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Kansas Unemployment Benefit Questions

Can anyone obtain information about my unemployment claim?

It is against the law for the agency to give information about your claim to anyone else, including your spouse, other family members or friends. Therefore, do not ask others to contact the Kansas Unemployment Contact Center for information you need. You may contact the Unemployment Contact Center by phone or by mail. Specify what information you need and be sure to include your Social Security number, name and address and phone number. If you ask for the information by mail, you must sign the request. Mail requests for information to:
Kansas Unemployment Contact Center,
P.O. Box 3539,
KS 66601-3539

When will I be receive my benefits?

Payments are normally paid to debit accounts two business days following the filing and acceptance of your weekly claim. Payments will not always arrive on the same day each week. State or bank holidays or temporary holds pending agency investigations of outstanding issues may delay payments.

Note: You MUST continue to file your weekly claim while an investigation is in progress.

Will other income reduce my benefits?

Vacation, holiday and severance pay may reduce your unemployment benefits when paid under certain conditions. If you receive these types of payments while claiming unemployment benefits, you MUST report this information when you file your initial application or weekly claim for payment.

If you are receiving a pension which is based upon earnings from an employer who is in your base period, then your weekly benefit amount may be reduced.

Examples of pensions that may reduce your benefits include:

• Military retirement
• Union pension
• Private employer pension
• Federal civilian pension
• State, county or city pension

If you are receiving a pension and file online, a “Pension Statement” form will be displayed for you to complete. If filing by phone, you will be instructed to report the pension to a claims specialist. If your pension reduces your weekly benefit amount, you will receive a Notice of Determination to inform you of the reduced amount. Social Security benefits will not reduce your weekly benefit amount.

How Do I Get Paid?

Once you have filed your Kansas Unemployment Claim, you may be probably wondering how you get paid. You will need to log in to file for benefits through the Kansas Department of Labor website. Keep in mind that you must file a weekly claim for each week that you want to collect unemployment benefits.

If you let a week go by without filing a claim, your claim becomes inactive and you will have to refile it. Alternatively, if there is no activity at all on your benefits claim page for 14 days, your claim will also go inactive.

You have two options when it comes to collecting unemployment in Kansas: direct deposit or the Unemployment Benefit card issued by U.S. Bank.

Direct deposit requires you to have a bank account and provide the banking information on the online portal. For some, the direct deposit in their checking account is the most convenient way to get paid. Others prefer to receive their unemployment payments with a debit card. The debit card is funded by the Kansas Department of Labor, but it is not issued or managed by it.

This ReliaCard, issued by U.S. Bank, replaced the unemployment debit card that was being issued by Bank of America until 2001. If you are approved for benefits, your card will be mailed to your home address. You can use it anywhere you would be able to use a VISA or Mastercard, but keep in mind that it is not a credit card.

You can also use the ReliaCard to obtain cash at an ATM or from a bank teller. Keep in mind there is a $1,000 daily limit for withdrawing cash from the card. You should allow 2-3 business days for seeing the funds hit your account

How To Check the Status of Your Payment

To check your card balance, you can call the number on the back of the card or log in to your online banking account. There may be a short delay until your funds are available. For example, if you file a claim on Sunday or Monday, it might be Wednesday or Thursday before funds are issued to the debit card.

What Other Benefits Are Available To Kansas Residents?

There are other helpful benefits offered by the state and federal government for Kansas residents in need.

Kansas Disability Benefits

If you have an injury or illness that prevents you from participating in gainful employment, you may be able to collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and obtain monthly benefits up to $3,000. However, most Kansas disability benefits range from $800 to $1,800.

The ability to collect SSDI is not dependent on your current financial resources, but it is dependent on your previous work history, as eligibility comes from garnering enough work credits over the history of your working life. The amount of disability benefits you receive will reflect how much you’ve paid in FICA taxes, so amounts will vary per person.

Kansas Medicaid

If you are disabled, blind, pregnant, or have a dependent in your home who is a child or disabled, you can qualify for Kansas Medicaid, also referred to as KanCare.

You must also be able to qualify based on your household income. For instance, a family of three with a household income of $54,242 or lower will qualify. KanCare does not charge copays or out-of-pocket expenses. However, not all doctors take this insurance. For those medical providers that do, KanCare covers things like routine doctor’s visits, lab work, prescriptions, surgeries, transportation to appointments, and even some forms of nursing home care.

