﻿ Part 5 - Computing Benefit Entitlement, Unemployment Insurance Handbook for Claimants

Part 5: Computing Benefit Entitlement

Weekly Benefit Rate (WBR)

The weekly amount of unemployment benefits you are paid when you have no wages or other income during the week. It is 4% of the total high quarter wages from all covered employment.

The “Weekly Benefit Rate Chart” is a listing of all the weekly benefit rates and the amount of high quarter wages needed for each rate. This chart is available on-line at http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/handbook/pdf/wbrchart.pdf

Benefit Year

You start a benefit year when you file a new initial claim application. A benefit year lasts 52 weeks. When one benefit year ends, the week that you file your next initial claim application will start a new benefit year. During the 52 weeks of each benefit year, there is a maximum amount of unemployment benefits you can be paid. This is called your maximum benefit amount (MBA). Wages that you earn during a benefit year will not increase your maximum benefit amount or your weekly benefit rate for that benefit year.

Computing Partial UI Benefits for a Weekly Claim When Income was Reported

The Department uses the "partial wage formula" to compute whether partial UI benefits are payable and if so, what amount should be paid.

The "partial wage formula" used to compute partial weekly UI benefits is shown below:

1. Subtract \$30.00 from the gross income.
2. Multiply the remainder by .67 (67%).
3. Subtract this new amount (including the cents) from your WBR.
4. Round the remainder down to the nearest whole dollar. This is the amount of partial UI benefits payable for the week.

NOTE: The smallest UI payment that we will issue is \$5.00, so if your calculation results in an amount which is less than \$5.00, no payment will be made.

Example: WBR=\$200 Gross Income=\$250

1. \$250.00 (Gross Income) minus \$30 = \$220.00
2. \$220.00 multiplied by .67 = \$147.40
3. \$200.00 (WBR) minus \$147.40 = \$52.60
4. Round \$52.60 down to \$52.00

\$52.00 is the amount of benefits payable for the week.

If you are not sure if you have too much income for a particular week to be eligible for a partial UI payment, you should file a claim for the week and report all of your gross income. The department will determine if any benefits are due.

The “Maximum Weekly Earnings Chart” is a listing of the maximum weekly earnings amount for each weekly benefit rate. This chart is available on-line at http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/handbook/pdf/mwechart.pdf.

Effective 10/21/2012, no benefits are payable for any week in which you have earnings and/or holiday, vacation, dismissal/termination or sick pay that exceeds \$500 or if you worked 32 hours or more in the week.