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March 17, 2020 3:03pm

Kentucky makes changes to Unemployment Insurance rules in response to Coronavirus

This week, Governor Beshear issued an executive order to make changes to some of Kentucky’s unemployment insurance rules. Many employers throughout the state are facing the difficult decision of having to layoff or let go of staff due to the economic impact of COVID-19 or because staff may need to self-quarantine. The state is adjusting unemployment rules to ensure that individuals who experience job loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are able to access benefits to help sustain them through this crisis. Two key changes have been made to Kentucky’s unemployment insurance rules:

  • Under current law, an individual who has experienced job loss must wait seven days before filing a claim. The state is now waiving that wait period.
  • Current law also requires individuals who have lost a job to seek employment while receiving benefits. That requirement is temporarily waived.

Eligible applicants will receive benefits based on their previous wages, but the weekly benefit range is between $39 and $552 per week. Recipients may receive benefits for a maximum of 26 weeks. Congress is currently considering legislation to support states with an influx of unemployment benefit claims. Kentucky’s Education and Workforce Cabinet announced that it was seeking to add additional staff to help process benefit claims.

To apply for benefits, individuals should visit the Kentucky Career Center website. See the flyers below for more information.