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CALL: Toll-free number, if you live outside the local calling area: (800) 292-6333. Local numbers: Kansas City Area: (913) 596-3500, Topeka Area: (785) 575-1460, Wichita Area: (316) 383-9947.

Weekly Cliams Numbers
Monday – 12:00 a.m. to Midnight
Tuesday through Friday – 7:00 a.m. to Midnight
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to Midnight
Sunday – 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and Noon to Midnight

Kansas City Weekly Claim Line: (913) 287-6913
Topeka Weekly Claim Line: (785) 296-4337
Wichita Weekly Claim Line: (316) 269-0633
Note: There is no toll-free number for weekly claims.

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State Name: Kansas

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Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: Kansas (KS)
    Phone Number: Toll-free number, if you live outside the local calling area: (800) 292-6333. Local numbers: Kansas City Area: (913) 596-3500, Topeka Area: (785) 575-1460, Wichita Area: (316) 383-9947.

    Weekly Cliams Numbers
    Monday – 12:00 a.m. to Midnight
    Tuesday through Friday – 7:00 a.m. to Midnight
    Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to Midnight
    Sunday – 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and Noon to Midnight

    Kansas City Weekly Claim Line: (913) 287-6913
    Topeka Weekly Claim Line: (785) 296-4337
    Wichita Weekly Claim Line: (316) 269-0633
    Note: There is no toll-free number for weekly claims.

    File Online: https://www.uibenefits.dol.ks.gov/
    Major Towns: Wichita, Overland Park, Kansas City, Topeka, Olathe, Lawrence, Shawnee, Manhattan, Lenexa, and Salina

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Kansas

    Kansas Unemployment Questions


    What is the State Extended Benefits Program?
    The State Extended Benefits Program is designed to provide additional benefits to unemployed Kansans during periods of high unemployment. The program becomes effective once the state’s average seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reaches 6.5 percent or higher for three consecutive months. Under the program, individuals who exhaust their regular unemployment benefits and, in this case, any benefits through the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, may qualify for up to 13 additional weeks of benefits.

    Am I eligible for state extended benefits?
    To be eligible for state extended benefits, you must meet the following criteria:
    o Exhausted regular state unemployment insurance benefits
    o Exhausted original EUC benefits
    o Exhausted Tier II EUC benefits
    o If your Tier II EUC benefits exhausted after Nov. 22, 2009, you must also have exhausted Tier III EUC benefits prior to receiving state extended benefits
    o Not eligible for a new state unemployment insurance claim in any state or in Canada
    o Currently unemployed or working less than full time

    What are extended benefits and the Emergency Unemployment Compensation 08
    (EUC08) program? Extended benefits are additional unemployment insurance benefits that are available to unemployed workers when they have exhausted their regular UI benefits. Extended benefits programs are enacted during periods of high unemployment. The EUC08 extended benefits program is a federally funded emergency program providing much needed help for many Kansans and their families while they continue to look for work. Effective July 6, 2008, the President approved up to 13 weeks of EUC08 benefits to unemployed workers. On Nov. 21, 2008, the President signed an extension into law, adding up to seven additional weeks of extended benefits for Kansas workers. This brings the total maximum EUC08 benefit to 20 weeks in Kansas. The first week for which the extension benefits could be paid was the week beginning November 23, 2008.

    Who can apply for EUC08 extended benefits?
    The EUC08 program extends UI benefits to those who have exhausted their regular UI benefits. If eligible, applicants could receive up to 20 additional weeks of UI benefits. Eligible workers include those who:
    o Have filed a valid unemployment (UI) claim and their most recent benefit year ended on or after May 1, 2007
    o Have exhausted all regular UI benefits
    o Have no rights to regular unemployment compensation
    o Have had:(1) earnings from covered employment equal to or greater than 1.5 times the wages earned during the highest wage quarter, (2) 40 times the weekly benefit amount or (3) 20 weeks of full-time insured employment or the equivalent in insured wages in the base period of the most recent entitled claim
    o Are fully or partially unemployed on or after July 6, 2008
    o Are legally authorized to work in the United States
    o Meet all regular unemployment eligibility criteria such as being ready, willing and able to work



    Kansas unemployment benefits eligibility criteria

    You are not eligible for unemployment benefits if you voluntarily quit your job without good cause, effective the day after your separation, and continuing until you become re-employed and have insured earnings of at least three times your weekly benefit amount.

