As unemployment increases across the country, Kansans now have a little extra time to find a new job. The state Department of Labor has added seven weeks of eligibility beyond the standard maximum of 26 weeks and 13 more provided by the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act (EUC08).
Notices were mailed this week to unemployed Kansans receiving benefits and who may be eligible for the extension.
Claimants will not be able to apply online or over the phone and are required to complete and return the applications provided by the state to be eligible.
Governor Sebelius signed the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act on November 21 to offer assistance to those who had exhausted their benefits. The Original EUC08 was passed in July.
Employers will not be charged for any of the payments made under either extension, nor will the Kansas Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, since all money will come from federal funds.
For more information, go to www.dol.ks.gov