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New law sets Unemployment benefits change in Wisconsin

Updated : February 5th, 2021

With the start of the New Year, a new waiting period for unemployment benefits begins in Wisconsin. The change is a part of the 2011-2013 state budget. A new state budget provision has been implemented in which the Wisconsinites will receive unemployment benefits after a one week waiting period.

The waiting period before jobless people can start collecting unemployment benefits is likely to save the state an estimated $45 million a year. This new provision will affect the newly unemployed and also those already receiving benefits. In some cases, it will consequence in a jobless worker receiving one less check than he or she have under the previous system. About, more than three dozen other states have instituted a waiting period.

As per Wausau Daily Herald, anyone already collecting benefits will be put through the one week period when their 52 week benefit year ends. Unemployed workers are entitled for 86 weeks of jobless benefits in Wisconsin and the highest weekly benefit rate is $363.

According to State labor officials, the delay will save an expected $45.2 million a year. Moreover the additional time will allow determining eligibility and reduce improper payments by pushing the payment schedule back. John Dipko, communications director for State Department of Workforce Development said, “The waiting week is one step being taken to address a structural deficit in the unemployment insurance fund and to move the fund toward solvency”.

Ken King, executive director of Family Service Association in Sheboygam said that the delay could cause additional strain for unemployed if they haven’t budgeted for it. “It’s unfortunate, but they’re probably going to have to rely heavier on the food pantries to get them over the hump with that one-week delay,” said King, whose agency offers money management counseling.

Dipko said that if a person is out of work for four weeks then that person would have to wait for one week to start collecting benefits and then collect three weeks of jobless benefits for unemployed. As per him, people will be informed about which week will serve as their waiting week.

As per Rick Skutak, a business agent for the Teamsters Local 662 in Mosinee, the change could end up hurting not just unwaged employees but also employers. When companies request temporary call off of their workers, they first ask for volunteers with the most seniority. If a worker’s unemployment benefit is postponed by a week, he or she is less liable to volunteer for a layoff, according to Skutak.

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  1. If I’m laid off and I go back to work for three or four weeks and get laid off again do I have to do the one week waiting period before I can collect again?

  2. I was informed by the automated phone system that my claim for last week 06/12/2021 was not processed due to an outstanding issue on said claim. I have tried for four days to reach a human to assist me in this matter. It’s been impossible! Please help.

    1. Anne,

      Wish we could do something for you. This is a private forum. Please continue following up regularly. You can perhaps write them an email.

  3. I am trying to request payments from aug 2015 up until 2017 I never received a debit card and just assumed that I was denied. So i did not request payment but would like to now

    1. Katrina,

      That period is past and you might not be able to claim retroactively. Please write the office an email if you wish to.

  4. Ive provided documents that were needed and i have not receive any type of response i have went without benefits for 6 weeks could someone please contact me

    1. Sondra,

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim. Please follow up with the office directly.

  5. To whom it may concern, Please what is wrong with the site to claim weeks? I am at the Career Source and they said it has been acting up for 2 days. I am frustrated so I can imagine how many others are like me. I was laid off 4/16/2021. My UI is showing active but still under review. Is there anything you need from me to get this going? I will give it to you. Please July rent coming up. I am tapped from asking from family to get me thru now. Please please please any answers for me? I am begging right now. I can not be late on rent or they will not renew my lease when it is time. I can not move, to costly. I have been here for 20 years. Please any suggestions. I will pay back July rent if my UI goes thru. No reason why it shouldn’t. Please help. Thanks again, Kay

    1. Kay,

      It must be a tough time for you. This is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim. Please chase the Office directly.

  6. I just filed for my first weeks benefit and am trying to change the payment method. It does not give me the verify who you are questions?

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