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Two New Directors Appointed to KDOL Leadership Team

by Audri Smith | Feb 19, 2019

Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) Acting Secretary, Delía García, has selected Laurel Klein Searles to serve as Director of Unemployment Insurance and Julie Menghini as Director of Communications/Legislative Liaison for the agency. The appointments are effective immediately.

Acting Secretary García, believes they will be key members to the KDOL Leadership team. “By selecting Julie as the Communications Director and Legislative Liaison, we can draw upon her legislative and constituent services experiences and background in both human resources and communications to better serve Kansas citizens and businesses,” she said. “Laurel’s previous experience at KDOL allows her to hit the ground running as our new Unemployment Insurance Director. I am pleased to welcome her back to KDOL.” Read more here.

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  1. Trevor Carr | Feb 19, 2021
    Everyone at kdol are crooks or just flat out incompetent and i doubt its the latter. I have been waiting almost a year with no benefits and continue to be lied to by this pathetic excuse for a government agency
  2. Vickie Maloney | Feb 18, 2021

    I have called 100's of times a day for the last 4 weeks to get through the phone system to speak to an agent. The last time I was able to get through was January and was told to call back and they would reinstate my claim, now I can't get through and KDOL continues to change their answering system, which makes it harder. I have followed all instructions and created a new account through the new system. It will not allow me to log in it continually states my password is incorrect. I spoke with the Lexus-Nexus agency and they told me my verification was completed I need to speak to KDOL. I spoke to KDOL and was told they couldn't help me I needed to speak to an UI agent. I have called the governor, both representatives and left messages. I have yet to receive any help or speak to anyone. I am losing everything I have and will be homeless if something doesn't happen ASAP.

    Please will someone help me?

  3. Luis Cervantes | Feb 17, 2021
    I am an american Union labor worker, that has been without any income, since December. I have called multiple times a week to all KANSAS unemployment numbers, only to be sent to a machine that does not help me in anyway. The one time i actually had the phone go through, they got my information wrong, i have not been able to login at all because of that, please someone from the department reach out and help me please as this is a hard time for everyone. 
  4. Eva Vang | Feb 04, 2021
    It took me weeks to get in contact with a claim specialist who had to manually file my PEUC application over the phone and filed all of my eligible weekly claims dated back to November 2020. I am not sure if the specialist ever completed my application because it's February and I have not been seen any of my PEUC benefits come through nor have I been able to file my weekly claims online or over the phone. I have even set up the new KDOL account after the implementation was completed and I do not see my PEUC status; my account just keep giving me error messages. I have tried everyday to get in contact with somebody with the contact center and the queue is constantly full all day even when I call exactly at 8am on the dot. Is there even anybody working? Can somebody please help? 
  5. jessica galaviz | Jan 25, 2021
    I feel as many other Kansas citizens that we all left out in the cold I have because of this pandemic am left homeless and with out any income due to lack of communication on the part of the kdol and the contact center I have not received any payments since Dec 8 not only was my holidays bad but I could not pay bills and feel that there is not light at the end of many of are tunnels I have started a job that pays below my pay grade but with no income and no answers on when I can be expected to any kind of pay 
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  7. Amanda Rich | Oct 02, 2020
    Hi, my name is Amanda Rich and I am self employed and was running my own business of over a year, until covid 19 hit and I can no longer do all the things I was previously doing. Clients no longer want to meet up due to being afraid of catching it and so forth. During this time I have lost my residence and have spent everything I had saved. I am now homeless living out of my car and at whits end every single day not knowing how I am going to eat when i am hungry or where I am going to be safe parking my car to get some sleep at night and the mission is full and can only take families with small children at this point. Before all of this I was financially ok. My claim has been under review for 3 months now or longer. I had a fraud hold until they could verify my identity and now I'm being told my claim is under non monitary redetermination due to a job that I worked at for a total of 3 days over a 2 week period. I made more running my own business and do to health reasons I could not perform the duties of the position at the home depot warehouse. I haven't done anything wrong but feel honestly like I am being treated as though I have and I feel like I have been somewhat singled out and being discriminated against. Im out here now homeless and hurting because of something I didn't have any control over nor did I ask for any of this. If I could still be running my business as I had been without filing for unemployment I would be a happy camper and not in tears daily. Im not asking for a handout but I simply do not know what to do at this point. I have already began looking for work and have yet to have a call back and all I keep hearing is try at a later date after this covid 19 thing dies down. Can someone please help me with my claim. Im seriously on the verge of giving up...
  8. Amanda Rich | Oct 02, 2020
    Hi, my name is Amanda Rich and I am self employed and was running my own business of over a year, until covid 19 hit and I can no longer do all the things I was previously doing. Clients no longer want to meet up due to being afraid of catching it and so forth. During this time I have lost my residence and have spent everything I had saved. I am now homeless living out of my car and at whits end every single day not knowing how I am going to eat when i am hungry or where I am going to be safe parking my car to get some sleep at night and the mission is full and can only take families with small children at this point. Before all of this I was financially ok. My claim has been under review for 3 months now or longer. I had a fraud hold until they could verify my identity and now I'm being told my claim is under non monitary redetermination due to a job that I worked at for a total of 3 days over a 2 week period. I made more running my own business and do to health reasons I could not perform the duties of the position at the home depot warehouse. I haven't done anything wrong but feel honestly like I am being treated as though I have and I feel like I have been somewhat singled out and being discriminated against. Im out here now homeless and hurting because of something I didn't have any control over nor did I ask for any of this. If I could still be running my business as I had been without filing for unemployment I would be a happy camper and not in tears daily. Im not asking for a handout but I simply do not know what to do at this point. I have already began looking for work and have yet to have a call back and all I keep hearing is try at a later date after this covid 19 thing dies down. Can someone please help me with my claim. I am seriously on the verge of giving up. 
  9. Robert Fletcher | Sep 30, 2020
    i have been trying to contact ks dol for a couple days with very little help. Someone needs to contact me and resolve my issue before i do something we will all regret 
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  12. Aden Lewis | May 19, 2020
    No updates on why all PUA unemployed are still inactive after a week with no update or information. These people need to stop being paid until those of us that worked our buts off to pay them for years get what we should have had in April after the Federal Government told them to give it to us. 
  13. Kim | Apr 21, 2020
    The KS Department of Labor is a total joke. For one thing, how the hell are you supposed to get in contact with ANYONE? No emails or phone numbers for leadership, every phone line constantly overloaded (WHY WHY WHY do you want me to "call back in an hour" instead of putting me on hold? No, I'm gonna try again right this freaking second because SOMEONE is getting through next and I'm gonna make sure it's me, I'm not waiting for people trying AFTER me who got lucky) then if you DO actually get in contact with anyone, what do you know it's the wrong person, so now you get to wait on hold for 2 hours just for someone ELSE to tell you they can't do anything tangible anyway. What is wrong with you people? Get serious! I don't know anyone who works in food service that go a month just waiting to maybe get paid. It's nearly the end of APRIL, if it took me months to respond to an emergency situation I'd be fired. KDOL needs to step up or get new leadership (again).
  14. Shawness Selders-Cavanaugh | Mar 31, 2020
    very un happy being asking to get account reset since last week still not done. Very unhappy

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