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Kentucky Unemployment Eligibility

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

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If you live in the state of Kentucky and are out of work, you may be eligible to collect unemployment benefits. But collecting UI benefits is not something to take for granted. First, you need to meet certain eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements for Kentucky Unemployment Benefits

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or a resident alien authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Have earned enough money to establish a valid claim
  • Be unemployed or working less than full-time
  • Be unemployed through no fault of your own
  • Be able to work, available for work, and looking for work
  • Register for work with the Kentucky Career Center
  • Complete a Welcome Orientation and Assessment
  • File a biweekly claim

Every Kentucky resident collecting unemployment compensation must demonstrate to the unemployment office that they are eligible for unemployment assistance. Once eligibility for their unemployment claim is established, claimants will be able to receive Kentucky unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks while they search for suitable employment.

Kentucky Unemployment Eligibility Guidelines

Finding suitable work is not the only requirement for collecting a weekly Kentucky unemployment benefit. Kentucky unemployment eligibility is based on a number of other factors as well, which include your previous earnings as a worker at your old job, your availability for new work, and registering with the Kentucky Career Center.

Have earned enough money to establish a valid claim

Unemployment benefits are meant to assist claimants who are temporarily unemployed. Kentucky residents will have to show that they contributed to the Kentucky workforce by showing sufficient earnings during their base period.

In Kentucky, the base period is the first four complete calendar quarters prior to the quarter in which you applied for benefits. To determine your weekly benefit amount, the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance will take the total amount of gross wages you earned in this base period, multiply it by 1.1923%, and round it to the nearest dollar. This will result in a WBA (weekly benefit amount) that is at least $39 and no more than $626 (as of 2022, and the maximum WBA is reassessed annually).

There are some additional requirements regarding the base period. Claimants must have made at least $1,500 in their highest earning quarter. The wages in the remaining three quarters must total at least $1,500. The total base period wages must add up to at least 1.5 times the amount they made in their highest earning quarter. And the wages earned in the last two calendar quarters of the base period must total up to at least 8 times their weekly benefit amount. If this sounds like a lot of hoops to jump through, it’s only because the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance wants to make sure that jobless claimants were gainfully employed. For individuals who are unable to work, there are other programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Be unemployed or working less than full-time

The next requirement is that the claimant must be unemployed. However, a claimant may also be working part time—for example, in the case of someone who had their hours severely reduced.

To be unemployed means that you were discharged from your employer, so full time students do not qualify for collecting unemployment. However, there are some instances where a claimant enrolled in an approved training program or vocational rehabilitation program may still collect unemployment.

Regarding partial employment, it’s important to keep the following in mind: You must report all earnings and wages you earn while collecting unemployment insurance. Your weekly benefit amount will be reduced by 80% of these earnings. For example, if your weekly benefit amount is $400, and you work part time to earn $200 one week, $160 will be deducted from your WBA for an end payout of $340.

According to the typical information provided on a labor law poster, 40 hours a week is considered full time. However, part time workers will not be able to collect benefits if their earnings exceed more than what their WBA would be. Remember that unemployment benefits are meant for those who are out of work or whose reduced workload is making it impossible to cover their expenses.

Be unemployed through no fault of your own

You must be unemployed through no fault of your own. That means you won’t qualify for unemployment if you were fired for willful misconduct. If you quit your job for no good cause (e.g. you just don’t like the job) you are also ineligible.

Claimants who are participating in a labor dispute (e.g. a strike) are also not eligible for collecting unemployment. However, claimants who are part of a temporary layoff (whether it’s complete or a partial reduction of hours) with a promise to return to work within 12 weeks of filing their initial claim may collect UI benefits.

