Individual Filing for Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Unemployment insurance benefits may be available to individuals who are involuntarily unemployed as a result of COVID-19. The amount of the benefit will vary based upon the amount of money that the individual has previously earned, but will be between $122 and $488 per week. At this time, individuals can receive up to a maximum of 26 weeks of benefits.
You can view video tutorials on the application process, what to do after filing an initial claim, and more at www.dol.ks.gov/tutorials.
To file for unemployment insurance benefits, visit www.getkansasbenefits.gov, and click on the button at the top of the page titled EASY.FAST.SECURE. Get Started Here.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program
Individuals filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
PUA is a broad program that expands access to unemployment, in addition to what state and federal law already pay. This includes those who traditionally are not able to get unemployment such as:
- Independent contractors
- “Gig” workers such as Uber and Lyft drivers
- Employees of religious organizations whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19;
- Those who lack sufficient work history to file a claim or have been disqualified for state benefits but who are impacted directly by COVID-19.
To file for PUA, please visit www.pua.getkansasbenefits.gov, and click on the button at the top of the page titled EASY.FAST.SECURE. Get Started Here.
Wage and Hour Questions
The USDOL Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees may face when responding in responding to COVID-19 as they relate to the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act at www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic.