Frequently Asked Questions

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If you submitted an unemployment insurance claim for any of the weeks ending Aug. 1, 2020 through Sept. 5, 2020, you may be eligible for additional funds under the Lost Wages Assistance program. The Lost Wage Assistance program is funded by FEMA to provide $300 per week to supplement unemployment benefits to eligible claimants.

For KDOL to determine your eligibility to receive these funds, you must first self-certify that you are unemployed or partially unemployed because your work or workplace was directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. When you log in to your account, you will be directed to the LWA self-certification screen. There, you will be directed to click ‘yes’ or ‘no’ regarding eligibility due to COVID-19. You will only have to self-certify once. You can also call our Unemployment Contact Center to self-certify with one of our customer service representatives. KDOL recommends that you complete your LWA self-certification as soon as possible.

Second, your calculated weekly benefit amount must be at least $100 from specific unemployment compensation programs and you do not report wages greater than or equal to your weekly benefit amount. For a listing of these programs, click here.

If you have questions about the LWA program, please visit this frequently asked question page linked here

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Recent Updates

Governor Laura Kelly Announces Intent to Apply for FEMA Unemployment Funds

Governor Laura Kelly announced her administration’s intent to apply for the Lost Wages Assistance program (LWA). The program is limited in scope and, due to federal restrictions, will only be available to those who are receiving at least $100 in unemployment benefits.

Read more here.

KDOL Extends Call Center Hours

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) today announced that the agency will extend its call center hours for limited operations, including evenings and Saturdays. Weekday hours will be 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., beginning Monday, August 24. Saturday hours will be from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Read more here Availability Update

Beginning Tuesday, August 4, in an effort to improve our website and reduce lag time for users, we are adjusting the time when nightly claims processing will begin.

Following are the times that the website will be available for users to apply for benefits and file weekly claims:
• Sunday from noon to Monday at 9:15 p.m.
• Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.
• Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday

Extended Benefit (EB) program now available

The Extended Benefits (EB) program has officially launched.

This program is an additional benefit extension available for those who have exhausted their regular benefits AND their PEUC benefits. Those who are currently eligible for this program have already been notified via email with instructions on how to apply.

Apply for EB:

How to apply for EB: