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Keep filing claims during unemployment benefits appeals

| Mar 28, 2021 | Unemployment Law |

The Kansas Department of Labor has dealt with a record number of unemployment claims over the course of the past year. If you are among the many residents who have found themselves unemployed for one reason or another, you likely have many important questions. Among them may be whether you should file weekly claims for unemployment compensation if you are appealing an initial denial of your claim.

Right to an appeal

In the state of Kansas, you have a right to appeal an initial denial of an unemployment claim. As part of the unemployment benefits appeals process, you will be provided a hearing. At the hearing, you will be able to present any relevant evidence that you believe supports your position that you are entitled to unemployment compensation.

Filing weekly claims during the appeals process

If you are like many people, you may think that you are not permitted or otherwise should not file a weekly claim during the unemployment benefits appeals process. You logically conclude that you shouldn’t submit a request for something you have been denied up to this point in time.

The fact is that you do need to continue to file your weekly claim for each week you are unemployed during the unemployment benefits appeals process. If you prevail on your appeal, you can only be awarded compensation for weeks in which you filed a claim for compensation.

If you receive a Notice of Determination initially denying unemployment benefits, that notification sets forth the time frame you have to file an appeal of the denial. You must make certain that you file your appeal within that time period or you will not be able to obtain a reconsideration of the unemployment claim denial.