Department of Labor and
I spend the majority of my time answering questions for constituents who are having trouble either filing their unemployment claims or trying to just speak to a real person about benefits. There are thousands of Kansans trying to connect to the KDOL to file claims. I have a legislative “hot line” that connects me to staff in the Governor’s Office that are very helpful. If you still need assistance, please contact me….email@example.com…and I will do my best to help you.
The Kansas Department of Labor is now accepting applications and weekly claims for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program at www.pua.getkansasbenefits.gov. PUA is being rolled out in phases with the next phase being payment of the PUA benefits, which is slated to begin by May 25, 2020.
The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides an additional $600 weekly payment for unemployment insurance claimants, went live starting Thursday, April 23. The retroactive payments for prior weeks after the law went into effect on March 29, 2020, began paying out on May 7, 2020.
Continue to monitor the Kansas Department of Labor’s web-site for new information about benefits. www.getkansasbenefits.gov.
The Kansas Department of Labor’s IT system has been struggling due to the heavy load placed upon it by enormous claims volumes. The benefits site, www.GetKansasBenefits.gov, is now accessible, however you may still experience delays when filing your claims and we know how frustrating this can be. The system is antiquated and staffing levels were not able to handle the initial requests. I do believe it is getting better…..so keep the faith and let me know how I can help.
The state aggregated all the information from across state departments related to COVID-19 into one website: COVID.ks.gov
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a map that will let you see coronavirus statistics for each county as well as state numbers. It is up-dated on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This is the map link: https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/160/COVID-19-in-Kansas
The Daily Case Summary for Friday, May 15th can be seen at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1125/Historical---May-15?bidId=
Kansas House Republican Leadership created a web-site on COVID-19 information called Kansas Together. "Kansas Together," @ www.kansastogether.com which is a resource site for Kansans.
Voting during the Pandemic
It is not too early to think about how you want to cast your ballot in the August primary on Tuesday, August 4th, or in the General Election on Tuesday, November 3. All 165 Legislators….House and Senate…..are on the ballot. We have no idea what August and November will look like, especially when you think about going to your polling location to vote in the Primary or General Election.
Some counties are sending out applications to all voters to request a ballot mailed to their house so they do not have to leave their homes to go a polling place. It does not appear Shawnee County will be doing that. So, if you are concerned about voting in person, and want to ensure your voice is heard in this year’s elections, please click here to request a ballot
be mailed to your home for the August and November elections.