In the state of Kentucky, individuals who are claiming unemployment benefits may be required to complete Excused Work Search Activity Requirements. These requirements are put in place to ensure that individuals are actively seeking suitable employment while receiving benefits.
Excused Work Search Activity Requirements involve engaging in specific activities that are closely related to finding employment. These activities may include attending job fairs, participating in job training programs, or attending job interviews. By actively participating in these activities, individuals demonstrate their commitment to finding suitable employment and increase their chances of reentering the workforce successfully. It is important for individuals claiming unemployment benefits in Kentucky to understand and fulfill these Excused Work Search Activity Requirements in order to maintain their eligibility for benefits.
New Changes to the Kentucky Unemployment Insurance Program
The Kentucky General Assembly recently made amendments to the state’s unemployment insurance program through House Bill four during the 2022 regular session. This bill was passed despite Governor Beshear’s veto being overridden.
Excusing Work Search Activity Requirements
Under the new changes, there are certain circumstances where individuals can be exempt from work search activity requirements:
- If a person is an active member of a union with a hiring hall
- If a person has a verifiable definite return to work date within 16 weeks of filing for benefits
- If a person is involved in a labor dispute or strike with their employer
Upon completing the process of filing for unemployment claims, union members or individuals with a definite return to work date will be required to provide verifiable documentation.
Required Documentation for Union Members
Union members are required to upload a copy of their union membership card or document.
Required Documentation for Individuals with a Definite Return to Work Date
Claimants who have a definite return to work date are required to upload a document from their employer specifying the date they will be returning to work.
Attention: Each person has ten days from the date of claim filing to upload this documentation. Failure to upload the required documentation may lead to a delay in receiving benefit payments.
Notification of Filed Claims to Employers
Employers will be informed when a claim is filed. These notifications will request verified return to work dates after January 1, 2023. It’s important to note that claims may be audited at any time, thus it is crucial for claimants to retain and provide all requested supporting documentation.
To find answers to commonly asked questions, please visit kcc.ky.gov.
The Excused Work Search Activity Requirements in Kentucky Unemployment provide relief for individuals facing challenges in actively searching for employment due to various circumstances. These requirements aim to support individuals who are unable to meet the regular work search requirements, such as those who are temporarily laid off or have limited access to job opportunities. By excusing certain individuals from job search activities for a specified period, the Kentucky Unemployment program recognizes the unique circumstances faced by individuals and helps alleviate some of the burdens of unemployment. This program ultimately serves as a safety net, ensuring that those who are genuinely unable to fulfill work search activities are still eligible for unemployment benefits during these challenging times.