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Kentucky Unemployment Benefit Questions

How long and how much money can a person draw in UI benefits?

The maximum amount of benefits payable to any worker within any benefit year shall be the amount equal to whichever is the lesser of:

a)     Twenty-six (26) times his weekly benefit rate; or

b)     One-third (1/3) of his base-period wages, except that no worker’s maximum amount shall be less than fifteen (15) times his weekly benefit rate.

What is the “Waiting Week”?

Due to recent changes in the Unemployment Insurance law you must now serve a one week waiting period per Benefit Year. Your waiting week will always be your first payable week. You will request benefits for a two week period. If you are otherwise eligible, the amount of your first check will only be for one week. Your maximum benefit amount will not change. For more information, please go to

I just moved from California to Colorado and EDD interviewed me again, but I still qualify for it. I explained that I could not find work where I was.

If you are currently receiving benefits in one state and you move to another, you still receive benefits from the original state. You receive benefits from the state in which you worked for the past 18 months. All you have to do is provide your new address to your “original” state of residence and they will mark you as an interstate payee. You then continue to file your weekly certification as normal. You will receive the exact same amount of benefits, it does not change. You are required to seek employment in the new state you moved to.

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Questions & Answers

  1. Ashley says:

    I got a seasonal job in December. I was told that at the end of season there would be many full time positions available. If the company wasnt going to keep you on full time, they would let you know ahead of time. I was never informed that I would be let go. The company has a bad habit of not posting a schedule until a couple days beforehand. And also has a bad habit of changing your schedule, without informing you, a couple hours beforehand. I had no idea that I would be let go and nobody spoke with me about (like they are supposed to). My schedule just ended without any warning. Would I qualify for unemployment?

    • Sam says:

      Yes, you can be eligible to claim UI benefits under such circumstances.

      Please consider applying until you find a new job.

  2. Terry says:

    I worked for a contractor for 7 years. My contract was not renewed in February. The contract was bid out and a different company got the contract back. They contacted me about my previous job and were offering less the half the previous salary and no benefits for the same amount of work load. Can I turn that job down and keep looking for better employment in my area and still be eligible for unemployment benefits while I am looking?

    • Sam says:

      Contract jobs are generally not eligible since employers’ do not pay the relevant taxes into the system.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  3. Elisabeth Tucker says:

    July 31st is my last day with the company. I will receive severance pay. do I wait till my severance is gone. It will be paid out in 8 pay periods and not in a lump sum. when would it be best to apply?

  4. Walter says:

    If I forgot to request my claim can I get a check made out to me instead

  5. Scott McCabe says:

    I have claimed unemployment benefits, but was denied after receiving my first check for lack of attendance at my last job, my lack of attendance was because I was arrested and spent two weeks in jail, causing my last employer to terminate me for what they said was abandonment of my job. But I had no choice and would have never been away from my job, except for being in jail. Is there no appeal process in this matter?

    • Martin says:

      I don’t think appealing will work in your case since the reasons for denying benefits is justified as per the law.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office to explore further options available for you.

  6. Michael Feltner says:

    Can unemployment be filed after 13 years on a job and get fired for being to slow at job because of eye issues. And can SS be drawed at the same time?

    • Martin says:

      Well, UI benefits are only extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons. Please check with the Unemployment Office on the eligibility front.

  7. Morris Turner says:

    I was receiving unemployment benefits for two weeks when I took a temporary job for 8 days. My last day of work was on July 10th 2016. I started a new claim on July 13th. After filing for benefits online, for my first two weeks in waiting I received an message saying I was unable to request my next benefit check until the employer protest period was over. It gave me the date of August 14th before I can request my next benefit check, I waited until the 14th now the system is telling me I have to file an additional claim. When can I expect to receive benefits?

    • Martin says:

      You may call the Claims Center on the phone numbers provided for the precise date of payment. There seems to be an issue with your claim.


    I requested my check on wed 7/13/16, i am getting direct deposit, i was wondering how long it takes for me to receive my check? one week? two weeks?

    • Martin says:

      The first claim should not take more than a week, provided all the paperwork is in place. Direct Deposit happens even earlier.

      Please call the Claims Center for an update if you do not hear within this period.

  9. Ginny says:

    If I work at a school but been on films and been released to work , but now school is out for summer am I eligible for unemployment(as in previous summer’s)?

