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State Senate Considers Unemployment Benefits

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The State  Senate is expected to consider two bills that aim to expand eligibility for unemployment compensation benefits.

One bill extends the deadline to appeal certain unemployment compensation decisions if the unemployed worker can show good cause for the delay, such as administrative error or factors outside the person’s control.

The second bill lengthens the “look back period,” from two to three years, to determine eligibility for unemployment compensation benefits. The change will allow individuals to continue to receive extended benefits that are fully funded by the federal government past the 78th week of their unemployment.

Connecticut’s unemployment rate is currently 9.1 percent.

Both measures could come up for a vote today.

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