    You may still be eligible if you:
    o Quit due to illness or injury upon the advice of a licensed and practicing health care provider.
    o Quit temporary work to return to your regular full-time employer.
    o Quit to enlist in the armed forces of the United States, but were rejected or delayed from entry.
    o Quit due to working conditions hazardous to your physical, mental or moral well being.
    o Quit due to unwelcome harassment by the employer or another employee.
    o Quit to accept better work.
    o Quit because the employer requested that you violate an ordinance or statute.
    o Quit due to a violation of the work agreement.
    o Quit due to a personal emergency.
    o Quit due to the voluntary or involuntary transfer of your spouse from one job to another.
    o Quit to enter training approved under the Federal Trade Act of 1974.
    o Quit due to circumstances resulting from domestic violence.
    For details concerning the 12 exceptions, you may obtain a copy of K.S.A. 44-706 (a) online at http://www.kslegislature.org

    After completing a temporary job assignment, you may be disqualified if you fail to request an additional assignment on the next workday if required by the employment agreement.


Questions & Answers

  1. gingerb says:

    My company has notified us that due to bankruptcy we will no longer be paid after September 9. Of course I am looking for a new job now, but is there anything else I can do now to be best prepared to step into unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      If you lose the job, you can apply for Unemployment Insurance. Otherwise, please call the Unemployment Office in your state to ascertain if they offer compensation for loss of wages.

  2. Angie says:

    I have to quit my job to be able to go to school full time for the degree i am pursuing, will I qualify for unemployment benefits? There is no physical way to still work where I am at and take the required courses to stay in the program.

  3. Jenny says:

    My husband just found out he has a brain tumor and had surgery to remove. He builds houses and is on a restriction for lifting and heights. Can he collect unemployment during this restriction period where he can not work.

    • Martin says:

      Unfortunately, he must be able and available for work to be able to collect.

      Personal reasons such as health are not considered.

  4. curtis musick says:

    In January I had a total knee replacement and have had a lot of problems and still am. I left my job because I knew I could not perform my daily tasks because it required standing and lifting for long periods. Am I eligible for unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health are generally not considered.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state by calling them.

  5. Christina says:

    I worked for a small family owned co, and my boss and I ended up disagreeing about who was reposible for paying a bill work related. He bullied me into paying it, and when I later emailed him telling him how I felt, he somehow construed my disagreement as my resignation and termed me. Since he had used what was a non-solicite agreement into a non compete and used it like a club to keep me unemployed and not working for a competitor. I truly have tried to find work, and its been 4 months and just now even applying for UI benefits, that said, will I be turned down since he says I resigned? I was there over 18 months and pretty much built the division from the ground.

    • Martin says:

      Well, you can ask for an adjudicator in case they deny UI benefits on the grounds of feedback from your employer.

      Make sure, you have a strong case with good paperwork to prove. Best Wishes !

  6. Kerri says:

    How much extra income can you earn ( PRN, temp or part time work) while on unemployment seeking full time work and not have it affect your benefits.

  7. Jenifer says:

    If employer is offering settlement due to retaliation. Shouldn’t UI benefits be granted? MY daughter also was retaliated against and received her settlement…Retaliation is prohibited so employee should take all hands down correct?

  8. Debbie says:

    My daughter was laid off with severance. We understand she must wait until the severance runs out before she can collect UI. Our question is can she work on her Master’s Degree while looking for a job and still collect? She will be taking degree classes online.
    Thank you.

    • Martin says:

      I guess she should be able to as long as the course does not hamper her chances of dedicating time for the job once she gets it.

  9. Crystal says:

    I live in KS, last employer (of 3 months, who terminated my employment) is in MO, prior employers within last 2 years have been in KS. Which state would I file for UI?

  10. Denise says:

    I was laid off December 4th and getting 12 weeks separation package. Why can’t I get approved for unemployment? Same thing happened in 2013 and I was able to collect. My separation check is so much lower than my regular check was. I live in Kansas.

  11. Rachel says:

    can a seasonal employee receive unemployment benefits in Kansas?

    • Martin says:

      Seasonal Employees are generally not eligible to receive unemployment due to their obvious nature of work.

      Please inquire further with the labor dept in your state.

  12. Teresa says:

    I am going to be laid off. I went to school from 2011 to 2015 (May) and have been working for a temp agency since June. Since I had not worked for 4 years, how does that work with unemployment?

  13. linda grice says:

    is it possible to get a eligibility statement that is needed for a possible employed from april 2010, if so how do go about getting it. I have to have it by close of business tomorrow.

  14. mark says:

    I live in kansas, but I have worked for a company in Nebraska. I just got laid off. Who do I file unemployment with Nebraska or Kansas?

  15. Linda says:

    I have a question, I was laid off, do to plant shutdown, the employer is paying our salary for 8 weeks, can I still apply for unemployment benefits? Or I need to wait after those 8 weeks?

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