Here are some examples of willful misconduct:

  • Getting fired because you falsified your job application
  • Excessive patterns of tardiness or absence during assigned shifts
  • Known violation of a legal, reasonable, and universally enforced policy of the employer (e.g. refusing to wear your uniform, smoking or drinking on the job).
  • Damaging property through negligence or willingly
  • Endangering yourself, coworkers, or customers through your conduct (e.g. threats or violence)
  • Refusal to obey reasonable instructions (such as those that adhere to your job description), or incarceration—meaning, it is reasonable for your employer to fire you, even for a misdemeanor resulting in at least 5 days of missed work

Note that if your most recent employment lasted less than 10 weeks, and you meet this requirement, you must also meet it from your second most recent employer.

Be able to work, available for work, and looking for work

You need to be able and available for work. Able means you are physically and mentally able to perform a job. It does not, however, mean you are required to perform a job to which you are not suited. However, if you have some sort of medical condition that totally impairs your ability to retain any kind of gainful employment, you should explore other options like SSI, SSDI, or workers compensation.

Regarding availability, you cannot use excuses like lack of transportation or child care to avoid taking a new job. However, this does not include sick dependents who require your care (in which case you should also look at SSDI benefits). While searching for suitable employment, you will be required to take a job that is comparable to your previous work in terms of job description and pay. However, unlike other states, Kentucky does not spell out specific percentages of how the new potential salary must compare to your old salary.

Kentucky unemployment work search requirements are relatively simple. You are required to apply for one job every week. However, you must document details of your application (whether you applied in person, by phone, or by emailing an application) and report them when you file your weekly request for benefits payment.

Register for work with the Kentucky Career Center

Another thing jobless claimants must do is register with the Kentucky Career Center on the Focus-Career website. This website is a career resource for finding a new job in your same line of work, or perhaps exploring other options. Registering with Focus-Career is not an optional way of conducting your required job search, but it is a required step in filing your initial claim before you begin logging on to collect your Kentucky unemployment weekly claim (which is actually filed bi-weekly).

If you need assistance navigating the Focus-Career website, contact: this email ([email protected]) or simply call 502-564-0871, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, EST. Remember to gather the information you need when filing your initial claim, which includes details like your social security number, along with information about your previous work history for a time period spanning up to the last 18 months you were employed before requesting Kentucky unemployment assistance.

Complete a Welcome Orientation and Assessment

As part of your reintroduction into the workforce, you will be assigned a career coach through the Kentucky Career Center. This coach will conduct what is called a WOA: welcome, orientation, and assessment. This is a one-on-one consultation, conducted in person.

The career coach will take a look at your resume if you have one, and discuss compiling one if you don’t, reviewing your skills and experiences. They will discuss the overall labor market and present some possible avenues for pursuing a new job. This is your opportunity to get some personalized guidance around finding new employment. The coach is not there to do everything for you, but to help you get organized for your job search.

Remember that you can only collect unemployment benefits for 26 weeks in Kentucky. There is generally no Kentucky unemployment extension except in certain economic downturns. You will be helping yourself find economic security by taking the WOA seriously and kicking off your work search with enthusiasm.

File a biweekly claim

Once you have met all the above requirements and completed all the above steps, you are ready to file your biweekly claim. You will log on to your portal through the Kentucky Career Website beginning 13 days after you file your initial claim. Certain individuals may file a weekly claim, such as those whose employers filed on their behalf. Otherwise, you will need to remember and keep track of logging on to file your claim every other week. The system is only available Sunday through Friday, weekdays from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

As part of the request benefit payment process, you will need to answer a few questions about the previous two weeks, such as whether you worked and whether you searched for work. Your answers to these questions will prompt additional requests for details such as monetary amounts and information about how you made contact with potential employers. Answer all the questions honestly and to the best of your ability, otherwise, your responses might fall into the category of Kentucky employment fraud.

It would be of great benefit to you before you begin filing your biweekly claims to make sure that the WBA listed on your Monetary Determination Letter matches what you believe you should be receiving as your weekly benefit. This amount will be based on your base period wages (as explained above) but there are times when the Kentucky Labor Cabinet could miscalculate that amount. Take nothing for granted and check a Kentucky unemployment calculator. If you are not receiving the correct amount, you have the right to file an appeal.

