Kansas Unemployment Benefits
Are you physically able to work?
Are you willing to actively look for a job?
Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?
Did you earn at least $3330 in the base period in Kansas?
Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jan 2012 - Mar 2012 to Oct 2012 - Dec 2012
How did you lose your job?
Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?
Were you fired for no fault of your own?
Were you laid off for no fault of your own?
Applying online is the easiest and fastest way to claim benefits. Check for more specific details such as timings and requirements to claim benefits in your state.
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.
Visit UC Center:
You can’t seem to find assistance on call? No worries. Visit one of the UC center and let the specialist help you out. Please note that wait times can be longer but assistance is guaranteed.
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What is the Eligibility Criteria in Kansas?
There are some basic rules for eligibility. Even if you meet some of these rules partially, you should still apply for unemployment because state offices make a reasonable attempt to process your claim, as long as you provide a good justification.
To learn more check unemployment eligibility article
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.Claim your benefits
How to File Your Initial Claim in Kansas?
If You Are Not a United States Citizen
You must give verification that you were legally eligible to work in your state and that you are presently eligible to begin a new job.
How to File Your Weekly Claim?
After you file your application for unemployment benefits, you must start filing your weekly claims. You require filing each week, even though you are:
You can file your weekly claim:
File every week that you want to claim benefits and keep on filing until you go back to work, run out of benefits or stop seeking work. You should claim at least one week before we can make a decision on your eligibility.
How to Claim for an Extension?
If you are presently filing weekly claims for unemployment benefits; carry on filing your weekly claim if you are jobless or working reduced hours. You will be informed by mail of your eligibility for the added benefits.
In case you have been filing weekly claims and are still laid off or working reduced hours, you will have to file an application for these extra benefits online or by telephone. You will be alerted by mail of your eligibility for the additional benefits.
To be eligible for EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits you must:
To be eligible for EB benefits you must:
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.
How Benefits are calculated?
To calculate your weekly benefits amount click here
The minimum benefits amount in Kansas is $111.
The maximum benefits amount in Kansas is $444
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.
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