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KS Dept. of Labor to start processing extra $300 weekly unemployment payments

Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 3:03 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2020 at 7:03 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020: Starting Friday, (Oct.2, 2020) the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) will be processing payments that provide an extra $300 a week to some unemployed Kansans. This is part of a new program in Kansas that comes with different requirements than past programs. With the Lost Wage Assistance program, or “LWA,” many have reached out with questions.

If you think you’re eligible, when you log into your account, you’ll be directed to the LWA self-certification screen. You’ll then be asked if you’re unemployed or partially unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. You only have to certify once, and only those who are unemployed because of the pandemic are eligible.

Many Kansans have been asking about retroactive payments and how the state will distribute money in the Lost Wage Assistance program. The state will send out $300 per week, retroactive from the week of Aug. 1 to Sept. 5. With the KDOL processing payments Friday, those who qualify to receive the benefit should see money next week.

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Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020:

The Kansas Department of Labor will begin accepting self-certification and processing payments to eligible unemployed workers under the federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program on Friday.

“Short term, the Lost Wages Assistance program will help provide critical support to unemployed Kansans due to the coronavirus pandemic,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “I urge the Senate to pass legislation to extend federal benefits to those still in need.”

The program will provide eligible claimants with an additional $300 per week on top of their regular unemployment benefits. Payments will be retroactive to the week ending August 1, 2020. KDOL was notified by FEMA that these funds will be available through the week ending September 5, 2020.

To be eligible, you must self-certify your unemployment or partial unemployment is due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. If KDOL confirms eligibility, you will receive the payment for each week of the LWA program, as long as you remain eligible and funds remain available.

Claimants can self-certify by logging into their account at www.getkansasbenefits.gov or by calling one of the unemployment contact center phone numbers listed on the website.

President Donald Trump issued an executive memorandum on August 8 authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expend up to $44 billion from its Disaster Relief Fund to provide lost wage assistance to Americans receiving unemployment benefits. FEMA approved an award total of $116 million to assist Kansans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March 15, KDOL has paid out over 2.5 million weekly claims totaling over $2.0 billion between regular unemployment and the federal pandemic programs.

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