Kentucky sets new guidelines for those seeking unemployment

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) – In an effort to serve the large influx of Kentuckians who are filing for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits as efficiently as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) is implementing new UI filing procedures and starting new local office phone lines for customers.

Beginning today, Kentuckians filing for UI benefits should follow a schedule that pertains to the first initial in their last name as to what day they can file their claim.  The schedule can be found click here.

On March 16, Gov. Andy Beshear directed EWDC to waive the state’s seven-day waiting period to receive UI benefits and the work-search requirement for UI benefits during the state of emergency. 

As a result, the following policy has been activated.

  1. Individual is laid off and files initial claim application to request UI benefits.
  2. After claimant files and requests payment, UI staff conducts eligibility review and processes benefit request concurrently.
  3. If approved, initial payment is authorized for 14 days of benefits.
  4. Claimant may request benefits every two weeks. This process may continue for a maximum of 26 total weeks or until the claimant obtains employment or returns to work.
  5. The weekly benefit amount is based on the worker’s past wages.

All of the new measures have been implemented to help people who have temporarily lost their jobs or are quarantined because of COVID-19.

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(This story was originally published on March 20, 2020)

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