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Lamont's Executive Order 7UU Clarifies Standard for Determining Suitable Work for Purposes of Unemployment

Posted by Robin B. Kallor | Jun 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

Lamont's June 1, 2020 Executive Order clarified the standard for determination of suitable work. Specifically, his order governs claims submitted covering May 17 through July 25 and amends Section 31-236-5 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies to read, “In determining whether or not work offered is suitable for an individual, the Administrator shall consider the degree of risk to the individual's health or, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the health of a member of that individual's household. In determining the degree of risk, the Administrator may consider the individual's or household member's health, his or her physical capabilities, the physical and mental requirements of the job, working conditions and the existence of any medical documentation concerning the individual's limitations. Where an unreasonable risk to the individual's health or, due to COVID 19, the health of a member of that individual's household is established, the Administrator shall find the work to be unsuitable for the individual.”

This seems to suggest that employers will not be disqualified for unemployment or lose their benefits if they decline work due to their being in a high risk group or that of a member of the individual's household.

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