Eligibility Questions

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 Kentucky Unemployment office for more information.

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  1. I was laid off from a full time job and started collecting unemployment. But now a part-time job (20 hours a week) in my field has become available. It looks like I can still collect partial unemployment while working part time ( as long as i continue to look for full time work). However, if it turns out this part time job isn’t a good fit, can I quit the part time job, and still be eligible for the original unemployment from my last full time job?

    • Hi, JC – someone in the Kentucky unemployment office would be better positioned to discuss the specifics of your claim. But in general, the earnings you report from part-time work are deducted from your Weekly Benefit Amount. If you quit the part-time position and have no income from it to report in your weekly certification, then your Weekly Benefit Amount won’t have those deductions and should revert to the original amount.

  2. I was laid off from my full-time job during maternity leave due to a reduction in force at my company. If I pick up part-time work (6-10 hours/week) while looking for a full-time role, am I still eligible to receive unemployment benefits? The part-time pay would be less than what I would receive in weekly unemployment benefits.

    • Kathryn – in some cases, it is possible to collect unemployment benefits while working part-time. It mostly depends on the state you work in and on your qualifying for unemployment compensation based on your employment history. You may want to connect with someone in the Kentucky Unemployment office, who can discuss the specifics of your situation with you and provide guidance on whether your case qualifies.

  3. My employment was terminated through no fault of my own one day before reaching my 10th week (working M-F full time from 8/8/2022 to 10/7/2022). Am I eligible?

    • Hi, Chelsea – you won’t know for sure until you apply. Like every state, Kentucky looks at your recent work history and earnings during a one-year “base period” to determine your eligibility for unemployment. If you only have 10 weeks of employment history for a full year, it’s unlikely that you have earned enough income to be eligible for benefits. In Kentucky, as in most states, the base period is the earliest four of the five complete calendar quarters before you filed your benefits claim.

  4. I work pt in an addiction recovery outpatient center as an certified support specialist an I also get seen at the facility as well.
    Last week when being seen as an Patient, I was getting seen/treated for my mental health/depression. So as the day goes on, I later return to the facility as an employee an had asked for 1 day off to try to get back on track with my anti-depressant medicine just given because my previous medication wasn’t working an having a nervous break down in front of the Dr as well as My boss after working there for well Over a year an being that I’ve only taken off 1 day for an funeral but yet I’ve always been accountable for my work/time every week, I was put off work for 3 days w/out pay an that I could return to work the following week.
    So, I return to work this monday an tuesday (Working from home taking calls) then I went back into work in-office an later got asked to leave about halfway through the day…
    So, I questioned under what grounds an got told, because higher up said they cant work you nor pay you?
    Soooo, I’m Not Fired-nor did I Quit, an I am still an employee with no lay off etc. but not to work?
    So they are basically saying they are refusing me pay for the last 2 wks an basically that I’m an employee sitting at home in shambles not knowing what to do or were to go from here an how to pay my bills…
    So Can I get unemployment for still yet being an employee considering I have not gotten fired nor quit ?
    They did not say it was a lay off or anything, I was just asked to go home?!
    what do I do?!??
    help…!

    • Alex,

      This must be a tough phase for you. Please stay strong and consider applying for UI benefits if you think you were asked to quite due to no fault of yours.

  5. Many of my employees have only been with the company for less than one year. I have to lay them off due to COVID-19.

    Are they not eligible for unemployment, even in light of the situation?

    • Darice,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  6. I am a dentist who has been ordered to close my office due to the present concerns over the Coronavirus. My office is a PSC and I am employee of the corporation. My question is whether or not I am eligible for benefits.

    • Roger,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  7. My employer filed a Performance Improvement Plan based on false allegations. I was able to prove them false with documentation and the company revised the complaints. I was again able to prove the revised complaints false using documentation too, but the employer is still somehow moving forward with the PIP despite filing it twice with false allegations and having to retract them.

