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  • 1. RAPID RESPONSE TEAM PRESENTATION FOR DISLOCATED WORKERS
  • 2. DISLOCATED WORKER PROGRAM  PURPOSE: Offers a variety of free services that help dislocated workers become re-employed as quickly as possible.  Federally funded under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Available in every state and U.S. territory (call 1-877-US-2JOBS/1-877-872-5627)  No residency or Income Requirements  Starts upon Notice of Layoff, if found eligible (certified Dislocated Worker)  Not an entitlement program 2
  • 3. BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS  MUST HAVE SUFFICIENT WAGES  BE UNEMPLOYED THROUGH NO FAULT OF YOUR OWN  BE ABLE, AVAILABLE, AND ACTIVELY SEEKING FULL-TIME WORK (exception: the law provides that an individual with a physical or mental impairment may limit availability for work to part-time employment.) 3
  • 4. FILING A CLAIM • WHEN: Legal right to file a claim once you’ve worked your last day or if your hours are reduced. • HOW: CALL the TELE-BENEFITS CLAIM LINE via your local calling area phone number (page 5 in your instruction packet) or go ON-LINE through DOL’s WEBSITE (www.ct.gov/dol). • Call Center office hours are M-F 8:00-4:00. • CONTINUED CLAIMS must be filed WEEKLY (Any day Sunday-Friday) for each week fully or partially unemployed. • CHECKS are mailed to your home address or PO Box. Notify the Tele-Benefits Center if you move. 4
  • 5. MONETARY ELIGIBILITY • Base Period = 4 calendar quarters • WBR = Weekly Benefit Rate (approx. 1/2 gross weekly wage in the average of 2 highest quarters) • 26 Weeks of Full Benefits • 52-week Benefit Year (starts when you file a claim) • Maximum Benefit Amount = WBR x 26 (CT Max. $519 x 26 = $13,494) 5
  • 6. MONETARY ELIGIBILITY • $15 Dependency Allowance - Maximum of 5 dependents - Must be the whole or main support - Children (under 18, under 21 and a full-time student, or a mentally or physically handicapped child of any age) - Non-working Spouse NOTE: Unemployment benefits are taxable for income tax purposes. Voluntary 13% withholding. (combined rate: 10% Federal + 3% State of CT) 6
  • 7. REASONS YOUR WEEKLY BENEFITS MAY BE REDUCED OR DENIED • Dismissal Pay (notice pay, severance, retention bonus) • Vacation Pay • Pensions, including 401(k) - Only base period employer contributions - Upon receipt of first check - No effect if rolled-over to other qualified plan • Part-time Earnings 7
  • 8. REDUCTION IN BENEFITS EXAMPLES PART-TIME EARNINGS WBR $300 P/T Gross Earnings $ 90 2/3 x $90 = $ 60 $300 (WBR) - 60 (2/3 earnings) $240 (Partial Benefit) Extends number of weeks to 32.5 weeks 8
  • 9. REDUCTION IN BENEFITS EXAMPLES PENSIONS WBR $300 Monthly Pension $500 Prorated Weekly Pension $115.38 $300.00 WBR -115.38 Prorated weekly pension $184.00 Adjusted benefit after rounding Extends number of weeks to 42.39 9
  • 10. CONTINUING ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS • Able to work • Available for full-time work* • Making reasonable efforts to find employment each week • Minimum of 3 Employer contacts per week • Random Efforts Check • Seek work at highest previous skill & wage level 10
  • 11. ENHANCED RE-EMPLOYMENT SERVICES  Identifies dislocated workers most likely to exhaust benefits before securing full-time employment.  If selected, you must participate in designated re-employment services as a condition of eligibility for unemployment benefits. 11
  • 12. DISLOCATED WORKER APPROVED TRAINING UNEMPLOYMENT CONTINUING ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS WAIVED IF:  Enrolled in training approved and funded under WIA.  For self-paid, full-time training FIRST seek pre- approval from the Tele-Benefits Call Center. NOTE: Unemployment limited to 26 full weeks of benefits, even if in approved training. 12
  • 13. CTWORKS EMPLOYMENT SERVICES • Available NOW (regardless of job status) • DOL Website (www.ct.gov/dol) • CT Job Bank and National Labor Exchange • Job & Career ConneCTion • Talent Bank, Labor Market info • Career Counseling • Special Services for Veterans • Job Fairs • Career Center Services 13
  • 14. CTWORKS CAREER CENTERS • Assessment & Testing • Job Search Skills Workshops • Career Exploration & Vocational Counseling • Résumé & Cover Letter Services • Phones, computers, copiers, mail & FAX • Internet Access • Resource Library • Job Clubs 14
  • 15. WIA TRAINING • NOT AN ENTITLEMENT - must qualify as dislocated worker - based on individual need - lead to a job in demand - must be pre-approved (no reimbursement) - funding cap (if funds available) • OCCUPATIONAL SKILLS TRAINING - Classroom (WIA approved vendor list) - OJT (On-the-Job Training) 15
  • 16. DEPARTMENT of HIGHER EDUCATION 860-947-1810 or 1-800-842-0229 EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION CENTER (EEIC) • College Degrees and Courses • Vocational/Technical Schools • Sources for help to start a business • Credit for prior learning • Student Financial Aid Information • Tuition Waivers - Veterans & Seniors 16
  • 17. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SECURITY ADMINISRATION  Division of the US Department of Labor  Protects and enforces your rights under ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA (health & welfare benefits - pension, 401(k), life insurance, health insurance)  Call Toll-free: 1-866-444-3272 17
  • 18. HEALTH INSURANCE OPTIONS - CT HUSKY PROGRAM - • National Program - similar program in every state. • Low-cost health insurance for children under the age of 19 residing in CT (and some parents and caretaker relatives) based on household size and family income. • Assets not considered. No deductibles. Pre- existing conditions not a barrier to participation. • Managed Care (4 HMOs to choose from). • Comprehensive medical package. • Apply by phone: 1-877-284-8759 18
  • 19. HEALTH INSURANCE OPTIONS - Charter Oak Health Plan - • State-sponsored plan for Connecticut residents aged 19 – 64 who are uninsured. • Affordable group health coverage. Income and family size determine the premium and deductible. • Coverage for enrollees with pre-existing medical conditions (no exclusions). • Comprehensive benefits package. 3 HMOs. • Complete a Quick-Start application available by phone: 1-877-77-CT-OAK (1-877-772-8625) web: www.charteroakhealthplan.com 19