The Bottom Line: Contract workers, the self-employed can file for unemployment

By Jacqueline Pitts, The Bottom Line

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky is opening unemployment insurance benefits to many across the state that were previously ineligible.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday evening that business owners, those who are self-employed, independent contract workers, substitute teachers, and many others will now be able to receive unemployment insurance benefits.

He stated anyone who has already applied for the benefits and been denied because they fall in this category will not have to apply again and their claim will be addressed. If an individual has not yet filed, they will need to do so based on the schedule the state has put out for filing on a certain date based on your last name.

Learn more about other executive orders Beshear has put out to deal with the coronavirus here:

Closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses as Kentucky reaches 163 positive COVID-19 cases

Clothing, entertainment, sporting good and other non-essential retail closed

Gyms, nail and hair salons, theaters, spas, and other facilities required to close

Medicaid expanded to those losing their jobs due to coronavirus

State measures enacted to flatten the curve


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