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General News & Updates
Dental Guidance Agreed Upon by Working Group of Dentists, Hygienists, and Assistants
May 18, 2020
Governor Ned Lamont today released the guidance document that was developed through a collaborative working group organized by his administration and provides best practices for dentist offices that are considering expanding their operations beyond emergency care in the coming days.
Hair Salon and Barber Shop Reopenings in Early June
May 18, 2020
As their administrations continue developing strategies for the safe reopening of sectors of the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut and Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island today announced their intention to align the reopening of hair salons and barbershops in their respective states in early June.
Infrared Thermometers to Eligible Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Places of Worship
May 15, 2020
The State of Connecticut will be distributing 50,000 infrared thermometers it has secured for small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship to support safe reopening activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses Must Self-Certify Prior to May 20 Reopening
May 11, 2020
Businesses are not required to open, but must follow the guidelines if they do. All businesses subject to the guidelines must self-certify prior to opening May 20. The state’s online certification system is expected to launch later this week.
The workplace guidelines require masks or cloth face coverings, capacity limits, social distancing, and regular cleaning and disinfecting at restaurants, offices, retail stores, and barber shops and hair salons that reopen May 20.
Classes at K-12 Public Schools Will Remain Canceled for the Rest of the Academic Year
May 5, 2020
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he is ordering in-person classes at all K-12 public school facilities in Connecticut to remain canceled for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year and continue providing distance learning during this period. Schools will also be required to continue providing meals to children under the school lunch and breakfast programs for consumption at home, as they have been throughout this emergency.
Statewide Launch of Free Online Job Training Program for Unemployment Claimants
May 4, 2020
Governor Ned Lamont today announced the statewide expansion of a program that will make free online learning licenses available to recipients of unemployment insurance, including those who have been impacted by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 public health crisis. The SkillUp CT program will significantly expand access to comprehensive online course work from a leading global provider for thousands of Connecticut residents.
May 20 Target Date for Phased Reopening of State's Economy
Connecticut is targeting May to 20 to begin a gradual, phased reopening of the state’s economy assuming several critical conditions are met.
Gov. Ned Lamont said April 30 those conditions include 14 consecutive days of declining hospitalizations, increased testing, contact tracing, protection for those at highest risk, and adequate protective equipment.
CT Office of Early Childhood Launches Child Care Program For Frontline Workers
April 28, 2020
If you’re struggling to find and pay for child care during COVID-19 — and you’re a frontline worker, like a health care, child care, or grocery worker — this short-term program can help. It offers payments directly to child care providers, so your child gets the care they need and you’re able to work.
Labor Department Has Begun Issuing Supplemental $600 Stimulus Payments for State Unemployment Benefits
April 28, 2020
Gov. Lamont announced the CT Department of Labor has successfully programmed its computer system and begun issuing the first round of weekly federal stimulus payments to filers receiving state unemployment benefits, with the first batch of payments having been issued this past weekend.
Face Masks for Connecticut Small Business Employees
Congress Approves New Small Business Relief Program Funding
April 24, 2020
The U.S. Congress has approved $381 billion in new funding for two critical small business coronavirus relief programs. The U.S. House acted April 23 on a $484 billion package that includes an additional $321 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program and $60 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan fund.
Revised Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers Issued
April 20, 2020
Governor Lamont signed an Executive Order that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of COVID-19. In addition to the Governors order the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has revised their Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers.
- Gatherings: All social and recreational gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited. Religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings of more than 50 are prohibited. This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
- Face Coverings: When in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, face coverings are required to be worn. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to their health because of a medical condition. Guidance on face coverings has been issued to the state’s businesses. A CDC video explains how to make a face covering at home.
- Business operations: The Governor signed an executive order directing Connecticut residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home.” It directs all nonessential businesses statewide to prohibit in-person functions. Guidance has been issued to the state’s businesses. This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
- Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers: All workplaces considered essential must follow Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
- Retail establishments that are permitted to stay open under the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order must follow “Safe Store Rules” for their operations. This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
- Food establishments are required to provide take-out and delivery services for off-premise consumption only. This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
- Gyms, theaters, hair and nail salons, barbershops, spas, and tattoo parlors are not permitted to operate. This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
- Schools: In-person classes all K-12 schools are canceled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Schools should continue distance learning.
- Summer camps: Summer camps will be permitted to open effective June 29, 2020. Guidance will be released in the coming days with specific details they must follow to operate.
- Travelers: Any person coming into Connecticut by any mode of transportation should self-quarantine for 14 days.
The Business Reopen and Recovery Center for the State of Connecticut is your one-stop resource to help your business prepare, rebuild, and grow during the State’s Coronavirus response.
Workers and Employers
The COVID-19 outbreak has had a significant impact on the lives of many Connecticut citizens, including Connecticut workers and employers. If your employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, please visit the websites below for employment and training opportunities, as well as to file for unemployment benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions for Workers and Employers – The Department of Labor has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Connecticut workers and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The FAQ is regularly updated and provides information on unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, wages and hours, and other employment-related issues.
FileCT.com – To file or get more information about the unemployment process and requirements, please go to www.filectui.com to file with your personal computer, tablet or Smartphone.
CTHIRES.com – Find a job! Make your resume available to leading U.S. employers. Schedule Job Search Agents to search for new matches automatically on the schedule you desire at Connecticut’s Job Bank!
Connecticut’s Reemployment Portal – Job hunting requires some creative thinking. CT’s Reemployment Portal helps you think about occupations and find jobs that match your skills and experience.
State of Connecticut Employer Search – Search for Connecticut Employers by industry, geography, occupation or company name. Find the largest companies in Connecticut or search all by region, WIA, or town. Click on a company name to view more information about that employer. This employer information is provided by InfoGroup®.
Shared Work – Workers can make their employer aware of CTDOL’s Shared Work program as an alternative to layoffs. The program allows employers to reduce employees’ work schedules by 10 percent to 60 percent during business slowdowns such as the COVID-19 crisis while supplementing workers with unemployment benefits for the reduction in work.
Training and Education
Connecticut Job & Career ConneCTion – A stop-by-step guide to the world of work – choosing an occupation, finding appropriate education and training, and finding the right job.
Connecticut Education & Training ConneCTion – Find schools and training providers in your area that offer the program or course you are interested in or those that will prepare you for the your chosen occupation.
Training and Education Planning System – Designed to aid the analysis and discussion of the demand and supply of talent in Connecticut’s workforce. It is intended to help identify where there may be skill shortages or surpluses in the labor market, and thereby guide investments in education and training programs by program planners and administrators, as well as by individuals considering career options.
Connecticut Careers in STEM – Research careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics