Here’s where to go now that Kansas’ unemployment website is back

Unemployment Situation

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Kansas Department of Labor’s website is back online, after being down for those who need to file for unemployment benefits.

A spokesperson for KDOL told KSNT News that everyone filing for unemployment will have to register on the updated website as if it’s their first time doing so. Everyone’s old usernames and passwords no longer work.

KDOL sent out a guide to getting started on its updated website, which can be viewed below. Click here to download it.

The Kansas Department of Labor shut down their website for three days beginning Saturday, Jan. 30, to implement a new security system from LexisNexis to fight fraudulent unemployment claims.

“A lot of bad people are out there taking advantage of other people’s misery during this process and trying to enrich themselves,” cybersecurity expert Aaron Crawford said. “This is going to help the department of labor to quickly identify this, remove it out of the stack, not waste time.”

When someone files an unemployment claim, the system will scan the information that is inputted to see if any of it is false or does not add up, and will flag it for the department’s staff to investigate, according to Crawford. This will drastically quicken the claim process, as the staff will not have to go through each individual claim manually.

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