Also eligible are those who have quit because of COVID-19 including due to care responsibilities for a sick member of their household and because of closed schools and childcare centers. The individuals were then notified they were approved, and they would be receiving their payments and resources. Kentucky does not currently offer work sharing. For folks filing a claim, their first payment is automatic, and benefits are extended for three weeks. An estimated 20,650 adult immigrant Kentuckians (with 32,871 children) file taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number rather than a Social Security Number and are ineligible for the rebate. Payments can be requested until Friday of the given week. Each state’s allotment was determined by a formula that sent 60% to states based on their share of the school-age population (ages 5-24) and 40% based on states’ share of Title I students. The website also includes contacts and shows how to file a claim. Expanded and increased unemployment benefits. Employers are being asked to email UIeclaims@ky.gov, Benton said. At the Franklin facility, the company extracts CBD oil from Kentucky-grown industrial hemp and produces a variety of CBD products, including full-/broad-spectrum oil, isolate powder and water-soluble CBD used for food and beverage products. Global Trade Magazine lists Bowling Green as #2 city for manufacturing companies. Josh Benton, Deputy Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, gave an update on unemployment in Kentucky during the pandemic. Benton also recommends to not respond to, or provide information to scammers who ask for money. Also, because the country is in a state of emergency, the state has access to much more federal aid to bridge the gap until the economy recovers. If you have lost income due to COVID-19, and you are self-employed, an independent contractor (1099), a gig Yet in the short term the economy will be much worse. All that is paid for by the federal government. $164.6 million for colleges and universities. There is also $17 billion for debt relief for existing Small Business Administration borrowers, and $10 billion for grants. People are working to get their unemployment benefits in, while some can't file them at all. To file a claim, you will need: Your social security number; Your complete mailing address New changes were announced regarding Kentucky’s unemployment program during the coronavirus pandemic, including a new minimum benefit amount, return-to … information about the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance via press releases and social media posts when more information becomes available. Due to a temporary parts supply issue, the Bowling Green Assembly plant will not run production the week of October 12. II. The legislature recently passed a new state budget that downgraded Kentucky’s revenue forecast by 1% the first year and 1.5% the second year of the new biennial budget. All rights reserved. It took more than six years to pay off that money through a combination of reduced benefits and higher taxes on employers. CARES provides one-time checks (“recovery rebates”) of $1,200 for individuals making up to $75,000, $2,400 for a married couple making up to $150,000 and $500 per child. Payments may be made retroactive to the first week eligible under the program." That was still below the level recommended by the federal government, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2020 Trust Fund Solvency Report. Kentucky’s revised forecast is based on an assumption of 5.8% unemployment next year. Through challenges of communication, the kcc.ky.gov website has been changed with all the information and updates on unemployment insurance. But the situation Kentucky faces today is not quite analogous to that of the Great Recession, when the unemployment insurance trust fund faced a “long slow drain,” Benton said. CARES incentivizes states to provide the option of short-time compensation or work sharing, as exists in 27 states. A state’s unemployment insurance trust fund grows in good times, as employers pay into the pot and fewer workers draw on it. Benton has also changed the legacy system to find individuals who do not qualify for unemployment insurance. $203 million for K-12 schools. An estimated 30 million Americans do not file, including people in deep poverty, veterans and people with disabilities. UIPL 23-20: Program Integrity for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program and the UI Programs Authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 - Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Programs A minimum of $8.29 million in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grants; $10 million for personal protective and medical equipment for law enforcement; A minimum of $25.9 million for homelessness programs; $17.9 million for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help families pay heating and cooling bills. You can now apply for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which provides federal benefits to individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. The extra $600 a week alone will bring an estimated $623 million into Kentucky for jobless workers over the four month period, according to one analysis. For those who are new to the process, here are some answers. CARES also will reimburse states (like Kentucky) that waive the normal one week waiting period for benefits. While these dollars are a significant, positive next step in providing aid to state governments, much more will be needed to avoid harmful budget cuts and layoffs. When companies lay off workers, that money — Kentucky’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund — is used to tide workers over until they find a new job. That includes: In addition, Kentucky is estimated to receive through CARES: The Families First Coronavirus Act that recently passed also included an increased federal match for Medicaid costs that will result in approximately $480 million in state savings on an annual basis in Kentucky, though this assistance stops at the end of the quarter when the public health emergency is declared over. Follow him on Twitter @AlfredFMiller. $42.1 million in emergency relief that the governor can distribute to schools and higher education institutions. However, the rebates leave out certain people. Yes Link Arkansas Department of Workforce Services California "The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a brand new program. You will need to request either by calling 1-877-369-5984 or visiting www.kewes.ky.gov. Laid off workers now get an additional $600 per week on top of what they would ordinarily receive. