
These forms will then go along with the other forms that you need to fill out for the unemployment insurance system, such as the Quarterly Unemployment Compensation Tax forms, Correction Returns forms, and Separation packets.
The definition of employment is one of several items covered on Connecticut Unemployment Insurance posters and means any service performed for remuneration under a contract of hire which creates the employer and employee relationship. It may be either an expressed or implied contract.
Subject employment includes such service as full-time employment, part‑time employment, temporary employment for only a short period of time, such as for some special project, employment of paid officers whose personal accounts are credited, employment compensated by commissions or gratuities, and employment compensated in any other medium other than cash except for Agricultural or Domestic Service.
Other sections of Connecticut Unemployment Insurance posters address the agricultural and domestic service coverage. An employer who has service performed by an individual in agricultural labor is liable if the service is performed for a person who (a) during any calendar quarter in either the current or preceding calendar year paid remuneration in cash of $20,000 or more to individuals employed in agricultural labor, or (b) employed for some portion of a day in each of twenty different calendar weeks, not necessarily consecutive, ten or more individuals regardless of whether they were employed at the same moment in time are covered.
The Connecticut Unemployment Insurance posters are available highlighting all of the ciurrent state and federal labor laws.