Kentucky unemployment office: “We’re not doing anything”
Unemployment insurance payments are scheduled to start Monday in Kentucky, but some officials say that the state is still “not doing anything.”
A federal appeals court ruled last month that the Kentucky Unemployment Insurance System (KUIS) is not required to pay unemployment benefits to employees who are not actively seeking work.
This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in Washington, D.C., rejected an appeal from the state, finding that the system is not an “employment insurance fund” and that the payments are subject to state regulations.
The ruling also found that the KUIS has a “legitimate need” for additional funds, according to the Associated Press.
A spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Labor said that the agency is still looking into how to best distribute unemployment benefits, but noted that the unemployment system is funded through a combination of general revenues and the state’s payroll tax.
The KUES, which has operated since the Great Depression, covers workers who were laid off or lost their jobs.
The unemployment insurance payments will start on Monday.