Wisconsin Unemployment Weekly Claims
Once you are termed eligible to receive UI benefits, you have to start your weekly claim certification.
A weekly claim certification is the claim you file for a certain calendar week when you want to receive an unemployment payment for that week. A calendar week for UI purposes always starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday. There are a set of requirements needed to be fulfilled failing which you will not receive any benefits.
You must file a weekly claim certification within 14 days of the end of the calendar week you are claiming, but you cannot file your claim for a week until 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?
Answer “YES” if you are self-employed or operating your own business, i.e. farming, partnership, LLC or corporation.
Answer “NO” if you are selling Avon, Amway, Tupperware, etc. This is normally considered employment and you would report the income as wages. However, if you feel this is self-employment, answer “YES” and the Department will contact you for further information.
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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