Kentucky governor makes changes to unemployment benefits in response to COVID-19

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By Theresa L. Nelson

On March 16, 2020, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear issued Executive Order 2020-235 temporarily suspending the one-week per benefit year waiting period normally required when applying for unemployment compensation benefits for individuals whose employment is affected by the COVID-19 emergency. The Executive Order also gives discretion to the Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Cabinet to waive other normal requirements for individuals to receive unemployment compensation benefits such as searching for employment. The Executive Order will remain in effect during the COVID-19 state of emergency previously ordered by Governor Beshear.

For more information, you can visit Kentucky Career Center’s website for more information regarding the emergency changes or to apply for unemployment benefits:


Theresa Nelson’s practice focuses on representing and defending clients in complex labor & employment, commercial litigation, and general civil litigation. She represents clients in employment-related disputes including wage and hour, harassment, discrimination, disability accommodation (ADA), FMLA, wrongful or retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, restrictive covenants and intellectual property disputes. She is licensed in Kentucky and Ohio.

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