  1. In the state of Kansas, if I drew a severance check two months prior to ever filing for unemployment do I need to list such severance when I apply/file a claim?

    • Hi, Norma – yes. Kansas requires that when you file your initial claim, you report any separation, vacation, or holiday pay you have received or will receive in the future.

  2. I took a lead position 6 months ago that has gotten way above the normal stress level people can handle. I asked to be demoted to my original position and was denied twice. I was wrote up this back week and verbally not written gave a notice I said I would type something up and give it to them on Monday. I was called by manager about an hour after I left work and was told he was accepting my resignation it to clean my locker out and turn in my badge over the weekend. Not to come in Monday. Does this mean I was fired? And will I be eligible for benefits?

    • Jennifer,

      I am not sure what it means but it certainly looks like you will be eligible to claim UI benefits since they seem to have fired you without any justification. Please call the Unemployment Office for more information.

  3. I worked at a full time position for nearly 12 years. I left this position for a new job. Things do not seem to be going well at the new job, based primarily around politics. I am not a delinquent employee in any way. I have been employed with this new employer for 1 month. If things do not go well, and I get fired for reasons such as, “I wasn’t a good fit for the job,” will I be able to draw unemployment?

    • Marc,

      There is a thin line between the reason you’ve quoted. Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their job due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for advice.

  4. I am 72 and work full time and receive social security. The company I work for has been sold. I do now know if I will have a job after September 30. Can I draw unemployment?

    • Wayne,

      You can be eligible to draw UI benefits along with SS. Please make sure to declare the income from SS at the time of application.

  5. I have been at a company for 7 years in retail. In May I stepped on my cat which has led to being off since May 7th, with severe sciatic. I am currently on disability insurance that I have paid for through my work. My employer said retail may not be the thing for me any more and more or less told me I should think about finding a desk job. My question is if I am not better by the time my disability insurance runs out, do you think I possibly could qualify for unemployment. Thank you, Renee

    • Renee,

      Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health conditions are not considered. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to clarify.

  6. I have worked for my company for 39 years in Kansas. I moved to Arizona this year and was able to continue working full time remotely. They have hired someone to take my place in Kansas and I am being terminated.
    Do I qualify for unemployment? If yes, do I apply for unemployment in Kansas or Arizona?

    • I’ve been at my current full-time position for 7 years. Unfortunately, the company is in financial difficulties, so they’ve been restructuring and down-sizing. Naturally, I’m concerned about my future. In addition, I’ve worked for 4 years part-time one evening per week as an Adjunct Instructor teaching a class at a local Community College. If my full-time employer closes, or lays me off due to lack of work, will I be denied Kansas UI benefits as I teach a class part-time at a school? I understand that you submit your part-time wages with your weekly claims.

    • Linda,

      You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office.

  7. My job with the state of Kansas was phased out Will I be able to get unemployment benefits at the same time I’m getting kpers benefits? If so will my unemployment benefit be reduced?

    • Sherry,

      Please note this is a private forum and we would not be able to communicate your new employment to the authorities. You can simply stop making weekly claims and that should take care of it. Please reach out the Claims Center over the telephone for clarification.

  8. I received a termination payment (lump sum and taxed) from a executive deferred compensation plan. I received the payment 2 months after I resigned and I have been receiving unemployment benefits for the same two month period. Is this considered to be a “pension” payment? Do I need to report it? Will my unemployment benefits be affected?

    • Kristy,

      Temporary employment is generally not eligible since employers do not remit relevant taxes into the system. Please check with your employer or call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  9. I am retired Military (retirement pension $1600 per month), I made $75,000 last year and just laid off. Will Military Retirement affect amount of Unemployment Benefit in my case?

    • Mike,

      The pension received will have a bearing on the UI benefits which includes a possible reduction. To ascertain the nature of the impact, please call the Unemployment Office.

  10. I worked for an information service company in Topeka, Ks for almost 30 years, but in the month of May the CEO of our company flew in from New Jersey (The corporate office is located in New jersey), and we were told they were going to close our office permanently due to economic reasons, and we all were being let go. We are to receive one week of severance for each year of service, then after that ran out, we could apply for unemployment benefits for 14 weeks, then after that ran out we could reapply for another 10 weeks by as told to me by the Vice-Pres. over Human Resources. Is this a true fact or was misleading me, as she should know all the fact related to issue. I have this in printed form, but all my research states it to being not so. Can you clear this matter for me?

