If you are an independent contractor or self-employed and applied on April 30 for your unemployment…. You needed to apply for regular CT unemployment first. Many of you started to get letters saying that you had a $0 benefit. This is good. You now could apply for the PUA.
However, some of you got your letter in the mail saying you are getting a benefit each week. You may have received a W2 in the past 4-5 quarters and that made you eligible. If you get any amount of money from the state UI you will NOT GET ANY PUA. If you try to apply you will be denied. You will get the additional $600 FPUC but it will not go retro to March because you just applied on April 30. This is what you need to do….
- 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.