Kentucky Unemployment Eligibility

To qualify for unemployment in Kentucky, applicants must meet the state’s eligibility requirements.

Non-Monetary Eligibility

  • You must be unemployed through no fault of your own
  • You must be willing, physically able to work and be actively seeking employment
  • You must register for work when you file your claim
  • You must not be fired for misconduct or resign without an acceptable reason
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or a resident alien authorized to work in the U.S.

Those who are employed on a part-time basis but desire full-time employment may also be qualified to receive unemployment benefits if they meet income requirements as determined by the state of Kentucky.

Monetary Eligibility

Another requirement for Kentucky unemployment benefits is the salary you made as an employee during your base period. Your base period is the first four of the past five calendar quarters before your application date. To collect unemployment,

Eligibility Questions

Can I draw UI if I am fired?

Assuming you have sufficient wage credits to establish a claim, you may be qualified to receive benefits if you were discharged for reasons other than misconduct or dishonesty in connection with the work and there are no other eligibility issues present.

Those fired due to excessive absences, insubordination or tardiness are considered to have engaged in misconduct and are ineligible for benefits.

How can a person draw UI from me when they were fired from another employer?

If you are the most recent ten (10) week employer on the claim and the worker left your employment under non-disqualifying conditions or you failed to file a timely protest to the initial claim for benefits, then you may be charged for the benefits.

Can a person draw UI if they quit?

Assuming the claimant has sufficient wage credits to establish a claim, he or she may be qualified to receive benefits if they voluntarily left their employment with good cause attributable to the employment and there are no other eligibility issues present.

In Kentucky, if you quit your job, you must have done so for just cause. When you apply to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training (OET), it will verify that you quit your job and request information proving the situation falls under the just cause requirement.

What happens if I am laid off?

In a tough economic climate, many employers have to make tough choices about their staff, including who is necessary to the company and who to let go. If laid off from a Kentucky state employer, you can collect unemployment benefits from the state’s Department of Labor. However, if there is any question as to whether you were laid off or fired, you may have to show proof of the reason for your job separation.

If I fire an employee for absenteeism is he or she eligible for UI benefits?

If an employee’s absences amount to misconduct connected with the work, they will be disqualified. Generally, good cause for missing work is not misconduct. Simple numbers of days or percentages of lost time cannot show a worker is guilty of misconduct.

Am I eligible for Worker’s Compensation?

If you missed at least seven weeks of earnings due to injury in any quarter during your base period and were eligible for Workers’ Compensation (whether or not you drew it), you may be able to use wages earned before your injury to qualify for unemployment benefits. To qualify, you must file your claim within the first four weeks that you are unemployed following the period covered by Workers’ Compensation. Contact your nearest Unemployment Insurance office for more information.

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  1. I have currently worked for the same physician for 13.5 years. Three months ago he decided to leave the entity he was currently workng for and will join a new entity in 4 weeks. The new entity is offering me my position but at a significantly lower pay rate (4.00 less an hour). I have also applied for 3 positions at the current entity only to be told they were given to other applicants. If I dont take the offer from the new entity due to the decrease in my pay will I be eligible to draw unemployment?

    • Well, if you decide not to accept, you may not qualify.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state by calling them.

  2. Am I eligible for unemployment? I quit my job, I was staffing coordinator for a nursing home, I done nurses and CNAs scheduling. we had a nurse to leave because she got sick, the Director of nursing came to me and said that I had to work the cart (med cart) I told her I will do my job and find someone to come in, she told me to go to the administrator office because no one tells her no, they both are new, the director and administrator. They are the ones that ask to me give up my unit manager and do this job. When the administrator told me that I was being insubornate to my supervisor, no matter what I said, they would not here me. so I quit. our census was low and we had a unit manager and treatment there and I did inform both of them of that.

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

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

  3. A lead sead I cust her when I wouldn’t do another employs job to and lid an got me walkd out am I’m cam I drow unemployment

  4. If I was hired as a substitute but I have been working steadily since September and my position will end at the end of May will I be eligible for Unemployment Benefits?

    • As long as the employment is not contractual and the employer is remitting the relevant taxes into the UI fund, you can be eligible to receive UI benefits for loss of job due to involuntary reasons.

  5. My husband took a job driving for a potato chip company. He is salaried and expected a 40 hour week. Now they are expecting him to work 10 and 11 hours a day, 5 days a week.
    Physically, now, it is too much for him. He is 64 and is in constant pain from the long hours, and trying to get the chips out of the truck. He has worked 6 months for them and given it his best shot. Is he entitled to unemployment benefits if he quits?

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

      Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered.

  6. I live in KY, have not worked inside KY in 4 years, but have been steadily employed in OHIO. Am I eligible for Ky UIC?

  7. Another company took over my department at work. Since the take over my hours have been cut from seventy-five to fifty-four even though I’m still classified as a full time employee. Am I entitled to any compensation?

    • You should be able to claim the lost hours.

      Please check with the labor authorities in your state and apply accordingly.

  8. I have gone from 12 hours a week at my job, to 5 hours every other week. Am I eligible for any kind of unemployment compensation to make up the major difference in my wage change?

  9. Why, in calculating unemployment eligibility, is period for prior year’s last quarter through 3rd quarter of current year instead of through 1st through 4th quarter of current year?

    • That is because the last completed quarter is not considered.