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants must request payment by visiting www.kewes.ky.gov . Update on unemployment in Kentucky due to COVID-19 pandemic, Bowling Green’s Corvette Plant to stop production for one week, Rib Lickers wins Cooking Channel’s “All Night BBQ Fight”, Bowling Green named top 20 manufacturing city in the United States, Shyne Labs begins 60-job hemp processing operation in Franklin. $100 billion for grants to hospitals and other healthcare organizations for unreimbursed costs related to COVID-19, and other monies for protective equipment and testing supplies. Also, the bill did not include an increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, as was included in the Recovery Act during the Great Recession and proposed for CARES. All this and more will be paid for by the federal government after President Donald Trump signed into law a record $2 trillion emergency spending bill last week. That includes independent contractors and “gig” economy workers. Of that amount, an estimated $1.599 billion will go to the state and $134 million to Louisville/Jefferson County (the only eligible Kentucky local government under the law). This minimizes the paperwork involved in verifying every individual worker’s claims. Congress has passed and the President has signed a new COVID-19 economic relief bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Security (CARES) Act. Under CARES, the federal government will pay half of the cost of these benefits, as well as provide grants for implementation and promotion of the program. By January 2020, Kentucky had built its trust fund balance again to $619 million. Another challenge includes the phone lines, where 1,000 to 1,500 calls come in a day. KCEP is an initiative of the Mountain Association. 2005-2020 KCEP | Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is payable for weeks of unemployment beginning on January 27, 2020. $6 million for assistance with making elections safer. And benefits now last a maximum of 39 weeks instead of 26. The bill also lengthens the time an unemployed worker can receive regular benefits (not including the $600 a week) by an additional 13 weeks — beyond the state’s maximum of 26 weeks — with the federal government paying for all of that extension. Ordinarily, employers who trim their workforce face higher taxes. Individuals who can't open their claim will receive an email on how to extend it. In total, Kentuckians will receive $4 billion in rebates. The bill expands eligibility for unemployment insurance by providing what it calls Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) to workers not normally eligible for unemployment benefits because they are self-employed, furloughed, don’t have a sufficient work history or are seeking part-time employment. Because the I … Here are some of its major provisions and what they mean for Kentucky. Kentucky will also receive an estimated $409.7 million through the act’s Education Stabilization Fund. Dewayne Poynter brought home the title to South Central Kentucky. Direct Link to Kentucky Unemployment From Kentucky's Website:Note: The KEWES link is only available M-F from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM EST and Sunday from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM EST. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. There should be public resources provided for free tax filing options like the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to ensure people file and to limit the profiteering of high-fee tax preparation companies. Among its neighbor states, Kentucky trailed only Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia. But it didn’t exactly make them a priority, either. Additionally, the bill requires income tax filing to receive the rebate, which will create an administrative challenge for people who do not file (Treasury has clarified that Social Security recipients can automatically receive payments without filing). This improvement will help newly-jobless workers pay bills and make ends meet in the near term (though the $600 will need to be extended for a longer period given the extent of the crisis). PUA will provide no less than ½ the average state benefit (or approximately $190 a week in Kentucky) through December 2020. Kentucky’s average unemployment benefit is only a modest $380 a week currently. Benton reccomends to prioritize who is calling for individuals who can not file their claim, or if an individual has a disability. Because of this, the state has changed a number of its unemployment system rules. The state has also dramatically increased unemployment benefits, Benton said. Assistance for state and local governments. Reach reporter Alfred Miller at amiller@gannett.com or 502-582-7142. Because the I-U system is hard to change, one of the first things Benton did was make sure individuals were able to submit an application, even if they were ineligible. But just where is all that money coming from and for how long? Benefits will also kick in sooner because Gov. An additional $600 a week will be added to claims checks as soon as the state receives federal guidance. Coronavirus:How to file for unemployment in Kentucky, who is eligible? Companies receiving this aid are only required to maintain existing employment levels “to the extent practicable” through September.