How to File for Unemployment in Kansas

If you’re out of work and looking for unemployment benefits in Kansas, here’s what you need to know about filing a claim.

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Introduction

If you have recently lost your job in Kansas, you may be wondering how to file for unemployment. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to get started.

Unemployment benefits are available to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. To be eligible, you must have worked in Kansas for at least the past 12 months and earned a certain amount of money during that time. You will also need to be actively looking for work and be able to work if a suitable job becomes available.

To file for unemployment, you will need to complete an application online or by mail. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a determination letter in the mail indicating whether or not you are eligible for benefits. If you are eligible, you will need to provide additional information such as your Social Security number and bank account number so that your benefits can be direct deposited into your account.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for unemployment in Kansas, you must first meet certain criteria. For example, you must be a resident of Kansas and you must have lost your job through no fault of your own.

Residency

You must be a resident of the state of Kansas to receive unemployment benefits. You will be asked to provide your mailing address and physical address when you file your claim. You must also be willing and able to work, and be able and available to work full-time.

Work History

In order to qualify for unemployment in Kansas, you must have worked a certain amount of time in the past year and have earned a minimum amount of money. The required work history and earnings depend on the unemployment benefit program for which you are applying. The two programs are the Traditional Unemployment Insurance (TUI) program and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program.

-To qualify for the TUI program, you must have worked at least 20 weeks in the past year and earned at least $1,500 during that time period.

-To qualify for the PEUC program, you must have worked at least 18 weeks in the past year and earned at least $900 during that time period.

Reason for Unemployment

In order to be eligible for unemployment in Kansas, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own. You also must have worked for an employer who paid unemployment taxes and have earned enough wages during a set period of time, called a “base period.” The base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before you filed your unemployment claim.

Applying for Unemployment

Filing for unemployment is a process that allows individuals who have lost their jobs to receive temporary financial assistance. The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) is responsible for handling unemployment claims for residents of Kansas. To file a claim, you must have worked in the state of Kansas within the past 18 months and meet certain other eligibility requirements.

Online

You can apply for unemployment online at the Kansas Department of Labor website. You will need to create an account and provide personal information such as your Social Security number, address, and employment history. You will also need to provide information about your recent job separation, such as whether you were fired or laid off. Once you have completed the online application, you will be able to track the status of your claim.

By Phone

For the fastest and most efficient service, file your unemployment claim by telephone. The number to call is 785-298-6000. When you call, have the following information ready:
-Your social security number
-Your driver’s license or state ID number
-Your complete mailing address and zip code
-Your phone number
-The name, address and phone number of your most recent employer
-The dates you worked for your employer, including the last day worked
-The reason you are no longer working
-A list of the names and addresses of all your employers during the last 18 months

In Person

To file for unemployment in Kansas, you must first complete an initial claim form. You can do this online, by mail, or in person. Once your initial claim is filed, you will be scheduled for an interview with a claims specialist.

If you choose to file for unemployment in person, you will need to visit your local KansasWorks office. You can find your nearest office by visiting theKansas Department of Labor website and entering your zip code into the “Find a Job Center” tool.

When you arrive at the KansasWorks office, you will need to bring:
-A completed Initial Claim Form ( Kansas Department of Labor Form ES-3100)
-Your Social Security card
-Proof of identity (driver’s license, state ID card, passport)
-Your most recent separation notice from your employer OR your most recent pay stubs

Once your initial claim is filed and processed, you will begin receiving benefit payments through direct deposit or a prepaid debit card.

Maintaining Eligibility

To continue to receive unemployment benefits, you must remain able and available to work, and you must make a reasonable effort to find a new job. You must also report any earnings from new employment, and you may be required to participate in re-employment services. If you are approved for unemployment benefits, you will receive a determination letter in the mail that tells you how much you are eligible to receive and for how long.

Available for Work

To collect unemployment benefits in Kansas, you must be available for work. This means that you must be willing and able to work full-time, and that you must not have any restrictions on your ability to work. For example, if you are only available to work part-time or if you can only work certain hours, you will not be eligible for benefits.

Actively Seeking Work

To receive unemployment benefits, you must be actively seeking work. You must make a reasonable effort to find employment and keep a record of your job contacts. You may be asked to provide proof of your job search when you file your weekly claim or during an eligibility review.

The best way to look for work is to visit www.kansasworks.com or call the Job Center nearest you and let them assist you with your job search. You can also use any other means necessary to look for employment, including the Internet, newspapers, or going door-to-door.

In order to remain eligible for unemployment benefits, you must:
-Register for work at www.kansasworks.com (or www.employgeorgia.com if claiming unemployment in Georgia)
-Report all offers of suitable work, including part-time work
-Work and earn wages equal to at least four times your weekly benefit amount if offered full-time suitable employment
-Report all refused offers of suitable employment
-participate in reemployment services if recommended

Reporting Wages

You must report all earnings from each job you work during your benefit year, even if:
-You are working part time,
-You are earning less than your weekly benefit amount, or
-Your earnings are not from covered employment.

Doing so will help you avoid an overpayment and possible fraud charges. You can report your wages in one of three ways:
– via the Online Claim System;
– by calling the TeleClaim Center at 1-800-292-6333; or
– through your Reemployment Assistance office.

Concluding Thoughts

We hope this guide was helpful in explaining how to file for unemployment in Kansas. Remember, if you have any questions, you can always contact the Kansas Department of Labor for assistance.

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