      It is 4 of the last 5 calendar quarters of employment, excluding the recent most one.

  10. I live in KY but have been working on WV. I have put off work for medical disability and now I am finding out that I have exhausted the available FMLA and my short term disability has been exhausted as well. If, for some reason my long term disability does not pick up but loose my job for not meeting the attendance requirements due to being put off work by my doctor, would I be eligible for unemployment?

  11. My employer closed the office in Kentucky that I worked at and my job was transferred to a city over 100 miles away still in KY. For 7 months I commuted to the other city to help train replacement employees. During that time the company paid for hotel, meals and mileage. At the end of the job I received a severance package. Now I am going to file for in UI but am not sure if the reason needs to be listed as lack of work, quit or discharged. Also all new hires after me were hired in at a hire pay rate and position and my job was eliminated. What would be the most appropriate choice?

    • Choose the one that is the closest.

      Do bear in mind that you will only be able to apply after the severance pay period is over.

  12. If I take a vacation and my employer does not pay for vacation can I receive unemployment. I have been working for them for over 2.5 years.

    • You will not be eligible for Unemployment Compensation during the unpaid vacation.

      It is only provided to those who’re fully unemployed without a job.

  13. Iam a hard working military spouse, every duty station, I never collect unemployment and I always find a job, well my husband has orders for Germany. Iam not to crazy about this, Iam afraid it take some time to find a job there but iam willing to do it, will I be eligible for unemployment for a short while, while I fond a new job? I will have all his military orders and such to look at? Ive never done this before and iam just so lost.

    • You may consider applying. Please check with the customer service of the labor dept first and then apply.

  14. i am a state employee working for the djj since 2005. im told that my absences due to pain from degenerative joint and disc disease has been excessive and violates the attendance policy, however, when i asked to see the attendance policy they cannot show me one, they just tell me that the superintendant decides the policy. if the attendance policy changes you are not told about it, nor is it made known. at one time they said six occasions in six months was excessive, now its changed to three occasions in six months, but to my knowledge the workers were not informed of the change, including myself. i had provided a statement from my doctor that my condition would be exacerbated at 3-6 month intervals and of course i have had other absences for more ordinary illnesses like bronchitis and broken ribs from a fall in the shower. if i am not made aware of changes in policy i cannot adhere to policy, therefore i have given my 2 week notice without waiting to find another job first because i dont want to be fired for attendance because that looks really bad to prospective employers and i never know when my back will go out. i am 58 and wonder if im not being targeted. if i was made aware of changes in policy i would certainly try to adhere to it. my question of course is whether or not i would be able to draw unemployment if i dont find another job soon that would not cause so many problems with my back?

    • Depends.If you were wrongfully terminated, you can fight for UI benefits.

      Remember,UI is only extended to those who are physically fit to work and are willing to accept a suitable job offer that comes their way.

  15. My husband has orders to move to Hawaii in July. I will have to quit my job in order to move with him. Will I qualify for unemployment? Do I need to file in Kentucky or Hawaii?

    • Your eligibility depends on a range of factors.

      Please consider applying from the state where you last worked.

  16. I was stopped at the end of my workday by my supervisor. I was told that due to a theft allegation by a guest in our hotel I had to read/sign the hotel drug policy and go immediately with my supervisor to take a drug test. I refused because I was not made aware of or agreed to this policy prier to that day. Can I collect unemployment?

  17. I have a question about being eligible for unemployment. I have missed work for six weeks due to sickness and surgury. I have had doctor and hospital statements showing that I could not work. I was told my job was fine through the entire time, and that I was not to worry. But, now I have been informed they would let me know if I still had a job. Not sure what we will do. We already are very behind on bills without my income. And I am afraid to ask about my short term disability pay, because I know they probably would fire me then. Will it be possible to draw or get any assistance if I have to?

    Thank you

    • First of all,you must be looking at disability compensation as an option as your situation has a backdrop of surgery and sickness.If you are laid off,then you may please consider the option of applying for unemployment insurance with the state,provided you’re able to and available to work.

  18. My boss has been my ride to work since I started the job 10 months ago. He has never complained nor told me that I needed to find other arrangements. Today he did not show up to get me and when I called him he told me that he was at my house but I was not ready. I was ready and waiting for him so I know that it was a lie. I told him that it was fine that I would call my mother-in-law and get a ride from her and that I would simply make up the hour of missed time by not taking my lunch. He told me not to bother, to take the day off and that we would talk about it tomorrow. In two days it is Thanksgiving and I requested, and was awarded, Friday off. I have to travel to the UP of Michigan because I have a court order that says that I must share holidays with my daughters mother. I am afraid that my boss is going to say that I now have to work on Friday. Will I be elgible to qualify for unemployment if I am fired for not being able to work on Friday?

    • Is a permanent resident of the United States able to collect unemployment benefits if their permanent resident card is expired? He has a legal social security card and number.

  19. Can I get unemployment because I hurt my self off the job and I’m not working because they don’t have light duty.. In gonna be off for months

  20. We are getting a layoff for two weeks in about 2 weeks. We are being told that we have to use the vacation days that we have for these layoffs. Can I still get unemployment?

    • Hi Debbie,

      I suppose you cannot avail unemployment benefits while on a vacation. You should be able and available to work and must actively search for a job (unless specified otherwise).

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