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State announces contract extension with Ernst & Young to help with unemployment claims

Posted at 4:43 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 18:47:52-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — The state will be extending its partnership with global accounting firm Ernst & Young through the end of the year.

The announcement was made during Governor Andy Beshear's COVID-19 briefing Tuesday. The state's previous contract with the accounting firm expired on Sunday.

Ernst & Young was retained this summer to help with the backlog on unemployment claims.

The state is hoping the contract extension with Ernst & Young will help cover the 70,000 unresolved claims that are still being disputed. They're also hoping the extension will prevent falling behind on new claims.

Officials say all of the contracts with Ernst & Young are being paid with CARES Act dollars.

Ernst & Young will provide 100 staffers each week for the next four weeks to help. Gov. Beshear says there are about 2,000 outstanding claims from March.