Share |


Executive Order 20-17 will draw down millions in federal stimulus dollars to cope with record demand

 

Today Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order 20-17 to ensure Kansas can draw down millions in federal dollars under the federal CARES Act.

 

The federal stimulus will expand unemployment insurance to include self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig and low-wage workers who can no longer work because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement also increases weekly benefits for all unemployed workers by $600 a week for up to four months.

 

"Certain provisions of Kansas employment security law will impede Kansas’ ability to draw down millions in federal funds for unemployment insurance programs,” Kelly said. “This order will allow flexibility to ensure Kansas workers and small business owners can secure the safety and protection that unemployment insurance is designed to provide at times of crisis.”


Executive Order 20-17 makes three, temporary changes to Kansas employment security law:

 

  • The waiting week requirement for unemployment benefits is temporarily waived for all claimants;
  • The requirement that Kansans receiving unemployment benefits actively seek work each week is temporarily waived for all claimants to allow Kansans to continue the necessary social distancing practices;
  • All Kansas employers, as required by the federal Department of Labor, must notify separated employees if they qualify for unemployment insurance.


“This flexibility will ensure that our Department of Labor can keep up with the surge of unemployment claims our state is experiencing and that Kansas workers and small business owners can secure the safety and protection that unemployment insurance is designed to provide at times of crisis,” Kelly said.

 

Kelly also addressed the unprecedented volume of calls coming into the Kansas Department of Labor. Just yesterday, the agency received over 877,000 calls to their unemployment line. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the agency received an average of 1,100 calls per week.

 

“Labor Secretary Delia Garcia and her team are working quickly to expand capacity at the call centers,” Kelly said. “They have added phone lines, hired additional employees and are working with employers to speed up the benefit process. The website remains the fastest and most efficient way to file for benefits, but if you must call in, please be patient. This is an incredibly stressful time for everybody, and the Department of Labor is working hard to get applications processed and benefits distributed.”

The executive order can be viewed here: https://governor.kansas.gov/newsroom/executive-orders/

Please visit kdheks.gov/coronavirus for additional virus-related information. Due to the high call volume, Kansans seeking to file for Unemployment Insurance benefits are encouraged to file online at getkansasbenefits.gov.

NEWS

Commissioners approve motion to change chairperson

thumb

Early on in the meeting of the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, June 10, Commissioner Jim Johnson made a motion to replace Commissioner Jason Hightower as chairperson with Commissioner Danny McCullough. McCullough seconded the motion and it carried on a 2-1 vote with Hightower... [More]

Pay scale creates Pleasanton council disagreement

thumb

A discussion on pay scales took several discussions throughout the Pleasanton Council meeting Tuesday, May 28 when a new pay scale chart was introduced by Mayor Mathew Young. The chart was an effort to make pay more fair across the board for employees and allow the city to budget... [More]

Linn Valley Council discusses location of proposed new city hall

thumb

The Linn Valley City Council met Monday, June 10 for their first meeting of the month and among many other items discussed the idea of building a new city hall. Mayor Lew Donelson brought up the idea looking for a proposed location and the feasibility of a new city hall. He... [More]

More News

PLEASANTON WEATHER

SPORTS

Mound City hosts youth fishing derby

thumb

The City of Mound City hosted the Youth Fishing Derby on June 8 as part of the Jayhawk Blast celebration. The derby started with registration at 9 a.m. and the derby itself running from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. There were four age groups in the derby, up to 5 years old, 6-10... [More]

Prairie View baseball and softball receive All League honors

thumb

The 2024 Pioneer League All League baseball and softball teams were announced recently and the Buffalos were represented in both sports. In baseball senior Gabe Murillo earned second team All League honors. Murillo was the senior leader on the team and was one of the team’s... [More]

More Sports

COMMUNITY

Ten-year-old La Cygne student holds NICU benefit

thumb

Most ten-year-olds aren’t worried about building care packages for NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit) patients; they’re playing with toys or friends. But ten-year-old Kylee Tynes, a fourth grader at La Cygne Elementary, thinks differently as she spent her Saturday... [More]

Random Acts of Kindness in Mound City

thumb

To celebrate the 10th year of the My Power of One brand, a new, custom-made friendship bench was installed in front of Stonetree Coffee & Pottery on Mound City’s Main Street. Sue Vicory, creator of the My Power Of One, has completed 10 years of random acts of kindness... [More]

Prescott UMC celebrates sesquicentennial

thumb

  The Prescott United Methodist Church celebrated their sesquicentennial anniversary on Sunday, Apr. 21. According to church member Mary Beth Fornelli, the property for the church was purchased in 1873 and was part of the Mound Circuit with 12 members. The pastor at... [More]

More Community

View Legals for Free Business Directory