Facts About Reasonable Assurance of Employment

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What is reasonable assurance?

Reasonable assurance is a written or verbal agreement by the employer that the employee will perform services in the same or similar capacity during the next academic year, term or remainder of a term. This agreement can be written, verbal or implied, and does not have to be the same school or educational service agency.

Reasonable assurance does not exist if the conditions of the position offered in the next academic period substantially differ from the terms and conditions of the position in the prior term.

In the event employment is not available at the end of the break period, and the claimant was given reasonable assurance before the break, the claimant may be eligible for retroactive payments. Some of the eligibility requirements to receive retroactive payments include but are not limited to:

  • Filed weekly claims throughout the break period
  • Remained available and physically able to work during the break
  • Conducted weekly work searches during the break
  • The claimant notifies the Department of Labor as soon as possible when it is clear the claimant will not be returning to work

If all the eligibility requirements are not met, retroactive benefits may be denied. However, an application may be filed requesting benefits going forward from the application date.

School employees and educators may be entitled to collect unemployment insurance but have a different criteria to determine eligibility for unemployment insurance. This video provides information on who is considered a school employee, how is eligibility determined, when and how do I apply for benefits and more. Click here for video transcript.

Reasonable Assurance School Employees

Reasonable Assurance - School Employees

School employees and educators may be entitled to collect unemployment benefits but have different criteria for determining eligibility.

Who is considered a school employee?

For unemployment purposes, a school employee is a person who works for or provides services for an educational institution or an educational service agency that contracts work to schools.

A professional school employee is one who performs in an instructional, research or principal administrative capacity, such as a teacher, principal, coach, etc.

All other school employees are considered to be nonprofessional, such as custodians, cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, teacher’s aides, crossing guards, bus drivers, etc.

How is eligibility determined?

To qualify for benefits, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be unemployed when the application is filed
  • Earned sufficient wages in employment that is covered by Kansas Unemployment Security Law
  • Be unemployed through no fault of the individual

School employees do not generally qualify for benefits during:

  • scheduled breaks in the school year
  • between school years or terms if they have a contract or reasonable assurance of returning to work in the same or similar capacity in the next term

When do I apply for unemployment benefits?

It is important to apply as soon as possible; a claim is effective the same week that the application is filed. An application cannot be completed until the job has ended or the hours available to work have been reduced.

How can I file a claim for unemployment?

You can file your claim online at www.GetKansasBenefits.gov or by phone:

Kansas City ............................................ (913) 596-3500
Topeka ................................................... (785) 575-1460
Wichita ................................................... (316) 383-9947
Toll free outside these areas ................. (800) 292-6333