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March 26, 2020 10:54am

(UPDATED) Most recent updates on changes to Kentucky’s unemployment rules

As more and more Kentuckians are losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rules for unemployment insurance and Medicaid are changing rapidly in Kentucky. GLI has compiled a list of key changes, other important policies, and resources that employers need to know about as they work with their employees during this difficult time.

See also: New Kentucky Procedures for Filing Unemployment Claims

This list is current as of March 26, 2020. 

  • New procedures for filing for benefits have been implemented. Individuals are asked to call on specific days of the week based on the first letter of their last name. Read more about those procedures here.
  • The requirement that an individual must wait seven days after losing their job to file for benefits has been waived. Read more here.
  • The requirement that an individual must be actively seeking employment has been waived. Read more here.
  • Individuals typically not covered by unemployment insurance can now file. Examples include self-employed, independent contractors, freelance workers, substitute teachers, and childcare workers employed by religious affiliated organizations and non-profits.
  • Those who left their job for “good cause” because of reasonable risk of exposure (self-quarantine) or due to caring for a family member affected by the virus are now eligible.
  • Employers with 50 employees or more should use the Mass E-Claim IF they are laying off 15 employees or more. Read more here and here.
  • Individuals who have lost their job due to COVID-19 should apply for Medicaid benefits by calling the Kentucky Healthcare customer service line at 855-459-6328 or contact an application assister through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange website. Read more here.
  • Kentucky Career Center Website