Work Limitations While Collecting Unemployment Benefits in Kentucky


You have the right to unemployment benefits if you have worked for a certain amount of time and earned over a minimum amount during that period. In addition, you have the right to partial unemployment benefits if your work hours are drastically cut or you worked part time during a week that you claim benefits. Kentucky calculates your partial benefits by subtracting your earnings from your weekly benefit rate.

Partial Unemployment

If you are still working at your regular job but your hours have been cut, Kentucky may allow you to collect unemployment. As of 2011, you are eligible for partial unemployment in Kentucky if you work less than full-time and you earn less than 1 1/4 times your weekly benefit rate. You do not qualify if you work reduced hours due to illness or scheduling conflicts rather than because more hours are not available.

Wage Deduction

If you earn any money during a particular week, you must report it. Kentucky deducts 80 percent of your gross income for the week from your weekly benefit amount. For example, if you earn $100 during a particular week, Kentucky subtracts $80 from your benefit amount from that week. If your benefit amount is ordinarily $350, you would receive $270 during that week. You must report all self-employment income and part-time income so Kentucky can accurately calculate your benefit amount for each week.

Holiday and Vacation Pay

Some companies reimburse you for unused vacation days when you separate from your job, and some part-time jobs pay extra for holidays. If you received any holiday or vacation pay during a particular week, Kentucky subtracts it from your benefit amount. You must report this pay separately from your wages for the week. You must report any severance pay you received as well; however, Kentucky does not count severance pay against your benefit amount for the week.

Wage Reporting

You must report all income you receive for a week, including wages, tips, holiday or vacation pay and self-employment income. You can do this over the telephone each week. If you fail to report income and the Kentucky Unemployment Department finds out about it, you may be charged with fraud. In addition, you may be required to pay back any unemployment benefits you received as a result of your failure to report income.

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