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Kentucky extends unemployment benefits, includes independent contractors, substitute teachers

Gov. Andy Beshear provided Kentuckians with several updates during his daily 5 p.m. briefing on Wednesday evening. The Governor announced 35 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total up to 198 confirmed cases and five deaths.

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Beshear is changing the requirements for Kentuckians to be able to file for unemployment. The new requirements will provide unemployment insurance to tens of thousands of Kentuckians who would typically be ineligible to receive benefits.

Those who can now apply include those who are self-employed, independent contractors, substitute teachers, childcare workers employed by religious-affiliated organizations and non-profits, cosmetologists, barbers, hair stylists, personal trainers and others who don’t contribute to or receive benefits from the joint state-federal unemployment insurance system.

This means that so many of you out there who were worried are now able to file, and we want you to,” Beshear said in the press conference.

Here’s a look at the expanded eligibility:


The government is urging all new applicants to follow a schedule released by the administration last week, which is based on the first initial of their last name: Sunday, A-D; Monday, E-H; Tuesday, I-L; Wednesday, M-P; Thursday, Q-U; Friday, V-Z.

Those who are now eligible under the new policy but already missed their day can (and should) file on Thursday by calling (502)875-0442 or by visiting the Kentucky Career’s Center unemployment benefits page at Those who have already applied since March 6 do not need to reapply.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

5 Comments for Kentucky extends unemployment benefits, includes independent contractors, substitute teachers

  1. JASUN74
    8:06 pm March 25, 2020 Permalink

    That’s Kentucky taking care of Kentucky right there. I know thirty or more guys and gals who work for cash and can’t right now. It’s getting more and more real everyday. God bless all of you all here and I’m praying for every single person! Stay safe out there, I know a lot still have to be out of the home most the time, just take care of yourself!

    • RealCatsFan
      10:27 am March 27, 2020 Permalink

      Jasun, if we had a LIKE button, I would use it right here.

  2. makeitstop
    11:01 pm March 25, 2020 Permalink

    It’s not like Beshear is doing this, it’s in the bill. 1099 independent contractors are covered and tips, commissions, etc are included in compensation. And who best to get the money to u? Ur employer, who can now get a non recourse loan to pay u until they re-open or get back to 100%. It gets money in the hands of workers fastest. Of course we have to take out crazy stuff like board of directors diversity, carbon neutral airlines, and funding for NEA, NPR and Amtrak but hopefully it’ll pass this week to keep people paid, rent made and our retirement from disappearing.

  3. makeitstop
    11:23 pm March 25, 2020 Permalink

    And Maggie, ur about my daughter’s age so this may sound patronizing and really it’s the opposite: when a politician says he or she is doing something “for” the people u should ask: 1) who’s paying; 2) who actually authorized it (executives almost never can); 3) how much will it cost me or my family and 4) what are the unintended consequences? There are always unintended consequences like higher premiums or incentives to stay out of the workforce longer and less tax revenue to pay the teachers or whatever. Politicians never think about how humans react to stimuli apart from votes. Reporters should. It’s worth what u paid for it but that’s gray hair talking. Good luck.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:30 am March 27, 2020 Permalink

      There are going to be consequences and repercussions that go way beyond what is being discussed here. Think about the medical bills people are going to face if they spend just a little time in an ICU. Think about the increase in mental health issues coming down the pike, the spike in homelessness as people are bankrupted. This thing could end tomorrow and it would still leave a huge gash across our nation that will take many years to heal. This thing will make 9/11 look like an inconvenience.