Kansas unemployment benefits provide temporary compensation to those workers meeting the eligibility requirements of Kansas law. The basic requirements for collecting unemployment are that a worker must:
Have been employed. The Kansas Department of Human Resources publishes requirements for wages earned or time worked during an established period of time referred to as a “base period.”
Be determined to be unemployed through no fault of their own as defined under Kansas law.
File ongoing claims and respond to questions concerning continued eligibility. They must report any earnings from work and any job offers or refusal of work during any claim period.
Meet any other unemployment eligibility requirements of Kansas law.
In general, I understand, unemployment benefits are based on an individual’s earnings in the base period. As of January, 2005, benefits ranged from $99 to $359. The duration of unemployment benefits is 10-26 weeks, but benefits can be extended by Kansas during times of high unemployment or other special circumstances.
Workers who lose their job or whose employment is reduced as a result of increased foreign imports may be eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance. This Adjustment Assistance includes training, training allowances, job search and relocation assistance and other support services.
The North American Free Trade Agreement-Transitional Adjustment Assistance program (NAFTA-TAA) assists workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as the result of trade with Canada or Mexico under the North American Free Trade Act. This includes workers whose jobs are affected due to increased imports from Canada or Mexico or where there has been a shift of production to Canada or Mexico. The NAFTA-TAA program provides an array of retraining and reemployment services to affected workers.
My research shows that Kansas denies unemployment benefits to those who are discharged for misconduct related to drug or alcohol impairment. The results of a chemical test are admissible evidence to prove misconduct if a variety of conditions are met, including, but not limited to, the test was requried by state or federal law, or there was probable cause to believe the individual was impaired while working.
Kansas state unemployment benefits are subject to Federal income taxes, and workers may elect to have taxes withheld from their unemployment check.
Employers must post the Kansas Unemployment Insurance poster in a public part of their business.