Updated 4/14/2020
         

UPDATE: Wisconsin Unemployment Payments

         

BENEFITS AVAILABLE FOR EMPLOYEES
               
 

For an individual who is eligible for regular unemployment benefits following order of payment applies:

  • The individual must first apply for and receive regular unemployment . The amount and duration of these benefits are dependent on state law.

  • If the individual exhausts regular unemployment, the individual may then be eligible to receive an additional 13 weeks. 

  • If the individual exhausts their 13 weeks, the individual may then be eligible to receive extended benefits. The duration of these benefits is up to 13 or 20 weeks, dependent on the state’s unemployment rate and if state law includes a trigger for periods of high unemployment.

  • If the individual exhausts extended benefits, the individual may then be eligible to receive PUA

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
      
 

Wisconsin plans to start making these payments the week of April 26, 2020

     

These payments are automatic, DO NOT APPLY

      

FPUC is a temporary emergency increase of $600 per week in unemployment benefits.

         

  • Payment Amount:

    • $600 per week and is automatically added to benefit payments

      • ​If the individual is eligible to receive at least one dollar ($1) of underlying benefits for the claimed week, the claimant will receive the full $600 FPUC  

 ​             

  • First Payable Week:

    • Retroactive to week ending April 4, 2020 

     ​

  • Last Payable Week:

    • Week ending July 25, 2020 

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  • Other Information:
    • ​Individuals whose underlying benefit payments are intercepted to pay debts are eligible for the $600 payment, even if 100% of their weekly benefit amount is intercepted
    • Child support obligations must be deducted from payments in the same manner and to the same extent as these obligations are deducted from regular unemployment

  • An individual is not entitled to receive FPUC for a week in which the individual is ineligible for regular UC or the underlying benefit from another federal program​​ (No payment is available for your 'wait week'​)

See more FPUC frequently asked questions 

 
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
      

PEUC provides up to 13 additional weeks of payments to individuals who have exhausted their regular Unemployment benefits.

  • Available To Employees Who:

    • have exhausted all rights to regular compensation under state law or Federal law with respect to a benefit year that ended on or after July 1, 2019; 

    • have no rights to regular compensation with respect to a week under any other state UC law or Federal UC law, or to compensation under any other Federal law; 

    • are not receiving compensation with respect to a week under the UC law of Canada; and 

    • are able to work, available to work, and actively seeking work, while recognizing that states must provide flexibility in meeting the “actively seeking work” requirement if individuals are unable to search for work because of COVID-19, including because of illness, quarantine, or movement restriction

       ​

  • Payment Amount:

    • Same as individual's regular unemployment benefit

          ​

  • First Payable Week:

    • Retroactive to week ending April 4, 2020 (or the first week after an individual exhausts regular unemployment, whichever is later)

          ​

  • Last Payable Week:
    • Week Ending December 26, 2020

          ​

  • Eligibility

    • For purposes of PEUC eligibility, an individual is deemed to have exhausted benefits when:  

      • no payments of regular UC may be made under state law because such individual has received all available regular UC based on employment or wages during such individual’s base period; or

      • the individual’s right to such regular UC has been terminated by reason of the expiration of the benefit year with respect to which such rights existed (excluding any benefit year that ended before July 1, 2019)

  • This benefit (program) prohibits Wisconsin from changing the computation method governing regular unemployment law in a way that results in the reduction of average weekly benefit amounts or the number of weeks of benefits payable 

         

  • The federal supplement would not affect eligibility for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program

           

See PEUC frequently asked questions 

    

 
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
      

Wisconsin has started taking applications April 21, 2020

PUA provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance

  • Available To Employees & Individuals Lacking Sufficient Work History Who:

    • ​is not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits under pandemic emergency unemployment compensation (PEUC)​ and affected by COVID-19

    • is diagnosed with COVID-19 or with COVD-19 symptom sand seeking diagnosis,

    • has a member of their household that was diagnosed with COVID-19

    • is providing care to a household or family member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

    • is providing care for family or household member diagnosed with COVID-19

    • is the primary caregiver for child unable to attend school or another facility closed due to COVID-19

    • quit a job as a direct result of COVID-19

    • is unable to reach place of employment due to an imposed quarantine or because advised by medical provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19

    • is scheduled to commence new employment and cannot reach workplace as direct result of COVID-19

    • has become the major breadwinner because head of household died from COVID-19

    • ​is seeking part-time employment but affected by COVID-19

    • lacks sufficient work history and affected by COVID-19, or

    • if your employment closed as a direct result of COVID-19

             ​

  • An individual “lacking sufficient work history” is an individual:

    • with a recent attachment to the labor force, and

    • who does not have sufficient wages in covered employment during the last 18 months to establish a claim under regular unemployment, and 

    • who became unemployed or partially unemployed because of one of the COVID-19 related reasons identified above

  ​

  • Payment Amount:

    • Minimum weekly benefit amount: $163

    • Maximum weekly benefit amount: $370

       ​

  • First Payable Week:

    • Retroactive to week ending February 8, 2020 (or the first week after an individual is out of work due to COVID-19, whichever is later)

          ​

  • Last Payable Week:
    • Week Ending December 26, 2020

          ​

  • Eligibility

    • For purposes of PEUC eligibility, an individual is deemed to have exhausted benefits when:  

      • no payments of regular unemployment may be made under state law because such individual has received all available regular unemployment based on employment or wages during such individual’s base period; or

      • the individual’s right to such regular unemployment has been terminated by reason of the expiration of the benefit year with respect to which such rights existed (excluding any benefit year that ended before July 1, 2019)

See PUA frequently asked questions 

    

 

Tipped Employees

           

 

Under federal law, tips are considered part of compensation for unemployment. However, if employers fail to follow the law and do not accurately report tip income, it might lower state unemployment benefits for those workers, or, in extreme cases, cause them not to have enough recent income to qualify for unemployment under state law.

       

Under the CARES Act, tipped workers who qualify for unemployment will all receive the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, an additional $600 a week payment, on top of their state unemployment payment like any other worker receiving unemployment benefits. 

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