COVID-19 FAQs

The Kansas Department of Labor recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on employers and workers alike. We are here to assist as we tackle this challenge together. Please select from a COVID-19 category below to get more help.

null With all these programs, how do I know which program applies when?

Start with state unemployment benefits. We will announce and provide applications needed for additional benefits when they are available to you. Generally speaking, however, claims will go in this order:

  1. State Unemployment (up to 26 weeks)
  2. PEUC - Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (up to 13 weeks)
  3. PUA - Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (up to 39 weeks, including weeks paid on state unemployment)

For those who do not qualify for state unemployment, your first step will be PUA.