More out-of-work Kentuckians whose employment has been affected by the coronavirus crisis will now be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Gov. Andy Beshear announced during his daily press briefing on Wednesday that contract workers, gig economy workers, cosmetologists and substitute teachers are among those who will now be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. Also now eligible are independent contractors, small business owners, childcare workers from churches and anyone who has had to leave their job because of self-quarantine due to reasonable risk of exposure or who had to leave their job on paid leave in order to care for a family member affected by COVID-19.
“This means that so many of you who are out there who are worried are now able to file and we want you to,” he said. “If you have already filed because we asked you to, you don’t need to do anything else. If you have not filed … we want you to follow the schedule that we put out for this week for people to sign up for unemployment.”
Beshear said those whose day to file has passed, based upon his filing schedule, should attempt to file on Thursday or the earliest possible day.
Beshear took ownership of many of the now unemployed workers who may have lost their jobs in the wake of the response to the COVID-19 crisis. He said “there is zero stigma, zero, to being on public assistance right now,” and urged Kentuckians to file for unemployment benefits if needed.
“I want you to sign up for unemployment,” he said. “I want to make sure that you have enough to get through this. Knowing the ramifications of the decisions I’ve made, and it’s on me, I want to make sure that you get through this in a good place.”