KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas Department of Labor went live Tuesday morning with a new application process for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (PUA).

Several Kansans told 41 Action News they experienced issues accessing the site Tuesday morning.

The state of Kansas has battled with technical issues related to unemployment claims since they began to skyrocket in March. State officials blame an “antiquated system” for the problems.

PUA expands benefits to those who are not traditionally eligible, such as self-employed workers, independent contractors and gig workers.

To apply, applicants need to provide proof of their quarterly earnings during 2019.

The KDOL recommends people have this list of documents ready when they apply:

  • 2019 tax returns
  • 2019 1099 forms
  • Paycheck stubs
  • Bank receipts
  • Ledgers
  • Contracts
  • Invoices and/or billing statements

The department has a list of frequently asked questions available about the assistance.

 

*By Emma James via KSHB.com*