Bill signed by Kansas governor gives deadline for unemployment system upgrades

Unemployment Situation

TOPEKA (AP) – Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a bipartisan bill to give the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature more oversight of the modernization of the state’s troubled unemployment system.

The bill Kelly signed on Monday will require the Kansas Department of Labor to complete computer upgrades by the end of 2022. The new law also calls for an audit of the impact of fraudulent claims and improper payments beginning last year.

The state has acknowledged a flood of fraudulent unemployment claims and attempts by scammers and internet bots to access the system.

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