About 800,000 people nationwide were designated as non-essential employees during the federal shutdown, and, unlike the 1.2 million federal employees working without pay, they may never be paid for the days or weeks during the shutdown.
Connecticut’s Labor Commissioner invited those who work in Connecticut to apply for unemployment benefits.
How many people might fall into this category is unknown. Employees at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration were still at work on Tuesday. The Coast Guard Academy did not say if anyone was furloughed there. Active duty military are being paid during the shutdown.
To initiate a claim for benefits, federal employees will need to call the applicable TeleBenefits phone number (numbers by location can be found on the Labor Department’s website at www.ct.gov/dol).
In order to begin getting checks, however, the state agency will need to get salary information and confirm with the federal agency that the person has been ordered to stay home.
“In light of the federal shutdowns, we anticipate that some federal agencies will not be available to respond to our request,” Commissioner Sharon Palmer said in a statement Tuesday.
If the government does not forward the information, the applicants can provide paystubs and W-2s to document their claims, the agency said.