  10. Tiffany says:

    Do I need to be claiming benefit checks prior to receiving an approval or denial letter in KY?

  11. Nathan Belcher says:

    I remember a woman laid off at the Dollar Store drawing unemployment for at least 18 months. Now all of us laid off coal miners only get it for 12 weeks. What a load of shite.

    • Martin says:

      The number of weeks granted depends on multiple factors which includes your eligibility.

      If there is ambiguity, please call the claims center for clarification.

  12. Larry Strange says:

    We are a TN employer and have a former employee that was terminated for lack of work. The former employee relocated to TN from MI to take the position. The former employee still resides in TN but filed for unemployment insurance benefits in KY.

    Is this allowed?

    • Martin says:

      If he is employed and still drawing UI benefits on the basis of the previous job, please report it since its fraudulent.

  13. sheila begley says:

    I was laid off due to state budget cuts at school where I worked. I have been on unemployment for 6 mths and and received my last ck for that time period. I have worked almost my whole life, I was told eligibility for benefits is 18 mths. am I not able to continue drawing benefits until I get called back to my job which will not be until the school year 2016. I am promised a position in the next school year. I am confused, I contacted local unemployment office and did not get any answers only said no extensions given I am not asking for extension???? please advise

  14. sheree sapp says:

    I applied almost 4 weeks ago and I’m still getting a message saying I have been credited. How long does it take. I have been to the local office still no answer is there another number I can call to find out what is going on

  15. James says:

    I called in my first unemployment check 11/18/15.. So when should I receive it. Check is coming by mail not direct deposit .

    • Martin says:

      Initial claim takes up to 10 days to be processed and issued.

      Please wait and follow up if you do not receive within the stipulated timelines.

  16. Leigh Steele says:

    I am drawing unemployment benefits and have taken a job,but this job is not working out. Have only worked 28 hours. Can I still go back to drawing unemployment?

  17. kelli ruehl says:

    Worked at Trihealth in Ohio for 4-5 months since May 20,2015 to 9/15/15. I was recently lent go from my position. Who do I file with KY or Ohio

  18. Tammy says:

    If I have an independent contractor that no longer works at my business, either because she is fired or decides to walk out, can she put in and receive unemployment benefits?

    • Martin says:

      Contract workers are not generally eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

  19. Ken Leeds says:

    Do I have to claim acured vacation and severance pay on my unemployment?

  20. Rebecca Spanyer says:

    I have worked at a community bank for 8 years. July 4, 2013, my son died suddenly and I have been off for a nervous breakdown and 2 surgeries, I have exhausted my FMLA except for 12 days. I have to have another surgery and my employer said that I can not take off for going to the doctor, etc….my attendances has been bad due to all the events of the year. Today I was put on final written warning. Am I eligiblle for benefits if I go ahead and resign?

    • Adrian says:

      Unfortunately,the UI program does not consider personal reasons as an exception.

      Voluntary reasons are generally not a qualifier.

  21. John says:

    I am going to get laid off from work in a couple of weeks. I am 62 years of age and probably going to file for social security retirement. can I draw unemployment insurance in addition to SS retirement?

    • Sheila says:

      I will be laid off next month. I am eligible for the maximum benefit of $415/week. I am 63. Can I draw both SS and unemployment?

      • Martin says:

        Please call the claims center of the labor dept in your state for more information.

        Some states allow provision of both.

  22. Jessica says:

    In Kentucky, if my employer suddenly cut my hours from full time to part time, can I collect unemployment for the lost wages? If so, how do I go about this?

  23. loulou says:

    will i be able to claim my benifits after dec 28?

  24. jamie musick says:

    I am currently employed at excel mining. I was given notice of my lay off, lay off date is dec 02. they have mines in other states. if they offer me a job at one of those mines, I would have to move there. would I have to take the job?

  25. Jean says:

    If u worked for a temp agency and you are still with that agency but you had to quit the job they sent you on, is that separation from employment, even though you’re not working at the employer that the temp agency sent you to, but you’re still employed with the temp agency

  26. sharee browning says:

    I filed my request for unemployment benefits on wed. August 14th and did and it accepted my two week dates but I have not gotten my money and the automated system said a credit was made but no check was cit what do I need to do to get my benefits

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