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COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits

Top 5 Things to Know About COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits

  1. The traditional 7 day waiting period is waived. Those needing benefits may file immediately.
  2. Work search requirements are relaxed for those who have been laid off due to COVID-19 while the state of emergency is in effect.
  3. Eligibility has been expanded to cover people with reduced hours, independent contractors, self-employed, and more.
  4. Recipients will see a monetary boost in benefits (of an additional $600 per week) and will be eligible for an additional 13 weeks (usually capped at 26 weeks).
  5. Apply online at kcc.ky.gov or call (502) 564-2900. Follow instructions to apply on the designated day for your last name.

If you need legal help with unemployment benefits:

Contact Kentucky Legal Aid. You may apply for services by calling (270) 782-5740.