You’re out of work and all you ask is that your unemployment benefits begin quickly. There are a few things that you can do to help speed up the process and make sure your claim goes smoothly through the system. The Kansas Department of Labor offers the following suggestions to help keep your unemployment claim moving.

Before you file your claim, make sure you have:

* The names and complete addresses of all your employers for the past 18 months, as well as your beginning and ending employment dates with those employers.

* The reason you’re out of work. Why you lost your job may have a bearing on whether you receive benefits. We’ll gather information from both you and your employer.

* Employed out of state? We’ll request wage information from the other state(s) and this will add time to getting your claim approved.

* Recently discharged from the military? We’re required to obtain a copy of your DD-214, Member 4.

* Federal employment? We’ll ask for a copy of your SF-50, W-2 or check stubs.

* In training or school? We’ll need to know if you’re attending classes or training on a schedule that makes you available for future employment.

Filing online is one of the fastest ways to complete the claim process. You can complete a claim online at www.uibenefits.dol.ks.gov provided you meet these criteria:

* In the past 18 months, you have not worked outside the state of Kansas.

* In the past 12 months, you have not filed an unemployment claim with another state.

* In the past 18 months, you have not been a member of the military or a federal employee.

What you can do to keep your claim moving:

* Complete and return all information requests promptly. The sooner we have answers to our questions, the sooner we can make a determination.

* Pay attention to information requests that appear on the “confirmation” page when you file your claim online. They must be printed, filled out and returned before we can make a determination on your claim.

* Watch your mailbox. We may send you requests for additional information. And if you move, let us know promptly.

* Send your information to the address or fax number indicated on our form.

* Print clearly, answer all the questions and explain yourself fully.

* Make sure your name and social security number are on all pages of correspondence.

* Be available when we schedule a call for your determination interview. It might come a little earlier or later in the day because of the length of other scheduled calls.

* Continue to file weekly claims while any investigations are underway.

What happens after you file:

* We’ll send you an “Unemployment Insurance Determination” (monetary determination) that lists the wages we used to establish whether you qualify for benefits and, if so, what that benefit amount will be if you are approved. The monetary determination does not necessarily mean that you will receive benefits.

* If you believe your wages are listed incorrectly or some of your wages are missing, contact the Unemployment Contact Center immediately.

* Be ready to provide proof of your correct wages by furnishing check stubs, W-2 statements or other documents.

File your unemployment claim online at www.uibenefits.dol.ks.gov or by calling:

Kansas City area (913) 596-3500

Topeka area (785) 575-1460

Wichita area (316) 383-9947

All other areas (800) 292-6333

The Unemployment Insurance Contact Center is open Monday through Friday from

7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.