    Additionally, the employer has made vague accusations about inappropriate behavior, but has produced no examples of it, or documentation to speak to it when asked. I consider this fraudulent, as twice the company has presented false allegations and not done their due diligence in researching the accusations. I feel this may also be defamatory. I do not feel safe in returning to work with people who were willing to falsify documents against me, and an HR dept that allowed it to happen. If I quit, will I be eligible for UI, since the employer is acting upon known false accusations?

    • Chris,

      Firstly, please tread carefully. Before deciding to resign, please gather supporting documents (in case of a dispute after you file) and call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  8. My position was terminated and I am receiving a severance package. Am I eligible for UI while receiving the severance.

    • William,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who’re on the payrolls of a company. Please check with your employer if they pay Unemployment Taxes into the system and file accordingly.

    • Your new found employment will have an effect. Please call the Claims Center and let them know about your part-time employment.

  9. If I am collecting UI for a full time salary laid off, could I still accept part-time job and collect UI while searching for full time?

  10. What if you are working part time for a church and receive a W2 from that job. Would you still be able to draw UI benefits from you main job when business closes. (Unemployment benefits are available)

    • It is not the church that would be provide unemployment benefits but a public sector job. Just wondering how the pay received from the church would affect the unemployment benefits since the church is tax exempt.

  11. I’m working part time and my vehicle broke down and don’t have the money to get it fixed and have no way to get to work. Am I eligble for unemployment if fired?

  12. Is a hostile work environment considered a just cause? I am considering quitting my job due to an individual who shows aggression towards me. He has even “play threatened” me by showing me his knife and opening up the blade.

    • Katherine,

      Yes, it is a just caused. Please be safe and if you’re quitting, make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute (after you apply for UI).

  13. I have a full time salaried job and a part time W-2 income job that pays me by the hour. Can I collect unemployment if the part time job ends due to no fault of my own. Thanks

    • Scott,

      I am not sure if you will be eligible for temporary time off from work. Please check with the Unemployment Office.

  14. I’ve been constantly harassed at my job by a new boss on my shift, and nothing’s been done to fix it (by my employer). If I quit because of that, would I be eligible for unemployment?

    • Chad,

      Depends on the level of harassment. Before you make a decision, call the Unemployment Office in your state to discuss.

  15. Was fird after i was tod that my absence was excused by the phoneline we call to miss, a week latr hr fired me. Said it didnt matter what the erc said, i was negative upt,

  16. I lost my job back in March 2017 for medical reasons. I have been actively putting in applications to work places and have not received any call backs. I’ve filled out multiple times for jobs as well. I’ve been homeless since June 2017 due to not having a job and unable to find employment. Am I eligible for unemployment insurance?

    • Shelby,

      I can understand your situation. Unfortunately, UI benefits are only extended to those who lose their job due to “involuntary” reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for further discussion.

  17. If I have worked a part time job on top of my primary full time job and I loose my primary job due to no fault will I still be eligible for Unemployment benefits?

    • Jay,

      You should be. Please make sure to confirm with the Unemployment Office in your state before applying. Let me know about your part-time income.

  18. I was let go because i missed work due to a on the job injury. The doc said I could do sit down work only but i couldn’t even walk or drive. Because of this they pointed me out and gave me points from months back of when i missed work. Will i get benifits?

  19. I have been working as a therapist for the last 4 months but was fired because a background check. There was an allegation of risk of harm through DCBS this spring. I started at my current job in July and the claim had not been substantiated. The claim was substantiated after I started this job. I was fired because of the substantiated claim. Am I eligible for unemployment?

    • Joshua,

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

    • Hi,
      I was recently fired. My employer stated due to performance issues. Which I dispute. I was hired for a different role and 12 months later made to do different work with little training. I was not made aware they had issues with my performance and suddenly they claimed I wasn’t doing my job and other staff have picked up my slack and cost the company significant financial strain! They made up several lies about my work. Can I apply for unemployment and fight my ex employer?

      • Mary,

        You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. If you think it was not your fault, you can file an appeal if denied.

