Kansas Legislature

HB 2570

AN ACT concerning employment security law; relating to the definition of benefit year, temporary unemployment, wages subject to assessment for employer contributions, statewide average annual wage and statewide average weekly wage; referencing certain new definitions for purposes of the annual determination by the secretary of the maximum weekly benefit amount; requiring electronic filing of wage reports, contribution returns and payments and interest assessments for employers with 25 or more employees; establishing minimum qualifications for candidates for membership on the employment security board of review and initial review of such candidates by the director of unemployment; extending when the mandatory combination of rates and the establishment of a new account due to a business acquisition must occur from the beginning of the following quarter to the beginning of the following year; making certain changes to the schedules governing employer contribution rates; removing obsolete language pertaining to the employment security interest assessment fund and abolishing such fund; requiring the secretary to create an audit process within the new unemployment insurance information technology system to permit employers to submit reports regarding work search, the my reemployment plan and claimants who do not provide notification or appear for scheduled interviews; providing for notices by the secretary to active employers regarding work search noncompliance reporting options; confirming the legislative coordinating council's authority to extend the new unemployment insurance information technology system's implementation date retroactively and as often as deemed appropriate by the council; requiring the secretary to notify the council of the need for an extension; authorizing the secretary to extend temporary unemployment for limited periods upon request by employers and allowing for additional temporary unemployment when requested by employers engaged in certain industries; requiring the secretary to annually post on the secretary's website certain additional calculations and data and to prepare an annual certification memorandum; changing the timing of employer benefit charge notices from annually to quarterly; removing the exemption for benefit charges less than $100; providing that school bus drivers employed by private contractors are eligible for workshare; allowing a one-time write off for negative account balance employers by the secretary of such employers negative reserve account balance as of August 21, 2025; extending the publication deadline for contribution rate tables prepared by the secretary; providing that the secretary suspend state unemployment benefits for claimants who are receiving federal unemployment benefits; amending K.S.A. 44-704, 44-705, 44-706, 44-709, 44-710, 44-710b, 44-717, 44-757, 44-771, 44-772 and 44-774 and K.S.A. 2023 Supp. 44-703, 44-710a and 44-775 and repealing the existing sections.

House - Conference Committee Report was adopted; - 04/05/2024

On roll call the vote was:

Yea - (123):

Alcala, Amyx, Anderson, Awerkamp, Ballard, Barth, Bergkamp, Bergquist, Blew, Blex, Bloom, Borjon, Bryce, Buehler, Butler, Carlin, Carmichael, B. Carpenter, W. Carpenter, Carr, Clifford, Collins, Concannon, Corbet, Croft, Curtis, Delperdang, Dodson, Droge, Ellis, Eplee, Essex, Estes, Fairchild, Featherston, Francis, Gardner, Goddard, Goetz, Haskins, Haswood, Hawkins, Helgerson, Highberger, Hill, Hoffman, Hoheisel, Hougland, Howe, Howell, Howerton, Hoye, Humphries, Jacobs, Johnson, Kessler, Landwehr, Lewis, Martinez, Mason, Maughan, McDonald, McNorton, Melton, Meyer, D. Miller, S. Miller, V. Miller, Minnix, Moser, Murphy, Neelly, Neighbor, Ohaebosim, Oropeza, Osman, Ousley, Owens, Penn, Pickert, Poetter Parshall, Poskin, Probst, Proctor, Rahjes, Resman, Rhiley, Robinson, Roth, L. Ruiz, S. Ruiz, Sanders, Sawyer, Sawyer Clayton, Schlingensiepen, Schmoe, Schreiber, Seiwert, A. Smith, C. Smith, E. Smith, Stiens, Stogsdill, Sutton, Tarwater, Thomas, Thompson, Titus, Turk, Turner, Underhill, Vaughn, Waggoner, Wasinger, Waymaster, Weigel, White, K. Williams, L. Williams, Winn, Woodard, Xu, Younger,

Nay - (0):

Present but not Voting - (0):

Absent and Not Voting - (2):

Garber, Houser,

Not Voting - (0):