Governor eases path to unemployment benefits

Gov. Kelly streamlined the process for Kansans to file for unemployment benefits in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. She is waiving the normal one-week waiting period for people to receive funds.


State News

April 1, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Displaced workers are asked to file for unemployment benefits at, instead of filing over the telephone.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly took steps Tuesday to address what she described as hundreds of thousands of calls to the state labor office by making it easier for Kansans to receive unemployment benefits as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continued to grow.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said it had confirmed 428 cases Tuesday, up from 369 a day earlier, and it identified a Kansas City church conference two weeks ago as a point of exposure for multiple people. Johnson County reported a third death from the virus, pushing the state’s total to 10.

Kelly announced Kansas would temporarily waive the one-week waiting period for people to receive unemployment benefits and waive the requirement that they seek employment.

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