    • Lisa,

      Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website. You may also call the Unemployment Office to find out about your eligibility.

  20. I was let go because employer felt someone else would close month faster. I worked extra hours and tried my best to meet the new demands

    • Tammy,

      Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  21. If you are a college student enrolled doing online classes and working 40 hours a week- once laid off are unemployment benefits available? I have been told that because of being enrolled at local university that benefits are not available. Is there any truth if student is available to work anytime?
    Thank you

    • Sarah,

      If you’re going to seek full-time employment in the future, I am guessing you should be able to claim UI benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  22. I am on short disability with benefits about to run out in 2 weeks. I was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor and will either have surgery or be on medication for the rest of my life. the tumor will never go away and am contemplating Disability claim. If I am terminated or have to quit due to this medical diagnosis, will I be approved for UI till a determination is made fro disability claim?

    • Lynn,

      Hope you get well soon. Generally, personal reasons such as health conditions are not considered.

      Please check with the Unemployment Office in your state.

  23. I submitted my two week notice to resign from my current company and the next day the escorted me from the property. I got a new job but it doesn’t begin until the day after my notice that I submitted. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits for this two week gap?

    • Tim,

      It looks like you were separated from the employment due to voluntary reasons. Under these circumstances, you may not qualify.

  24. The contract I was working under was from 2 Apr 17 until 15 Apr 17. The last time I worked was Jun 2015. Am I eligible for unemployment?

  25. I am needing to move due to being evicted from my house. Where I am able to move is too far from work. Would I be able to draw unemployment for this reason?

    • 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.

  26. In April, I was offered the option of an early retirement severance or be laid off. Am I eligible for unemployment even though I accepted the severance? Would I be eligible when the severance runs out?

  27. I have worked a year an one month but have to quit due to car issues where I have no more transportation, do I qualify

    • I am not sure what you mean by “Car issues”. If the job separation was involuntary, you can be eligible.

  28. If you work in Louisville Kentucky and the company relocates to Jeffersonville Indiana across the state line and it is a longer drive than you are willing or capable of making, can you draw Kentucky unemployment benefits. This is a very hot topic at work, many of us would have to by a new car. The company says they will pay our bridge toils for a year, but after that we are on our own. That means we will have to pay for the privilege of working there

    • Mark,

      You can be eligible to resign and claim UI benefits under such circumstances. Please make sure to speak to the Unemployment Office before making a decision.

  29. I have exceeded FMLA leave time,due to an ongoing illness, then waiting on a surgery scheduled two weeks after FMLA deadline. My employment was terminated one week after surgery, because I was unable to perform duties of job. Am I qualified for unemployment?

    • Robin,

      Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health issues are not considered. Please call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  30. I have had medical issues that required me to be out on Short Term Disability. I was released by my physician to return to work with long term physical restrictions. We are required to pass a work physical to be employed at this company. Prior to my illness I was able to meet all standards. If my company is unable to find me another position due to the Dr restrictions and I am let go by the company, will I be eligible for unemployment compensation?

    • Trent,

      Unfortunately, personal reasons for separation from the job are not considered. You may not qualify.

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

  31. The company I work for has been bought out and my last day will be June 30th. I started this job on January 5th of this year. So it is just shy of 6 months. Will I still be eligible for UI since I was laid off?

    • You can use the Benefits Calculator available on this website to ascertain eligibility.

      To validate, please contact the Unemployment Office before applying.

  32. I was just told that my work is closing down for 5 days can I collect unemployment for those 5 days? I live in Kentucky.

    • If it’s a seasonal/scheduled downtime, you may not qualify.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  33. I’m currently working full time at a factory and part time at a fast food restaurant. During the summer I’ll be on shut down at my factory job. Can I claim my unemployment benefit and still work at my part time job? Thanks

    • If your employment at the factory is seasonal, you may not qualify to claim Unemployment Benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  34. I have been working for a big, well known company for around 10 years. Almost 1 year ago they changed the security company to a different one and offered me a position extremely high up with almost double pay and a whole lot of responsibility. The management over me has decided to fire me for no fault of my own except not kissing you know what and put someone else in my position. Will I be able to draw UI?

