Unemployment Insurance: Kansas
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Authors: Autumn G. Long and Alan L. Rupe, Kutak Rock LLP
- Unemployment insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. Unemployment Insurance is a joint federal-state program based on federal law and executed through state law. See Kansas Unemployment Insurance.
- Employers finance unemployment insurance with state and federal tax contributions. The Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) was created to finance all administrative expenses of the federal/state unemployment insurance system and the federal costs involved in providing benefits. The Kansas unemployment tax is used only for the payment of regular benefits to qualified unemployed workers. See Kansas Unemployment Insurance.
- Kansas unemployment insurance is provided under the Kansas Employment Security Law and is administered by the Kansas Department of Labor. Most employers are subject to the Kansas Employment Security Law. See Kansas Unemployment Insurance.
- Unemployment benefits will generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
- Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
- Employers must follow certain recordkeeping and posting requirements. See Recordkeeping Requirements; Posting Requirement.
- Kansas offers the Shared Work Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See Shared Work Program.