    • Natalie,

      After expiry of the “Severance Payout”, you can apply for UI benefits. The number of weeks is determined by multiple factors and cannot be predicted like the V.P did. One can receive “up to” 26 weeks of regular Unemployment Benefits.

  11. I am receiving severance pay, but at a reduced amount over 22 pay periods, instead of normal pay over 11 pay periods. How long should I expect my wait on determination to take? I have received my potential weekly amount, but it is waiting on the Claimant separation paper work as to how much and why I am getting severance.

    • Please wait until the payout is complete and apply for Unemployment Insurance towards the end of it.

      For further questions, please call the Unemployment Office in your state.

  12. Sam – The office will be shutting down and I will be laid off from my position – Do I need to stay in Kansas to collect any benefits ?

    • Not really. You can apply remotely over the phone or the internet.

      You will remain eligible in Kansas as long as you continue looking for employment there.

  13. The project in Kansas that I’m at will be completed in a few months. I have been working at this position for about 4 1/2 years. My question is, Can I receive benefits if I move to Colorado to assist my dad who is getting up in years. I will continue to look for employment in Colorado

    • You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  14. I applied for unemployments at the end of dec 2016 and on 01/16/2017 I received a letter stated I have been of course I sent a letter email version appealing
    that…and still haven’t heard anything…so do I get paid from the day after I was fired or when does pay start…

    • You can continue making weekly claims as per the procedure. Only the payments would be on hold until the Appeals Process is completed.

      Please, call the Claims Center on the phone numbers provided for further information.

  15. My spouse works for the railroad and was transferred from Kansas City to Little Rock, AR and so I gave my boss well over two weeks and in fact stayed an additional 3 weeks to help train my replacement. Obviously I can’t live in Kansas and my spouse in AR so I left my job. My claim was denied and said I left my job for no good cause. Does this mean that my employer submitted something to the dept of labor so that I can not receive unemployment benefits or was this something the dept of labor decided on their own? And if my (previous) employer didn’t respond to my claim would I automatically get benefits? I know some states will automatically approve benefits if the employer fails to reply to the inquiry.

    • You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  16. The business I am currently working for is being sold. The new company has offered me a job, but it’s in another city. If I refuse the job, can I claim benefits.

  17. There are 4 of us, all senior citizens, who have worked for the city a number of years. Our job is being discontinued because the state highway has closed our access road and we cannot meet standards financially in this business, This is no fault of ours. We have just been on minimum wage, Can we file for unemployment?

    • You say that you’re still on “Minimum Wage”. Please explain. If you’re working currently, you will not qualify.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  18. I recently completed my contract with the Navy and am applying for benefits, but am having issues with the search for previous employers because I can’t figure out what to enter in the search. Everything I have tried has returned no results.

  19. I made 70,000 last year I filled out the unemployment form here in Ks.
    It came back that I was eligible for 474.00 for 16 weeks. It also had on the paper work (YOUR PREVIOUS YEAR BEGAN 9-4-2011) Question is why am i not getting 20 or 26 weeks. I’ve been employed for at least 3.5 years since then.

    • Well, it purely depends on the processing team. They will only approve what you qualify for.

      For further clarification, please call the claims center.

  20. I will qualify for the maximum weekly rate but I have a small part time job that pays me 30$ a week how will that affect my unemployment? How much can I make on top of the maximum because unfortunately until I find another job unemployment even at max rate wont pay the bills

    • You can call the Unemployment Office in your state for a precise update.

      You should be declaring the income from your part time job when you apply.

  21. I am currently employed full time, but in a couple of months my job is being outsourced to a new company and I will be required to apply for my job. If i do not apply will I be eligible for benefits?

    • In order to ensure continuity in weekly unemployment benefits, you must apply for jobs and file weekly search reports.

      If you’re not looking for a job, you will not qualify.

        • If you’re required to apply for the same job position with the new employer,you must make an attempt.

          I guess, it will be considered as voluntary resignation otherwise.

          Please provide more details surrounding your question if the above did not answer it.

  22. The company I worked for 15 years has closed. I worked for the new buyers for 1 week and could not handle the stress of the increased work load and the overwhelming mess of the start up of the new owners. I have resigned. Can I file a claim for unemployment benefits? Thank you

  23. If I am fired due to the company point system that deals with attendance am I still eligible for unemployment benefits?

  24. while i am receiving unemployment and i may work approximately 8-16 hours a week, am i still able to continue to apply for benefits. If so, will this just extend my benefits until I have received my maximum allowable due to me?