    • This is a tricky situation. When you apply, it goes to your employer for verification and they may dispute your claim.

      If you’re able to provide supporting documents, you can be eligible.

  35. I got fired because I had been on probation and still didn’t do as told. Will I get unemployment? Will my work place be involved?

    • You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. The employer will be contacted for verification after you apply.

  36. The company i work for is being bought. If the new company wants me to take a big pay cut would I would I be able to draw unemployment if I did not want to except a pay cut.

    • I think you should be able to claim, though quitting voluntarily does not.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to confirm before making a decision.

  37. So I have been employed for almost 8 years at the same job I was just informed on Friday that I may be getting fired because records was sent to an insurance company that was not Hipaa compliant. If I am to be fired will I be eligible to file for unemployment?

    • Not really sure of the specific guidelines in this regard.

      Please call the Unemployment Office or visit the nearest center.

  38. Okay
    I’ve been working at Jasmine’s since 5-13-16 with the same schedule for 5 months, a new GM came in recently I misunderstood an order from her as a question in response she reprimanded me by taking away all my dishwasher shifts(8$/hr) and placed me on buss boy(5$/hr) while continuing to harass me by making me do other crew members jobs while on busser status/pay in an attempt to get me to voluntarily quit. I was earning roughly just under 270$ per two weeks now I earn a little over 50$ every two weeks am I eligible to apply for partial unemployment in Kentucky? I still questi the legality of her actions…

    • Partial unemployment is generally provided to those who have reduced hours. Please speak to the Unemployment Office in your state to determine eligibility.

  39. I have been working for a company for almost a year now. I have outstanding diagnosed mental issues that have made it extremely hard for me to work this job anymore. I spoke with my manager about my options. He said I could do one of two things, quit, or go on a leave so that I can still keep a relationship with the company just in case I do decide to come back. Because I am quitting due to this job aggravating my mental health would I be eligible for UI? And would you recommend doing the leave or resigning all together?

    • Please do not resign immediately without giving it a detailed thought. UI benefits are only provided to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.Having said this, there are exceptions where a jobless worker can claim UI benefits if he/she quits due to hostile work environment.

      If the mental issues are resultant of the existing job, you can be eligible. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  40. I was not employed for more than a year before my job here in KY. But have worked here since 5-16-16. They are starting to get rid of employees due to low revenue and company costs. Will I be eligible for unemployment? I brought home on ave $1500 every 2 weeks.

    • Not sure if you will be eligible to claim with just under 4 months of employment since the claimant needs to active employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

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

  41. I was hired by “ruby tuesday” just before the extreme close down. Do I have any rights? During my short time I was told that my skills were good. I DID NOT GIVE UP!!!! I found another job. But do I have any regard for the fact that “i spent my time on a company that KNEW it was going out of business. What is the law regarding this circumstance in Kentucky? This is really weird to be hired & fired in the same breath based on a biz on the brink of going out. Do I have any rights to unemployment in this case? So be it if so! Otherwise it is just another lesson learned regarding the trust of anyone. 9

    • With regard to seeking UC benefits, you can be eligible to apply if you got separated from the job due to involuntary reasons. On the labor law front, we have little information in this regard.

      I suggest that you speak to the Labor Authorities to ascertain the provisions.

  42. I quit my job of 5 years and went to work somewhere else for 4 months then was let go from that employer will I be eligible for UI benefits?

    • As long as separation from the previous job was not voluntary, you can be eligible.

      Please consider applying until you find a job.

  43. My son was fired because he got a DUI. he is required to drive a company truck for his job so they fired him, even tho they could have put him with another driver, they chose not to. He’s 31 and has been steadily employed since he was 17. Can he draw unemployment until he finds another job?

    • Personal/Voluntary reasons such as DUI does not qualify. Your son will not be able to draw UI benefits under such conditions.

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