The unemployment issue in the State of Kansas is a disaster. When the Governor closed businesses with her China Virus Executive Order, the Kansas Department of Labor was totally unprepared. Claims immediately jumped to huge proportions as businesses closed, yet the KDOL failed to anticipate the need of staffing and computer security.
As claims mounted, individuals have failed to receive reasonable processing of claims, to provide hearings, or even get answered on the phone. By April of 2021 the situation has financially ruined many individuals whose claims go unpaid.
Next, despite warnings from the FBI and the Legislature, KDOL failed to ensure safety of their computer systems and were hacked by foreign nationals. The estimate is that over 600 million dollars in fraudulent claims were paid to banks in Africa, Europe and Asia.
This also means that many identity thefts have harmed individuals and businesses by impacting their tax status or a business unemployment fund payments.
Please read the letter below that was sent to the Governor demanding appropriate and immediate action.
Please note that I was the first to sign this letter on behalf of the Republican Caucus. This has to be fixed now!
The House of Representatives has taken steps to help claimants and you are encouraged to reach out to me at by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 785-296-7677. My office assistant will work with you to get your claim worked or direct you to your own senator or representative if you are in another district.