This webinar counts as LIVE CLE credit in Kansas.
Please join us for the first in a series of three FREE CLE Webinars in partnership with Kansas Legal Services.
This CLE Series is generously sponsored by the Kansas Bar Foundation.
Unemployment Issues During COVID-19
Tuesday, June 23rd at Noon CDT
The COVID-19 shutdown has resulted in 188,000 Kansans filing for unemployment. Benefits have been expanded, but what about denials? What is the denial and appeal process? Who qualifies under the old standards and the extended standards? In the coming months, not only will the denials brought on prior to the shutdown be back in question, but many Kansans have been denied benefits after spending weeks attempting to apply. We expect a flood of questions that every practitioner should be able to answer after this program. After learning the basics, attorneys can assist KLS with unemployment claims and future clinics that may raise these questions.
Gaye is a partner at Hite, Fanning & Honeyman where she concentrates her practice on employer/employee disputes and federal court litigation. She received her education from Baylor University, cum laude, in 1982. She received her J.D. in 1986 from the University Of Texas School Of Law. She was admitted to the Texas and Kansas bars in 1987. She is a member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Kansas Women Attorneys Association and the Wichita Women Attorneys Association. Gaye serves on the board of the Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and on the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys and the Ethics Committee for the Wichita Bar Association. She is on the board of directors for the Bright House, a domestic violence shelter in Reno and Rice counties and Hutchinson Theater Guild. Gaye has been named "Super Lawyer" in Employment Law and also has routinely been named a "Best Lawyer in America" for employment matters.
Heather Wilke is a Topeka native and third-generation Washburn University School of Law graduate. She graduated from Topeka West High School in 1994, received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas in 1997, and her Juris Doctor in 2000. She is admitted to practice in Kansas, Massachusetts, and Missouri.
She has spent the bulk of her legal career at the Kansas Department of Labor, starting as a law clerk in 1999 when it was still the Kansas Department of Human Resources. As a staff attorney she worked with different areas of the Agency’s unemployment program, providing support to the unit responsible for collecting overpayments, the unemployment tax division, and defending decisions by the Employment Security Board of Review on judicial review. She provided support to the Division of Workers Compensation Fraud and Abuse Unit and the Agency’s Employment Standards Unit in seeking civil enforcement of orders related to those programs. She has also served as the Agency’s Open Records Officer and Records Retention Officer.
In 2011, she began working in the Office of Appeals as an Appeals Referee in addition to serving as a staff attorney. She continued to serve in both roles until 2019, and continues to serve as an Appeals Referee.