State Department of Labor Update Law Signed

Governor Laura Kelly has signed a bill to give the Kansas Legislature more oversight of the modernization of the state’s troubled unemployment system.

The bill Kelly signed will require the Kansas Department of Labor to complete computer upgrades by the end of 2022.

The new law calls for a 13-member council which will hire an independent firm to audit the impacts of fraudulent claims and improper payments beginning last year.

The audit will also look into the department’s response to those issues.

The bill passed unanimously in the Kansas House and Senate earlier this month.

Legislators in both parties say they have been flooded with calls and emails from unemployed people who are struggling to get benefits and can’t get through to the department.

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