Wisconsin Unemployment Weekly Claims
Once a candidate is deemed eligible, he/she will have to start filing weekly claims to continue receiving benefits.
The weekly claim certification is the claim that you file for a certain week for which you wish to receive unemployment benefits. As per UI rules, a calendar week always starts on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday. There is a precise set of requirements that candidates must meet in order to continue remaining eligible for UI.
Claimants are requested to file their weekly claim certification within ONE day of the end of the calendar week you are claiming. You cannot file in advance, i,e you can file your claim only after the week has ended.
If you end up filing a weekly claim certification more than 14 days after the last certification, the system will not let you file a weekly claim certification for a benefit payment. You must reapply to “reactivate” or “reopen” your claim to resume receiving your benefits.
Prepare to answer these questions while filing your weekly claim –
1. Were you able to work full-time and available for full-time work?
2. Did you contact at least two employers during the week to try to find work? (This question is not asked if your work search is waived.)
3. During the week, did you refuse work that was offered to you?
4. During the week, did you work or did you receive or will you receive sick pay, bonus pay or commission?
You will be told to enter the gross amount of income from each employer, including, sick pay, bonus pay and commissions. Do not include holiday, vacation or dismissal pay as wages.You will be told to enter the number of hours and the additional minutes for which you received or will receive pay from each employer.
5. Did you receive, or will you receive, holiday pay, vacation pay or dismissal pay for the week?
If yes, you will be asked to enter the gross amount of each type of pay from each employer. After the gross amount of each type of pay is entered, you will be told to enter the number of hours and the additional minutes for which you received or will receive that type of pay from each employer.
6. Were you self Employed?
If you were self employed i,e conducted a business of your own like farming, LLC, corporation or partnership etc then the answer is “YES”.
If you were into selling Avon, Amway, Tupperware etc mark “NO”. While this is usually considered as employment, the state may consider otherwise. Even if you mark “YES”, it should be okay. However the state may contact you with some questions.
7. Report any changes in the address.
To File a Weekly Claim Certification for a Benefit Payment –
Online: Visit Wisconsin Unemployment
Madison Area 608-261-9990
Milwaukee Area 414-438-5395
Toll Free Number 1-800-978-7887
Online and Automated Telephone Weekly Claim Systems timing:
Sunday 9:00 AM – Midnight
Monday-Friday 1:00 AM – Midnight
Saturday 1:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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