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REASONABLE ASSURANCE FOR EMPLOYERS

What is Reasonable Assurance?
Who is considered a School Employee?
What Are the Factors in Determining Reasonable Assurance?
How do I notify Employees of Reasonable Assurance?
How Do I Get Additional Information?


What is Reasonable Assurance?

Reasonable assurance is a written or verbal agreement by the employer that the employee will perform services in the same or similar capacity during the next academic year, term or remainder of a term. This agreement can be written, verbal or implied, and does not have to be the same school or educational service agency.

School employees and educators may be entitled to collect unemployment insurance but have different criteria to determine eligibility for unemployment insurance.

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Who is considered a School Employee?

For unemployment purposes, a school employee is a person who works for or provides services for an educational institution or an educational service agency that contracts work to schools.

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What Are the Factors in Determining Reasonable Assurance?

The Department of Labor will consider several things when determining if reasonable assurance exists. These may include:

  • The past employer/employee relationship
  • An established understanding that the employee will return to work
  • If the employee has placed his/her name on a list of available workers
  • Whether the employee has reason to believe he/she will not be called back
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How Do I Notify Employees of Reasonable Assurance?

Notice should include clear verbiage giving the individual reasonable assurance.

  • Business/employer name
  • Date
  • Employee’s name
  • Issuer’s name and position
  • Starting date of school year
  • Ending date of school year
  • Dates of any scheduled vacations
  • Dates of any holiday periods
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How Do I Get Additional Information?

Kansas City Area......... 913-596-3500
Topeka Area................ 785-575-1460
Wichita Area................ 316-383-9947
Toll–free number outside the local calling areas: 800-292-6333
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Disclaimer: The information listed here does not have the effect of law or regulations, but may help answer questions you have about your claim. If you have questions or a problem with your claim that is not covered on this site, please contact the Unemployment Contact Center.