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Legal help and resources during the Coronavirus crisis.

Work and School

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) released guidelines for businesses that will be allowed to reopen during Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan. Also see: Workplace Rules for Essential Employers. As of June 17, certain businesses have been allowed to reopen for Phase 2.

You have been called back to work… Now what? Workers across CT are facing a hard dilemma about how to balance risks to their health and livelihood with employer requests that they return to work.

On April 1, 2020, a new law went into effect that requires some employers to give their employees paid leave for reasons related to COVID-19. This law will remain in place until December 31, 2020.

Most state courthouses and clerk’s offices have re-opened to the public. If you have questions about the status of your case or about visiting the court in person, you can call the court where your case is being heard and follow the instructions to speak with a court staff person, email questions to a Court Service Center staff person, or look up your case online.

This article answers some commonly asked questions about education during the Coronavirus crisis, and includes information for parents of students who get special education services.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act contains several important paid leave provisions related to COVID-19.

Read this page to learn about laws that protect farmworkers, information about where to get legal help, and information about COVID-19, workers’ compensation, minimum wage, and federal farmworker protections.

Avoid all unnecessary events, travel, or interactions. Stay at home as much as you can. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Always wear a cloth face mask. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.

If you have a fever or cough, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Keep track of your symptoms. If you have one of the emergency warning signs (including trouble breathing), get medical attention right away. Call 9-1-1 if necessary and tell them you may have COVID-19

Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone and internet. Eligible customers will get up to $9.25 toward their bill. Learn more about Lifeline.

Get the latest information for Connecticut residents on the COVID-19 outbreak, including checks from the government, court access, DSS benefits, health insurance, drivers's licenses, housing, foreclosures, immigration, utilities, unemployment, and more.

“Public Charge Rule” is a test applied by USCIS (immigration) when someone is applying for a green card for the first time or applying for admission to the U.S. to make sure they will not become a burden on the government.

The Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program provides an additional $300 per week in benefits to anyone who has been unemployed since 8/1/2020 who is getting at least $100 in unemployment benefits (counting the $15 per dependent dependency allowance) under any unemployment benefit program. The worker must self-certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

You may be eligible to collect unemployment benefits if your employer terminated you, furloughed you, or laid you off; you are self-quarantining; or you are the primary caregiver for children whose school is closed.

Delays in education are going to be inevitable. Families should consult their school district's website. Districts are putting distance learning into place as quickly as possible, but it may look different in each district.

Get help from 2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1 or go to 211ct.org for help with services in your community.

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Status of State Courts during COVID-19

Most of the state's courthouses and clerk's offices have reopened. Get information about courthouses during COVID-19.

Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut is open to serve you! Call 1-800-453-3320, learn about our services, or apply for legal help online.
The State’s Temporary Rental Housing Assistance Program (TRHAP) will reopen on Monday, October 26, 2020. Get more information on the TRHAP website.

Work and School

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) released guidelines for businesses that will be allowed to reopen during Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan. Also see: Workplace Rules for Essential Employers. As of June 17, certain businesses have been allowed to reopen for Phase 2.

You have been called back to work… Now what? Workers across CT are facing a hard dilemma about how to balance risks to their health and livelihood with employer requests that they return to work.

On April 1, 2020, a new law went into effect that requires some employers to give their employees paid leave for reasons related to COVID-19. This law will remain in place until December 31, 2020.

Most state courthouses and clerk’s offices have re-opened to the public. If you have questions about the status of your case or about visiting the court in person, you can call the court where your case is being heard and follow the instructions to speak with a court staff person, email questions to a Court Service Center staff person, or look up your case online.

This article answers some commonly asked questions about education during the Coronavirus crisis, and includes information for parents of students who get special education services.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act contains several important paid leave provisions related to COVID-19.

Read this page to learn about laws that protect farmworkers, information about where to get legal help, and information about COVID-19, workers’ compensation, minimum wage, and federal farmworker protections.

Avoid all unnecessary events, travel, or interactions. Stay at home as much as you can. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Always wear a cloth face mask. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.

If you have a fever or cough, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Keep track of your symptoms. If you have one of the emergency warning signs (including trouble breathing), get medical attention right away. Call 9-1-1 if necessary and tell them you may have COVID-19

Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone and internet. Eligible customers will get up to $9.25 toward their bill. Learn more about Lifeline.

Get the latest information for Connecticut residents on the COVID-19 outbreak, including checks from the government, court access, DSS benefits, health insurance, drivers's licenses, housing, foreclosures, immigration, utilities, unemployment, and more.

“Public Charge Rule” is a test applied by USCIS (immigration) when someone is applying for a green card for the first time or applying for admission to the U.S. to make sure they will not become a burden on the government.

The Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program provides an additional $300 per week in benefits to anyone who has been unemployed since 8/1/2020 who is getting at least $100 in unemployment benefits (counting the $15 per dependent dependency allowance) under any unemployment benefit program. The worker must self-certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

You may be eligible to collect unemployment benefits if your employer terminated you, furloughed you, or laid you off; you are self-quarantining; or you are the primary caregiver for children whose school is closed.

Delays in education are going to be inevitable. Families should consult their school district's website. Districts are putting distance learning into place as quickly as possible, but it may look different in each district.