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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. Carmalita Owens says:

    I quit my job. My dad passed away and I really went to work to soon. Customers didn’t know he passed away and was asking over him. After being asked that about 10 times it was tearing me up. When I replacement got there I had an hour left on the clock but I had to leave before I broke down. The next day they wanted to suspend me a week with no pay. I worked for this company over 5 years. I was so hurt that I quit. When I filed for unemployment I was turned down! I’m writing a letter and appealing it. Do u think I will get it?

    • Sam says:

      I can understand your situation. If you’re able to prove with a strong case/documentary evidence, you can be eligible.

      Please prepare well for the Appeal.

  2. Rod Newhart says:

    I have been seasonally employed in Kentucky for the past 13 weeks and before that I was seasonally employed in Delaware from the first of the year until mid April and found that I would not be hired back in Delaware.
    I was wondering if I should apply for benefits through Kentucky and if my weekly benefits would be based on what I made in Delaware and Kentucky or only in Kentucky.

    • Sam says:


      Seasonal workers are generally not eligible due to obvious nature of work. Please call the Unemployment Office to inquire how they treat seasonal employment in your state.

  3. James says:

    For the past two years, I have worked on a yearly contract basis full-time. Once my most recent contract expired, I was not rehired and am currently unemployed and looking for a job. Am I eligible for benefits?

    • Sam says:

      Contract workers are generally not eligible since employers’ do not remit relevant taxes.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to check your eligibility.

  4. Dawn Conley says:

    I have worked for a company in KY for 7 years. I recently got transferred to another company in KY and have been employed there for 6 weeks and I have gotten laid off. Which company do I draw my unemployment from?

  5. David says:

    I have filed my claim and indicated for the state and federal tax to be taken out. I have decided I would rather not have the federal and state tax taken out of my claim. Can this be changed?

    • Sam says:


      I am not really sure if it can be changed and if “yes” at what juncture. Please call the Claims Center for directions.

  6. lorraine says:

    I have been working part time at a facility where I get 30 hrs. in 3-4 days weekly . I can no longer work there due to acute tendonitis in my Achilles heel. can I draw unemployment while I look for other more suitable work. I live in Kentucky 42003 area.

    • Sam says:

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

  7. Cecilia Sams says:

    After being employed for 23 years I have been laid off.The company is paying me severance pay over a period of 23 weeks. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits during those 23 weeks? Thanks.

    • Sam says:

      You should be eligible to collect UI benefits after the expiry of the severance payout.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office to clarify since the Severance payout is relatively for a longer period.

  8. Karen says:

    If I am collecting unemployment, how much money can I make part time to supplement my income without affecting the unemployment amount?

  9. Mike Bercot says:

    I recently experienced carbonmonoxide poisoning to a near deadly level. Fortunately, my wife found me and got me to the hospital. I was released to return to work after a week. The residual effect of the chemical was a bit of brain fogginess and moodiness. This has since returned to normal. During my second week back, I was given a job to do ( I am maintenance in a mental health facility). The job required the use of several tools that could not be on the unit with patients. I expalined this and was given a short period of time to bet the job done with patients removed from the unit. I was hurrying to finish, worked through breaks and lunch, and with an hour of time left to go, patients started re entering the area. The administrator sent them back. I was angry at his disregard for my liability and patient safety. I went to confront him ( he is not my direct supervisor). The discussion got heated and I used language that I would not typically use in a situation like this. The next day, I was asked to turn in my keys and badge and not come back to this facility and and investigation would be done for what, if any diciplinary action would be warranted. It has been 2 weeks. I am still on payroll and have had to use up vacation time which is now exhausted. There has been no cummincation with HR nor has there been any investigation. My direct superviosr was not even asked. Am I entitled to unemployment in this situation? I do not know what my employment staus is. I was never terminated, and should have been reassigned according to policy but policy has not been followed in any way. I offered to meet, appologize, and I am sure that the health issue prompted the language. I have heard other employees use much worse with no action. This occurred away from other employees.

    • Sam says:


      I can understand your situation. Please wait until the internal inquiry is completed. You will only be able to claim if your employment contract is terminated. You can also call the Unemployment Office to weigh your options.

  10. thea says:

    How do I report severance pay when calling to calim my benefits every two weeks? I is not wages earned because I am not working. which question do I report the severance pay under?

    • Sam says:

      Since the reporting of Severance pay is state-specific, please call the Claims Center to get clarification and apply accordingly.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. Walter says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. SHAWN P CLEMENTS says:

    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.

  19. 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)?

  20. Tiffany says:

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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?

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. Ken Leeds says:

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. loulou says:

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

  34. 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?

  35. 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

  36. 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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