One state that benefited from the recent round of U.S. Department of Labor grants was Connecticut, where the local unemployment insurance system has received a financial boost.

According to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut is the recipient of more than $1.6 million, designed to bolster the current program and implement new technologies and features to streamline the benefits process.

“This funding will allow the Labor Department to continue its outstanding work in preventing and recovering ineligible unemployment payments,” said Malloy. “We are pleased to have Connecticut recognized for its success in fighting unemployment insurance fraud and look forward to strengthening our efforts to further deter fraud.”

Overall, these funds will be used to upgrade the many features that ensure the right people are receiving unemployment insurance in Connecticut, including the State Information Data Exchange System, or SIDES, and other existing programs. The grant money will also help continue a partnership between the Connecticut Department of Labor and the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney to further combat fraud.

Maximum benefit increases in state
In addition to the news that Connecticut is one of the states receiving funds from the U.S. Department of Labor, local claimants will also soon be able to get a higher maximum benefit amount than before.

The Connecticut Department of Labor reported that a revision of the unemployment insurance benefit rate has resulted in a $4 increase, with the weekly maximum now at $594 instead of $590. This change will go into effect on Oct. 5, 2014. That means that only those who file for benefits on or after this date will be eligible for the rate hike – those that have already been receiving payments will not be affected.

This shift is the result of current wages in the state, which have recently experienced a slight uptick. The Connecticut DOL noted that the average benefit payment for the year ending Aug. 31, 2014 was $319 per week, with the average time with compensation topping out at 18 weeks. The year before that average was $316 and 18 weeks as well.

At Corporate Cost Control, we work closely with employers across the country to better manage the nuances of unemployment insurance. Legislation changes on the state level could impact you today, and we welcome any questions or concerns you may have on a wide range of topics.


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