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Legally Required Benefits: Connecticut

Legally Required Benefits requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Robbie McKeon


  • Unemployment insurance is a joint federal/state program offered nationwide. Based on federal law and executed through state law, the program provides partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. See Connecticut Unemployment Insurance Program.
  • Connecticut unemployment insurance is provided under the Connecticut Unemployment Compensation Law. Most employers in Connecticut are subject to this law. See Connecticut Unemployment Insurance Program.
  • Unemployment benefits generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Unemployed individuals must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers must follow certain recordkeeping and posting requirements. See Recordkeeping; Posting.
  • Connecticut offers the Shared Work program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have to be laid off. Under the program, employees' hours and wages are reduced and employees receive a Shared Work benefit to help make up the shortfall. See Connecticut Shared Work Program.