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Legally Required Benefits: Kentucky

Legally Required Benefits requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Nancy Hatch Woodward, Nancy Hatch Woodward Communications


  • Employers finance unemployment insurance with state and federal tax contributions. See Kentucky Unemployment Insurance.
  • Kentucky's taxable wage base is greater than that required by the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA). See Unemployment Insurance Taxes.
  • Most employers in Kentucky are subject to Kentucky's Unemployment Compensation Law. See Covered Employers.
  • Kentucky's Unemployment insurance covers temporary and seasonal workers, as well as corporate officers. See Eligibility.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Unemployment benefits in Kentucky generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Kentucky employers must comply with recordkeeping and posting requirements. See Recordkeeping Requirements; Posting Requirement.