Work Search and Registration Waiver Changes

In order to help more Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants transition back to employment quickly, effective June 14, 2015, the system of waiving work search requirements for claimants who expect recall from their employers has been revised to implement revisions to DWD Chapter 126 and 127.  Highlights of the revisions include:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I required to search for work and register with Wisconsin Job Service when I will be recalled by my employer?
You are subject to recall with your employer, but will not return to work within 8 weeks of your initial claim for Unemployment Benefits.
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Your 8-week work search waiver period has expired and you have not been recalled to your employer.
What are the requirements for performing an active work search?
Please refer to the following section of the Handbook for Claimants: Work Search, Registration for Work and Re-employment Services.
Why am I required to register with Wisconsin Job Service but the work search requirement is waived?
If you are still working but eligible for partial Unemployment Benefit payments, you are required to register for work with Wisconsin Job Service. This is required to help more UI claimants transition back to full employment quickly.
Can the 8-week work search waiver be extended?
Yes. The 8-week waiver can be extended by an additional 4 weeks upon the employer verification that you will be recalled to work within 4 weeks. The work search waiver period cannot exceed a maximum of 12 weeks.

In order to receive the additional 4-week waiver, your employer must verify recall information with the department by calling the UI Employer Line at 414-438-7705 or 608-232-0633.

Your employer will need to provide their UI account number, your name, social security number and your return to work date.
I am starting a new job; can my work search and registration requirements be waived?
Yes. If you are starting a new job with a new employer within 4 weeks, the work search and registration requirement may be waived.

Your new employer must verify the new employment information with the department by calling the UI Employer Line at 414-438-7705 or 608-232-0633.

Your new employer will need to provide their UI account number, your name, social security number and the start date for your new employment.
Will claims filed prior to June 14, 2015 be affected?
Only initial claims filed after June 13, 2015 are affected.
How soon can my employer contact the department to request the 4-week extension of the 8-week recall waiver of my work search requirement?
Your employer may contact the department any time after you file your claim for Unemployment Benefits. However, we suggest your employer calls us close to the end of the 8-week waiver period when the employer will have better information about your return to work date.
How should my employer notify Unemployment Insurance of my new recall date?
Your employer should contact the department on the UI Employer Line at 414-438-7705 or 608-232-0633.

Your employer will need to provide their UI account number, your name, social security number and your return to work date.
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