Kansas Unemployment Eligibility
Updated : September 29th, 2020
Loosing job will not entitle you for benefits and unemployment compensation is not a right. Please understand that you will have to establish eligibility to qualify for benefits and later you have to fulfill weekly claim eligibility requirements to receive your benefit amount.
In order to claim benefits, you need to have sufficient money during your “base year.” The base year is the first 4 quarters of the last five completed quarters at the time your claim is filed. The money you made throughout your base year decides, in part, if you can obtain UC and how much you can receive. And, you have to have been working at a job that’s covered by UC Law of Kansas.
Unemployment Compensation is for individuals who lost a job because of something that was not their fault. If you are jobless as your employer had to make cutbacks, went out of business, close an office or something you could not control, it’s probable that you will be entitled to receive unemployment compensation.
If you are jobless because you quit, you might not be entitled for unemployment benefits. In case you were fired from your company, you might be unable to receive unemployment compensation.
Finally, you must be able and ready to come back to work to claim unemployment compensation. You will also have to keenly seek work during each week that you claim UC benefits.
Can I attend school and receive benefits?
The following conditions will determine your eligibility:
• Attending classes or training on a schedule that prevents you from being available for employment will make you ineligible for unemployment benefits.
• Attending school or training in the evening or on weekends will not make you ineligible for benefits, but still must be reported to a claims specialist.
• Under certain circumstances, your classes or training may be certified as “approved training.” Training must be full–time, vocational or technical in nature and short–term less than two years) to be considered “approved training.”
If you qualify for “approved training,” you will be eligible for benefits and the requirement to seek work will be waived during the time you are in school or training and making satisfactory progress toward the completion of the training.
• Your benefits cannot be extended beyond your original employment benefits eligibility period, even if your schooling continues after your benefits have run out.
• If you are not sure whether your training qualifies for “approved training” certification, or if you wish to file for approved training, submit the “School Attendance/Approved Training Application” form that is available on www.getkansasbenefits.gov.
Can I get benefits if I quit work voluntarily?
You are not eligible for unemployment benefits if you voluntarily quit your job without good cause.
You may still be eligible if you:
• Quit due to illness or injury upon the advice of a licensed and practicing health care
• Quit temporary work to return to your regular full–time employer.
• Quit to enlist in the armed forces of the United States, but were rejected or delayed from
• Quit due to working conditions hazardous to your physical, mental or moral well being.
• Quit due to unwelcome harassment by the employer or another employee.
• Quit to accept better work.
• Quit because the employer requested that you violate an ordinance or statute.
• Quit due to a violation of the work agreement.
• Quit due to a personal emergency.
• Quit due to the voluntary or involuntary transfer of your spouse from one military job to
• Quit to enter training approved under the Federal Trade Act of 1974.
• Quit due to circumstances resulting from domestic violence.
I was fired. Am I eligible to receive benefits?
You are not eligible for unemployment benefits if you are discharged (fired) for misconduct connected with the work, 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.
• “Misconduct” is defined as a violation of a duty or obligation reasonably owed the
employer as a condition of employment.
• “Gross misconduct” is defined as extreme, willful or wanton misconduct.
Note: The disqualification for gross misconduct will remain in effect until you are re–employed and have earnings of at least eight times your weekly benefit amount. In addition, all wage credits earned from the employer who discharged you for gross misconduct are canceled.
I was laid off as the company I worked at sized down. What do I do?
You are eligible to claim unemployment benefits in Kansas. The unemployment law states that, the recipient must have lost the job through no fault of their own. You were willing to work, but the company could not afford to provide suitable work. Go ahead and apply for unemployment benefits with out a delay.
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