PA 07-193—SB 1292

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Appropriations Committee

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ALTERNATIVE BASE PERIOD FOR PURPOSES OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

SUMMARY: This act removes the sunset date of December 31, 2007 from the law establishing an alternative base period to calculate unemployment compensation benefit eligibility, thus making the alternative permanent. The alternative base period is used to determine the eligibility of unemployment compensation claimants who do not qualify under the standard base period.

The act also specifies that an appeal to Superior Court of an Employment Security Review Board decision may be based on a claim that the decision violated statutory or constitutional provisions.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

BACKGROUND

Standard and Alternative Base Periods

The standard base period is the first four of the five most recently completed quarters prior to the quarter during which a claimant files for unemployment benefits. When determining a claimant's eligibility under the alternative period, the Department of Labor (DOL) can use the four most recently completed quarters prior to the quarter in which the person filed the claim. But if the claimant was (1) receiving or eligible for workers' compensation or (2) properly absent from work under his or her employer's sick or disability leave policy before becoming unemployed, the alternative base period is the four most recent quarters in which he or she worked, as long as they were not previously used to claim unemployment compensation.

Employment Security Board of Review

The Employment Security Board of Review is the highest level of administrative appeal within DOL for unemployment compensation eligibility. If either a claimant or an employer is dissatisfied with an unemployment examiner's decision, he or she may appeal it first to an unemployment compensation referee, then to the board of review, and finally to Superior Court.

OLR Tracking: JM: JK: CR: TS