The pandemic has taught us that in a crisis, the social safety net for Kansas simply won't cover everyone.
Sadly, news about tech glitches and cancelled hearings persist.
What's important . . . These stories are coming from working people who paid into the system year after year and got NOTHING in return.
Here's one more cautionary tale . . .
After a year of uploading documents, calling, emailing, she had a hearing scheduled with KDOL last Thursday to determine her benefit amount. She said no one from the department informed her the hearing would be canceled due to last week's winter storm.
She is waiting once again for an answer on when — or if – payment might come.
"They've got to have some kind of compassion," she said. "They've got to understand."
A department spokeswoman said she could not talk directly about the case without a notarized release form but did say "further communication is forthcoming for affected claimants" after hearings were canceled last week due to the winter storm.
Additionally, she said people needing help should continue to contact KDOL's assistance center.
"I've been patient since November of 2020," she said. "We're in 2022 now."
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
Patrice Harris is traveling to the Washington, D.C. area this week to attend her father's funeral. She hoped to have money from the Kansas Department of Labor in her bank account to help pay for expenses to attend.Harris, a hairstylist, has remained out of work during the pandemic as she has taken care of her 92-year-old mother.After a year of uploading documents, calling, emailing, Harris had a hearing scheduled with KDOL last Thursday to determine her benefit amount.