Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)

  1. Who is entitled to EUC?

You may be entitled to emergency unemployment compensation if you:

    • Are unemployed.
    • Have established eligibility for state or federal unemployment compensation and have exhausted those benefits.
    • Do not have available regular benefits under the unemployment compensation laws of any state, the Virgin Islands, Canada or the United States.
    • Meet the eligibility requirements of the law and are not disqualified.
    • Had a valid claim with an effective date of May 7, 2006 or after .

Not everyone is entitled to emergency unemployment compensation. For example, an individual whose benefit year ended before May 05, 2007 will not be eligible.

In addition, an individual who was disqualified on his regular unemployment claim and has not met the requirements to remove that disqualification will not be eligible.

  1. How can someone find out if he or she is eligible for EUC?

Letters will be mailed to potential eligible candidates, however if you do not receive a letter and feel you may be eligible, go to http://oet.ky.gov or call (859) 547-3362 to file a claim.

  1. Under what circumstances will I be disqualified from EUC?

You are subject to the same disqualifications under the EUC program as under Kentucky’s regular unemployment insurance benefits program.

  1. How do I apply for EUC?

You may file your claim for EUC over the internet at http://oet.ky.gov/ on Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST or Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST.

You may also file over the telephone at (859) 547-3362 Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., EST. This is not a toll-free number and you must use a touch tone phone to file.

  1. How do I request a check for EUC?

You must claim EUC on a bi-weekly basis by calling the voice response unit (VRU) at 866-291-2926 or by logging on to the website at www.kewes.ky.gov.

Both systems are available Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST.

  1. How much money can I receive on the EUC program?

Your weekly emergency unemployment compensation benefit rate is the same as the rate you collected through your regular unemployment insurance claim.

  1. When does EUC start?

The first payable week will be July 6, 2008 through July 12, 2008.

  1. What will happen to my EUC if I become eligible for a new regular unemployment insurance claim?

Any time you become eligible for regular state or federal benefits, you must file a new claim and your eligibility for emergency unemployment compensation will end.

  1. How will I receive my benefit payments for EUC?

All payments of emergency unemployment compensation will be made via check mailed to the address you supply when you file.

  1. Will I have a right of appeal under the EUC program?

Yes. You have the same right to appeal under the emergency unemployment compensation program as under the regular benefits program.

  1. Does the law provide any penalties?

Yes, if you intentionally make a false statement or misrepresentation or conceal material information to obtain benefits, you will be required to make restitution and may be subject to a fine and/or imprisonment, and/or community service. If, by mistake, you gave incorrect information when you filed your EUC claim, you may avoid penalties by notifying us as soon as you realize the mistake.

  1. Can a person who has returned to work file for EUC retroactively?

No. The emergency unemployment compensation program does not pay retroactively.

  1. If someone is collecting unemployment insurance now, will they automatically receive EUC when their benefits run out?

No. Once you exhaust your regular Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must file separately for EUC.

  1. What are the job search requirements for EUC recipients?

You must be able and available to work each week. If instructed to do so, you must also actively search for work.

You must apply and keep a verifiable work search record that includes the following:

  • The name, address and phone number of the company
  • The date of application
  • The manner of application (in person, by mail, through internet, etc.)
  • The specific position and shift
  1. How many weeks of EUC benefits will I receive?

Eligible candidates will recieve at least 13 weeks.