DWD seeks to waive unemployment waiting period

Posted at 11:47 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 13:45:37-05

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is taking steps towards creating an emergency rule that would waive the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits.

The previous waiver, which was created under the 2019 Wisconsin Act 185, expired on Feb. 6, 2021.

The emergency rule is intended to bridge the need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Claimants would not have to wait a week to begin receiving unemployment benefits.

The rule would also give relief to employers ensuring that 50 percent of first-week benefit payments are federally funded.

Without a waiver, first-week benefit payments must be charged to or reimbursed by employers.

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