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CARES Act: Unemployment Benefits for Self-Employed

Friday, April 3 2020 3:00 PM
The CARES Act provides a temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program that extends unemployment benefits to those not traditionally eligible, including self-employed individuals.
Here is a summary of the program that will be updated with guidance anticipated from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).
All indications suggest the State of Kansas intends to participate in the PUA program. This morning, the Kanas Department of Labor (KDOL) Deputy Secretary, Brett Flachsbarth, stated Kansas is waiting for the aforementioned detailed guidance from the USDOL to determine how the state implements the program.
If you are self-employed and intend to apply, what you can and should do now:
File an initial application for benefits. It will show as a not entitled claim at first; however, the KDOL wants self-employed filers to submit claims so once the State has the additional Federal benefits, they will already have verification on file. Although awaiting guidance, the State knows there will be a requirement to file as a part of the process. Applying now and getting in the queue should help expedite the process versus waiting to apply.
Please know the KDOL is receiving an unprecedented volume of unemployment benefit applications and related questions. They are answering those questions during the KDOL morning video update held daily at 9:30 a.m., Mon-Fri.
For additional information, please visit the KDOL website.
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