Frequently Asked Questions


KDOL has received guidance from USDOL regarding the Continued Assistance Act program extensions. We are working to implement these programs now. Learn more about the unemployment programs pathways here.


KDOL is currently reviewing the unemployment extension provisions contained in H.R. 133. These extended provisions will provide additional unemployment compensation to unemployed Kansans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They also include new requirements that must be met to qualify to receive benefits from the federal programs outlined within the act.

KDOL is currently awaiting additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) on how to implement these CARES Act extensions in Kansas. The agency will not be able to issue payments under the new program changes until this guidance has been issued, which may take up to two weeks. Existing programs and payments will not be impacted. While the agency waits for that guidance, it is diligently working to build additional capacity within its legacy computer systems to process the revised federal benefits and bring much-needed relief to eligible claimants. Learn more.

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Recent Updates

KDOL Updates Information on Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

As part of the unemployment extension provisions contained in H.R. 133, the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 (Continued Assistance Act), the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) has received guidance from the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) concerning the administration and implementation of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. The program will begin paying out today.

The Continued Assistance Act reauthorizes the FPUC program with a $300 per week additional benefit for claimants who are eligible for at least $1 of their unemployment compensation benefit amount. This reauthorized benefit supplement is provided for weeks of unemployment starting with the week ending Jan. 2, 2021. The last payable week for FPUC is the week ending March 13, 2021.

Read more here.

Update on Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation

As part of the unemployment extension provisions contained in H.R. 133, the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers (“Continued Assistance”) Act of 2020, the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) applied on Dec. 31, 2020 to administer the Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program.

Eligible claimants will receive an additional $100 weekly benefit on top of their weekly benefit amount and the $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefit. Governor Laura Kelly directed KDOL to enroll in the optional program in order to maximize federally available unemployment benefits to eligible Kansans who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more here.

Kansas Department of Labor Reviewing CARES Act Extension Benefits

Topeka – The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) is currently reviewing the unemployment extension provisions contained in H.R. 133. These extended provisions will provide additional unemployment compensation to unemployed Kansans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They also include new requirements that must be met to qualify to receive benefits from the federal programs outlined within the act.

Read more here

Federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program Application Period Expiring December 27

The application period for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Lost Wages Assistance Program (LWA) is set to expire on Dec. 27, 2020. The program is only available to those claimants who were entitled to a minimum of $100 in unemployment benefits from the weeks ending Aug. 1 to Sept. 5, 2020. It is not available to all claimants.

Read more here.