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How the Pandemic has Impacted Unemployment Insurance

The Coronavirus has impacted unemployment rates in Kentucky which is resulting in more people filing than before the pandemic started. Changes have been made which effect both employees and employers. With unemployment claims it is pertinent for employers and employees to be diligent with their claim and respond quickly.

Who Qualifies

Typically, under Kentucky law people qualify for unemployment if they meet the following requirements:

  • Unemployed, and
  • Worked in Kentucky during the past 12 months (this period may be longer in some cases), and
  • Earned a minimum amount of wages determined by Kentucky guidelines, and
  • Actively seeking work each week you are collecting benefits.

However, during this uncertain time new Kentucky legislation expands the scope of eligibility to those who are self-employed, independent contractors, freelance workers, substitute teachers, and childcare workers employed by religious-affiliated organizations and non-profits. As these policies change it is important to be aware of who qualifies and ensure those unemployed may receive the benefits they are entitled to. Legal representation and professional help with unemployment claims can be beneficial to those involved.

Employer Planning

As with many businesses you may be forced to lay off some employees due to this pandemic. Employers too have a responsibility with unemployment insurance when planning widespread layoffs. First, they must give notice to the unemployment office as well as knowing a return-to-work date. Having a plan in place for the potential need to lay off workers will ensure a smoother and proper course of action for employers.


Employees and Employers must act in a timely manner when handling an unemployment claim. The failure to do so can result in an adverse decision for that party. Since time is of the essence with these claims, having an attorney who is experienced in this field can help ensure your case is handled correctly. Strause Law Group can advise the reader on these issues.