Kansas Unemployment Compensation laws & HR compliance analysis

Kansas Unemployment Compensation: What you need to know

Virtually all Kansas employers are subject to unemployment insurance taxes under the state’s Employment Security Law (KS Stat. Sec. 44-701 et seq.). For example, coverage extends to:
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• Anyone who, during the current or previous calendar year, employed at least one person for some part of a day in each of 20 different calendar weeks or paid wages of $1,500 in any calendar quarter;
• Any employer that acquires the trade or business of a covered employer;
• Any employer subject to the Federal Unemployment Tax Act;
• Agricultural employers that employed at least 10 or more individuals for some part of a day in each of 20 different calendar weeks or paid wages of $20,000 in any calendar quarter during the current or previous calendar year;
• Any employer of a domestic servant that paid $1,000 or more in a calendar quarter during the current or previous calendar year;
• Nonprofit organizations that employed four or more individuals in each of 20 different calendar weeks during the current or previous calendar year; and
• Employers that elected to be covered (KS Stat. Sec. 44-703).
The law excludes certain services from coverage, including, for example, services provided by:
• Students working for schools, colleges, or universities;
• Students working for work-study programs;
• Real estate and insurance salespersons;
• Solicitors paid solely by commission;
• Certain newspaper distributors (e.g. minors);
• Casual laborers if they earn less than $200 and work less than 24 days in a calendar quarter;
• Part-time workers who work for nonprofit entities if they earn less than $50 in a calendar quarter;
• Oil and gas contract pumpers; and
• Extras in a motion picture, television program, or commercial who work ...

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