WI Unemployment Update

From the Wisconsin Unemployment Website 4/7

If you are unemployed and you’ve worked for a covered employer (an employer who pays UI tax) in the last 18 months – please apply for unemployment insurance now at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/apply.

If you are filing because of the CARES Act (Federal Stimulus Bill) – e.g. self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others we are asking you to wait to file* because our system is not yet set up to accept your application. We are waiting on additional guidance from USDOL. We expect those changes to be complete by mid-to late-April. We understand how important it is to get these payments to you as quickly as possible, and we are doing everything we can to get you the help you need. There is no need to call the Unemployment Insurance Call Center at this time. The department will announce when you are able to start filing your initial claim. We will have the most up-to-date information at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/caresact.

*It is important to note that benefits will start from the time you became eligible for unemployment, not from the time your application is submitted or approved. This is also true of the additional $600 per week.