Help Available for Kansas Workers Hard Hit By Pandemic
TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR) — Thousands of Kansans are now working from home. Others expect pay cuts, layoffs and furloughs. The unprecedented situation brought on by the coronavirus raises many questions. But help is available is the form of unemployment insurance benefits. Benefits are available for anyone who is involuntarily unemployed, including those who has lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. The amount of benefits depends on a person's salary, but will be within a window of $122 to $488 per week. The average payout in Kansas is $388 per week. Benefits apply to those who are not working and not being paid. But help is also available to workers who have seen their hours or wages reduced due to the virus.
This week, the Kansas Department of Labor will also consider benefits for parents who are forced to take a leave of absence from work to be home with children since schools have been closed through the end of the academic year.