Are you a resident of Kentucky seeking to file for unemployment benefits? If so, then it is possible for you to make the filing online. There is a system in place, through which residents of Kentucky who are separated from their employers (or who are experiencing a reduction in their hours) can file for unemployment insurance benefits. Gone are the days when you would have to make time-consuming visits or phone calls to the employment services department, whenever you wanted to file for unemployment benefits. Thanks to the web-based unemployment insurance claims system, you can file for Kentucky unemployment benefits from almost anywhere, as long as you have Internet access.
The kewes.ky.gov (Kentucky electronic workplace for employment services) website
The website where you can file for Kentucky unemployment benefits is accessible at www.kewes.ky.gov. So that is the address you are supposed to key into your browser, after which the browser should transfer you to the said site.
When you get to the Kentucky electronic workplace for employment services (KEWES) website, the first thing you will notice is a section entitled ‘Claimant’ (the title is in red). Within that section is a link entitled ‘Unemployment Benefits – Internet Claim Filing’. This is the link you should pay attention to: as it is the link that would eventually take you to the actual unemployment insurance claims system.
Requirements for you to file for Kentucky unemployment benefits
To file online for Kentucky unemployment benefits, you will be required to have the names and contact details for the employers you have worked for in the last one and half years (18 months). You will also need to have your recent work history at your fingertips: including the dates you started and the days you left the various jobs. You of course also need to have your social security number. And because we are referring to online filing, you will need to have an Internet-enabled computing device with which you can go online and file the claim for Kentucky unemployment benefits.
How to initiate a Kentucky unemployment benefits claim
First go to the Kentucky electronic workplace for employment services (KEWES) website. This you do by simply keying in the website’s address (www.kewes.ky.gov) into your browser.
When you get to the KEWES website, click on the link (near the top of the landing page, under the ‘Claimant’ section) which says ‘Unemployment Benefits – Internet Claim Filing’.
When you click on the ‘unemployment benefits – internet claim filing’ link, you are taken to the first screen of the ‘Unemployment Insurance Claims System’. So yours is to read through the information in that page. Then once you have read and understood everything (and you are okay with it), click on the ‘I agree’ button at the bottom end of the page.
When you click on the ‘I agree’ button, a pop-screen will appear: where you are supposed to enter your social security number (without dashes or spaces) and password to sign in to the system. If you haven’t used the Kentucky unemployment benefits system before — and you therefore don’t have a password with which to log in — click on the ‘new user’ link. You will then be taken through the motions of registering on the Kentucky unemployment benefits claims system, after which you can log in.
How to complete a Kentucky unemployment benefits claim
After logging into the Kentucky unemployment benefits system, you will be required to fill in the claim form: with, among other details, information about your recent employment history. That will include the dates when you started and the dates when you left the various jobs you held in the last 18 months. It will also include the employers’ details – things like their names, their addresses and their phone contacts. So yours is just to fill in the required information honestly and accurately. Within a few minutes, you should be through with the filing – which would set you on course to start receiving bi-weekly unemployment benefits payments.
- The Kentucky electronic workplaces for employment services (KEWES) website: http://www.kewes.ky.gov/
- The Kentucky unemployment insurance claims system: https://uiclaims.des.ky.gov/ebenefit/eben.htm