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Important Notice: The Kansas Department of Labor is now accepting applications and weekly claims for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program at www.pua.getkansasbenefits.gov.  PUA is being rolled out in phases with the next phase being payment of the PUA benefits, which is slated to begin by May 25, 2020.

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides an additional $600 weekly payment for unemployment insurance claimants, went live starting Thursday, April 23.  The retroactive payments for prior weeks after the law went into effect on March 29, 2020, began paying out on May 7, 2020.

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The Kansas Department of Labor’s IT system has been struggling due to the heavy load placed upon it by enormous claims volumes. The benefits site, www.GetKansasBenefits.gov, is now accessible, however you may still experience delays when filing your claims.

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Labor Market Report April 2020

IMPORTANT NOTE: This release includes nonfarm jobs and labor force estimates for April 2020. Data collected for this report references the week including April 12th, during a statewide Stay Home order for the State of Kansas in response to COVID-19 that went into effect on March 30th. Additional resources for affected workers and employers may be found at the Kansas Department of Labor’s website: www.dol.ks.gov and www.GetKansasBenefits.gov.

Preliminary estimates reported by the Labor Market Information Services (LMIS) division of the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 11.2 percent in April. This was an increase from 2.8 percent in March and an increase from 3.2 percent in April 2019. Read more here.

Governor Kelly signs new Executive Order as part of ongoing COVID-19 response effort

Governor Laura Kelly yesterday signed Executive Order #20-32 as part of her administrations comprehensive, ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order provides temporary relief from certain restrictions concerning shared work programs.

Read more here.

KDOL announces processing of FPUC back payments

Kansas Secretary of Labor Delía García confirmed that with the recently increased bank limits for payouts, KDOL successfully processed $99,828,060 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) overnight. 

The more than $99 million represents not only the weekly payments due, but the vast majority of back payments that were remaining. Payments should hit bank accounts by Monday or Tuesday at the latest and debit cards could see the money as early as later today or Saturday.

Read more here.

KDOL begins accepting PUA applications online at www.PUA.GetKansasBenefits.gov

Kansas Secretary of Labor Delía García confirmed that Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) began accepting applications this morning. PUA is part of the CARES Act and runs from Jan. 27, 2020, through Dec. 26, 2020. If approved for PUA, you will also receive the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) additional $600 weekly payments. FPUC runs from March 29 through July 25, 2020, when you receive weekly unemployment benefits

Apply online at https://pua.getkansasbenefits.gov/.

Read more here.

$600 Back Payments

The back payments for the FPUC $600 weekly additional benefit began paying out on May 6. The dollar amounts are too high (per limits set by the bank) to pay everyone at once, especially combined with the weekly benefits that are paying out. KDOL will be paying out the payments over the coming days, until it is all paid. Thank you.

If you have returned to work, your retro payment will be pushed out as the pay cap allows, over the coming days.

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