COVID-19 Response Resources

Kansas Department of Labor


The Kansas Department of Labor recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on employers and workers alike. We are here to assist as we tackle this challenge together. We will continue to update this web page with available resources and contact information as it becomes available.


For the latest information on the
COVID-19 Coronavirus, go to 

http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm





Employers

File by Spreadsheet
www.kansasemployer.gov/uitax/Tax/LayoffSelect.aspx
File by Spreadsheet Fact Sheet

Shared Work Program
www.dol.ks.gov/employers/shared-work-program



Workplace Safety
First and foremost, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of Kansas employers and workers.  The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) provides practical guidance on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osha/osha20200309.

OSHA also has a COVID-19 webpage with numerous valuable resources, which can be accessed at www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/.

Shared Work
Businesses may be exploring reducing production as a result of supply chain challenges related to COVID-19.  The Shared Work Program is an excellent tool to use in lieu of a temporary, total layoff of employees. It allows for partial work week and partial unemployment benefits to employees. To participate, normal weekly work hours for employees must be reduced by 20% (no more than 40%) and apply to at least 10% of employees.

For more information, visit www.dol.ks.gov/employers/shared-work-program or email KDOL.SharedWork@ks.gov.

Spreadsheet Filing for Unemployment Insurance
Some businesses may be forced to temporarily lay off employees due to COVID-19.  Those employers can assist their employees with filing an application for Unemployment Benefits. This process allows the employer to submit the application for unemployment insurance benefits for employees who are impacted by a layoff due to COVID-19.  Employers who utilize this option will have the ability to communicate directly with the Employer Relations Administrator instead of waiting to speak with a representative at the Unemployment Contact Center. Additionally, instead of receiving an Employer Notice for each employee that files for unemployment insurance benefits, the employer will receive one listing of all claims filed off the spreadsheet.

To learn more, contact:
KDOL.UIEmployerQuestions@ks.gov

or Visit
www.kansasemployer.gov/uitax/Tax/LayoffSelect.aspx

Workers

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 16 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.

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.

Other Important Resources for Those Impacted by COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control (CDC),
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm

Kansas Department for Children and Families resources for displaced workers:

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
TEFAP provides free USDA commodities to households with income below 130% of the federal poverty level.

Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP food assistance is a monthly benefit which allows individuals and families to purchase food for themselves and their families.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
TANF cash assistance provides a monthly benefit to low-income families with children to help them pay for basic needs, including shelter, utilities, diapers and transportation.

Child Care Assistance
Child care assistance provides a monthly benefit to working families to help pay all or part of their child care expenses.




additional resources and executive orders



COVID-19 Response Resources News Release (3/13/2020)

Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Seguro de Desempleo y COVID-19 Preguntas Frecuentes

Executive Order No. 20-03 - Extending states of local disaster emergency relating to COVID-19 

Executive Order 20-04 - Temporarily Prohibiting Mass Gatherings to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

Executive Order No. 20-05 - Temporarily Prohibiting Utility and Internet Disconnects

Executive Order No. 20-06 - Temporarily prohibiting evictions and foreclosures 

Executive Order 20-07 - Temporarily closing K-12 schools to slow the spread of COVID-19 

Executive Order 20-08 - Temporarily expanding telemedicine and addressing certain licensing requirements to combat the effects of COVID-19

Executive Order 20-09 - Conditional and temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Executive Order 20-10 - Rescinding Executive Order 20-06 and temporarily prohibiting certain foreclosures and evictions

Executive Order 20-11 - Temporarily requiring continuation of waste removal and recycling services

Executive Order 20-12 - Drivers' license and vehicle registration and regulation during public health emergency

Executive Order 20-13 - Allowing certain deferred tax deadlines and payments during the COVID-19 pandemic

Executive Order 20-14 - Temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more people to limit the spread of COVID-19 and rescinding Executive Order 20-04

Executive Order 20-15 - Establishing the Kansas Essential Function Framework for COVID-19 response efforts