Governor Lamont announces the launch of the Connecticut Department of Labor’s new unemployment scheme, ReEmployCT

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07/06/2022

Governor Lamont announces the launch of the Connecticut Department of Labor’s new unemployment scheme, ReEmployCT

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) Commissioner Danté Bartolomeo today announced the successful launch of Connecticut’s new unemployment benefit and tax system. reemploymentCT.

ReEmployCT replaces a 40-year-old unemployment scheme and serves approximately 115,000 Connecticut businesses that contribute to the Unemployment Trust Fund, as well as the unemployed who are eligible for benefits.

“ReEmployCT is a significant advance in Connecticut’s ability to provide modern services to its residents,” said Governor Lamont. “We need to make government easier to navigate – it affects every aspect of life and our economy. This new system is an important part of streamlining and modernizing governance for everyone.”

“Connecticut has had a strong rollout of the new system, and I want to thank Gov. Lamont and the Legislature leaders for their support of this initiative.” said Commissioner Bartolomeo. “This was a massive project that required years of planning, and I want to acknowledge the agency team who worked incredibly hard to complete the technical work, help applicants and companies make the transition, and overcome the challenges that come with this type of… multi-year project project. We still have more work to do, but we are excited about the transition and know that ReEmployCT will help make the unemployment system easier to navigate for all users.”

ReEmployCT replaces several of the agency’s unemployment schemes. It offers applicants a one-time sign-up; brings capabilities online to help applicants and employers reduce the need to mail or fax documents; and it reduces the frequency with which some companies are required to file their payroll records. The system also improves the CTDOL functions by reducing manual processing and providing better unemployment data.

Unlike the previous system, ReEmployCT is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

CTDOL rolled out the new system over the last bank holiday weekend as unemployment is not processed on bank holidays, giving the agency another day to test the processes. Additionally, July is traditionally a low usage month for filers and the start of the quarter for businesses.

“Connecticut Leads Unemployment with ReEmployCT,” said Commissioner Bartolomeo. “We are one of the first states in the nation to adhere to U.S. Department of Labor standards with ReEmployCT, and we have worked closely with our national partners at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies to create robust training programs and technology support, to ensure this best delivery of unemployment benefits. The lessons of the pandemic are with us – unemployment benefits are part of the social safety net, a bridge between jobs and critical for residents to understand and access. The CTDOL team recognizes the importance of these services to individuals and the nation’s economy. Despite the pandemic, they have never stopped working on the rollout of this new program.”

There are currently about 20,000 job seekers per week in Connecticut. In the last 24 hours since launch, 19,900 applicants have created new accounts in the ReEmployCT system and 7,500 have already submitted their weekly certification. Applicants have until Saturday to apply for the week ending July 2, 2022. If an applicant did not submit a weekly attestation by June 26, 2022, they may submit an application for that week as well. Since launching at noon yesterday, ReEmployCT has paid nearly $1.8 million in benefits to more than 2,500 claimants.

The design and planning of ReEmployCT started in 2016, with the first implementation expected in May 2021. Due to the pandemic and historically high unemployment figures between March 2020 and September 2021, this start has been postponed to July 5, 2022.

For more information about ReEmployCT, see www.reemployct.com.

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