  25. I was denied unemployment by former employer.I appealed.I was set up with a conference call with my former employer and I with a referee between us.The employer was not present.Will I win my unemployment benefits?

  26. I applied for monetary benefits. and made a claim. what do I do next? and how soon can I expect a payment?

  27. I had worked in Kankakee Illinois thru April 5, 2014, having given my company 30 days notice that i had to move back to Kansas due to family obligations. At that time the company asked me to stay on for two additional months thru May 2014 and work at their Independence Missouri office on an hourly rate. On 4/15/15 after relocating to Shawnee Kansas i was advised by my company that they did not want me to report to work in Independence as previously agreed.

    Do i qualify for unemployment and how do i initiate paperwork if so.

    thank you,
    John Franke

  28. I accepted a job offer. I quit previous job. When I went to orientation, I had to take a strength test. I failed. Now I don’t have a job. Can I get unemployment benefits?

    • If you think you were fired due to no fault of your own, please consider filing for UI benefits.
      I hope you have worked before the current job assignment as qualification depends on previously held jobs as well.

  29. I have been working for this company for 6 months. When I was offered the position, I was told that I would receive certain things such as gas stipend, bonus’s for referrals/admissions etc. Needless to say, once I accepted the position, of course things had changed, ( and I did not get these things in writing, My fault, I have learned my lesson). Since I have been there I have noticed staff being verbally harrassed,intimidated and threatned with “write up’s” or loss of hours. My question is, How much harrassment/threats does a person have to put up with, or better yet how long (years) do you have to prove you are being harrassed/threatened. And what constitutes harrassment or threats. I have went from a size 14 to a size 6-8 in a matter of 6 months. I have been put on high blood pressure medication not to mention the fact that I am stressed beyond belief. I keep notes, all emails and a daily journal. But how long do I subject myself to this. And yes I am looking for employment so I can give notice, but so far I have been unsuccessful in the job market in my career field. I’ve even been applying at Dollar General and Quik-Trips. HELP!!!! How do I prove I am being HARRASSED!!!.

  30. Is holiday pay now considered earned income? In the past I could receive my full unemployment weekly benefit amount even if I received holiday pay during the week. I had to answer yes to the requirement that I had to report to work the day before and the day after to receive the holiday pay.This is during our company’s two week Christmas shutdown. I have been told that this no longer the case and holiday pay will reduce my benefit like vacation pay will. Is this the case?

  31. If I work for a construction company that must layoff individuals during the winter, can I receive benefits if I intend to return to work when it becomes available?

  32. I have been working in a management position for 3 years – it has become obvious I will probably get demoted with a substantial cut in pay as this company does not fire employees so they cannot be qualified for unemployment. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits if I were to quit while I am looking for another job?

  33. If my current job has been outsourced and I no longer work for that company and the outsource company offered me a job a lower pay if I don’t except the job can I still draw my unemployment?

  34. I began working for Olathe Car Sales in Olathe , Kansas on May 1, 2012. On July 15, 2013 I was forced too go on FMLA July 15, 2013 with return expected too be September 1, 2013. August 15th I realized I would need an additional 2 weeks to recover and had my doctor forward appropriate forms to my employer to extend my FMLA, which I did verify were received. On September 2, 2013 I got a phone call telling me the business was being closed and if I needed any personal items still there I needed to come and get them within a day. Accompanied by my wife I went and got them. My question is since the business closed am I able too file on September 15, 2013, the day of my return and if I have not found another job beginning receiving benefits after the 2 week waiting period? Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me. If you need to contact me my number is

    • This is a public website – I deleted your personal information. You can initiate a claim as soon as you are able to work.

    • The claim year associated with 9/12 is about to or has expired. It is possible the claim of 3/13 is a part of the 9/12 claim. It is likely you have just started a new claim and the first week of a claim may be an unpaid waiting week.

  35. I work for a temp company. I have been working for this company but hours have went from 40 to 28 hours a week. I was told that I could apply for unemployment and still work for the company. I would like to apply for this to help me with the incoming in missing. I had talk to the place I work for and they said they don’t see way I can’t..they said if I apply for if they would confirm that I work for the company and that they are slow with work for now..
    Please let me know if I can. It would really help me out a little if I can do this
    Thanks Sharon Branstetter

    • There is never any penalty for applying. If you meet at least the minimum eligibility requirements, you will likely receive benefits.

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