Employment Services Industry Licensing Guide
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Kentucky Employment Agency

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Licensing requirements for Kentucky employment, staffing and talent agencies.

This page provides an overview of employment services licensing in Kentucky for individuals and agencies. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Companies that provide employment services in Kentucky must apply for a license prior to doing business. Depending on the services offered, businesses may need to apply for more than one license type, and in some cases, an individual license will be required as well.

Company Licenses

Kentucky Employment Services Company Licenses

Kentucky Employee Leasing Company Registration

Agency:Kentucky Labor Cabinet - Department of Workers' Claims
Law:

KRS § 342.615

Fact Checked:5/18/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Employee Leasing Application

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:
  • Must report workers’ compensation policies issued to the employee leasing company or its predecessor(s) that have been cancelled or non-renewed within the last five (5) years
Required Attachments:
  • List, by jurisdiction, of each and every name Lessor has operated under in preceding five years including any
    alternative names and names of predecessors or successors
  • List of each and every person or entity currently owning a five percent or greater interest in the employee leasing company
  • List of each and every person or entity formerly owning a five percent or greater interest in the employee leasing company or its predecessors, successors or alter egos in the preceding five years
Fact Checked:5/18/21

Registration Renewal

Form:

Employee Leasing Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Annually

Required Attachments:
  • List, by jurisdiction, of each and every name Lessor has operated under in preceding five years including any
    alternative names and names of predecessors or successors
  • List of each and every person or entity currently owning a five percent or greater interest in the employee leasing company
  • List of each and every person or entity formerly owning a five percent or greater interest in the employee leasing company or its predecessors, successors or alter egos in the preceding five years
Fact Checked:5/19/21

Supplemental Reporting
Lessee Information Disclosure

Form:

Form EL-2: Lessee Information Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 90 days of initial registration and every 6 months from the anniversary of the registration.

Notes:

Every Kentucky Lessee whose workers' compensation insurance coverage for leased employees, as required by KRS 342.340 and KRS 342.640, is provided by an insurance policy in the name of the Employee Leasing Company or related entity must submit this form periodically.

Fact Checked:5/18/21

Kentucky Employment Agency License

Not required



Employment Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Kentucky.

Kentucky Talent Agency License

Not required



Talent Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Kentucky.

Employee Leasing Company - Enter into leasing contracts with other businesses that require labor. The leasing company loans its workers to the lessee while still providing specified responsibilities, such as workers compensation insurance, to the employees. This includes long term (6 months or more) temporary arrangements but often excludes temporary help arrangements. Unlike professional employer organizations, employee leasing companies are contracted when an employer needs to hire staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Employment Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment for a person.

Professional Employer Organization - PEOs take on the human resources role for businesses and act as a co-employer in the sense that the client company's workers are administratively employees of the PEO but functionally these employees are controlled by the client company. Unlike employee leasing companies, PEOs are contracted when an employer already has staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Staffing Agency - An entity that procures temporary or part-time employment for a person who then works under the supervision of a worksite employer.

Talent Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment or placement for an artist. (Certain art forms are excluded)

American Staffing Association
Staffing, recruiting, and workforce solution industry advocacy group.

National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS)
Education and training oriented association for personnel services providers.

National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
Provides advocacy efforts, information, and other services to members of the employment industry.

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