COVID-19 Response Resources - Kansas Department of Labor

The Kansas Department of Labor recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on employers and workers alike. We are here to assist as we tackle this challenge together. We will continue to update this web page with available resources and contact information as it becomes available.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 Coronavirus, go to 
http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm

 

WORKERS

Individual Filing for Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Unemployment insurance benefits may be available to individuals who are involuntarily unemployed as a result of COVID-19. The amount of the benefit will vary based upon the amount of money that the individual has previously earned, but will be between $122 and $488 per week.  At this time, individuals can receive up to a maximum of 16 weeks of benefits.

You can view video tutorials on the application process, what to do after filing an initial claim, and more at www.dol.ks.gov/tutorials.

To file for unemployment insurance benefits, visit www.getkansasbenefits.gov, and click on the button at the top of the page titled EASY.FAST.SECURE. Get Started Here.

Wage and Hour Questions
The USDOL Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees may face when responding in responding to COVID-19 as they relate to the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act at www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic.

Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19 Fact Sheet

 

EMPLOYERS

Workplace Safety
First and foremost, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of Kansas employers and workers.  The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) provides practical guidance on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osha/osha20200309.

OSHA also has a COVID-19 webpage with numerous valuable resources, which can be accessed at www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/.

Shared Work
Businesses may be exploring reducing production as a result of supply chain challenges related to COVID-19.  The Shared Work Program is an excellent tool to use in lieu of a temporary, total layoff of employees. It allows for partial work week and partial unemployment benefits to employees. To participate, normal weekly work hours for employees must be reduced by 20% (no more than 40%) and apply to at least 10% of employees.

For more information, visit www.dol.ks.gov/employers/shared-work-program or email KDOL.SharedWork@ks.gov.

Spreadsheet Filing for Unemployment Insurance
Some businesses may be forced to temporarily lay off employees due to COVID-19.  Those employers can assist their employees with filing an application for Unemployment Benefits. This process allows the employer to submit the application for unemployment insurance benefits for employees who are impacted by a layoff due to COVID-19.  Employers who utilize this option will have the ability to communicate directly with the Employer Relations Administrator instead of waiting to speak with a representative at the Unemployment Contact Center. Additionally, instead of receiving an Employer Notice for each employee that files for unemployment insurance benefits, the employer will receive one listing of all claims filed off the spreadsheet.

To learn more, contact:
Maureen Reynolds
Employer Relations Administrator
Kansas Department of Labor
Maureen.Reynolds@ks.gov

Posted: March 18, 2020