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Wisconsin Unemployment Job Search Requirements

When you apply for weekly certification, you will be asked to show your work search efforts for the week. This makes sure that UI benefit applicants are in constant search of a job and are not living off unemployment benefits. Read on to know more about job search requirements in the state of Wisconsin. If you have your work search document ready go ahead and apply for your weekly certification.

The department can decide if you need to search for work or not based on various factors. You must look for work each week unless the department clearly tells you that your work search is “waived” and that you do not have to look for work.

You may be told that you do not have to look for work if -

  • You are definitely returning to full-time work after a temporary lay-off for a recent employer
  • You are a member (in good standing) of a trade union that operates a hiring hall or referral system and has signed an agreement with the department.

In some cases, you will not have to look for work if you are working part-time. Do not stop looking for work just because you start working part-time. Call a Claims Specialist to find out if your part-time work allows us to waive your work search.

Remember, if you do not make an adequate search for work, you may lose benefits. If applying for Wisconsin UI Benefits from another state and Wisconsin tells you to register for work or report in person, you should go to the public employment office nearest your home.

Weekly Job Search Requirements -

  • If you are told that you have to look for work, you must contact two employers every week.
  • If you have to look for work, the claim confirmation document will provide you with detailed work search instructions.
  • The back of the claim confirmation form provides an example of the information needed to document your work search. Be sure to include all of the required information.
  • Your work search documentation may be reviewed, so be sure to keep a good record. Falsely reporting any information on your work search form may be an act of concealment.
  • Attending a reemployment program as suggested by the department of unemployment will be considered as work search contact for the week.

Reemployment Programs

If you do not have a recall date to return to work for any employer, you may have to participate in special reemployment programs which are intended to help you find a new job early in your claim.

Participation in any of these required reemployment programs will satisfy your work search for the week in which you participate. However, attending other employment workshops on your own can only be considered one work search contact, even if the workshop is conducted by a Job Center.

Once you have been notified, you must participate in these reemployment programs. If you have been scheduled for a reemployment program and you do not go, you may lose benefits. If you cannot attend a scheduled program or have already missed one, contact the Job Center immediately to reschedule.

Not sure how much you can receive as unemployment compensation? Calculate your unemployment benefits.

Questions & Answers

  1. Keara Johnson says:

    If I was fired due to attendance while I was out on Bereavement leave, will I still be considered for unemployment benefits?

    • Adrian says:

      If you lost the job due to no fault of your own,you can qualify.

      You should be able to justify in case of a dispute.

  2. Debbie Schmidt says:

    If I am seeking full time work and a temp place wants to meet with me about possible employment will it be considered an offer of work and would I lose my benefits.

    • Adrian says:

      You may not really loose the benefits but there will an effect.

      Please check with the labor dept in your state.

  3. Christine says:

    If I am laid off due to a seasonal business closing and will be returning to work for the same employer, can I go on vacation while claiming unemployment in Wisconsin?

    • Adrian says:

      Seasonal workers are usually not entitled to unemployment compensation due to the nature of work.Please call the customer service of the labor department in your state to check if there are any other benefits available.

  4. Connie Roberge says:

    In order to remain qualified for unemployment benefits, how far does one have to travel to work for a minimum wage job through a temporary agency before declining?

  5. Francs Pirman says:

    If I am offered a part time job (3 hours a day a $8 per hour) and don’t accept it will I lose my unemployment?

  6. barbara talbert says:

    I need work search form to keep track of my job searches how can I obtain one

  7. DONNA TURNER says:

    I want to know how to do these jobs claim to continue to get my benefits,i never receive re,ceive any forms for job claims,, I don’t understand what you guys want me to do, iam using my mother computer

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