The following three groups do not have to search for work while they are receiving unemployment insurance benefits:
- People who are members of a union with a hiring hall,
- People who have a definite return to work date that is within 16 weeks of the date they filed for benefits, and
- People who are in a labor dispute/strike with their employer
New Work Search Requirements
The Kentucky General Assembly enacted changes to the state’s unemployment insurance program during the 2022 regular session through House Bill 4 after overriding Governor Beshear’s veto of the bill. Work search reporting requirements will change on Jan. 1, 2023. See the flyers below for details.
It is up to the claimant to keep all documentation. If you receive a Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance audit notice on your claim, YOU MUST provide the supporting work search documentation for all weeks being audited. Failure to maintain those records could result in the denial of benefits and or an overpayment.
It is your responsibility to maintain all of your unemployment records.
Claimant Guide: Your Rights & Responsibilities When Claiming Unemployment Insurance Benefits
(Currently being updated to reflect the new HB4 law)
Need more information about 2023 unemployment insurance changes? Visit the Claimant Frequently Asked Questions