Connecticut Premium Pay Program

*The following notice is for informational purposes only. Fairfield University does not make any representations regarding eligibility and has no role whatsoever in awarding or denying payments. Fairfield cannot advise as to whether an employee should or shouldn’t apply.   

As part of the state budget that passed this legislative session, the Connecticut Premium Pay program was established. The purpose of the program is to provide payment to frontline workers who worked during the pandemic. The program will be will be administered out of the state’s Comptroller’s office and information about applying along with FAQ’s can be found at the link below. Given a high level of interest, a soft launch has been paused but the program should begin accepting applications again at the end of this week. Applicants have until October 1 to apply.  
Under the legislation, the program must provide $200 to $1,000 to eligible applicants, depending on their individual income and the amount of funding available based on the number of eligible applicants. “Eligible applicants” is defined in the legislation as anyone who meets all of the following criteria:
  1. worked as an essential worker for any period between March 10, 2020 until May 7, 2022; “essential worker”, is defined in the legislation as a category for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended, as of February 20, 2021, to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in phase 1a or 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination program (e.g., health care personnel, firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, education sector workers (including higher education), and child care workers); 
  2. is not a federal, state, or municipal employee;
  3. was not employed in a capacity where he or she worked or could have worked from home; and
  4. has an individual income less than $150,000. 

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For more information, contact Human Resources / 203-254-4080 /