Wisconsin Unemployment Benefit Questions
Do I have to report working if I have not been paid yet?
Yes. You must report working in every week that you work, no matter when you will be paid for the work. Also all wages must be reported on your weekly claim certification for the week in which they were earned, not in the week you are paid. If you do not report working in a week that you work, you could be penalized in addition to having to pay back any improperly received benefits. Keep track of your work and report it in time to avoid fraud.
I am currently unemployed and receiving unemployment. If I get a part time job, do I lose my unemployment?
No, the department uses a “partial wage formula” to compute your benefits each week that you have gross earnings. If your earnings would vary from week to week, so would your partial payments. But only the amount paid is subtracted from your remaining entitlement. If your working hours were cut and you work for less than 32 hours a week, you can claim UI benefits.
What is the best way to file a claim?
Filing your claim via Internet is the best and fastest option. This is because of the following reasons:
- There is no rush. You can take your time to fill out the online forms peacefully.
- Ample amount of help is available online. Its easier to review your answers on an online form too.
- You also have the provision to take a printout of the questions and answers and keep it for your records.
- Calling a claims specialist to complete your claim will be easier if done through the internet. This is because all the information a claim specialist needs will already be available online for them to review because your form was submitted online.
Can I receive unemployment benefits and social security retirement benefits in parallel?
Yes. Receiving social security benefits does not affect your eligibility to receive Wisconsin unemployment benefits. And vice versa. To find out more about how to qualify and apply for social security benefits visit www.socialsecurity.gov.
How long does it take for my first check to arrive post filing a claim?
If you qualify for unemployment benefits and if you have no pending eligibility questions on your claim, you will receive your first check within 7-10 days of filing your initial claim. You must also know about your waiting week. The waiting week is the first week for an individual’s benefit year during which he/she is eligible for UC but the benefits are not paid. Unless the initial claim is filed, the department will be unable to count your waiting week as served. This means that it is vital that your file your claim at the earliest post losing your job.
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