Changes for Laid Off Workers

Please note the following information that may affect your workers who file for unemployment benefits during times of layoff:

Required Online Filing in 2017

Starting May 24, 2017 workers will be required to apply for unemployment insurance benefits online at The majority of unemployment benefit claims are already being filed through the state's fast, easy, and secure online system. Workers who need help using online services or are truly unable to go online can call 414-438-7713 or 608-232-0824 during business hours.

The Notice to Employees About Applying for Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits (UCB-7-P) has been updated to reflect this change. Go to to print this revised required workplace poster and display it where workers will easily see it.

Later in 2017, we will phase out the weekly claim automated telephone filing system. When this change occurs, the online weekly claim filing system will be available in both English and Spanish.

Work Search Requirements for Laid Off Workers

All workers filing for unemployment benefits must perform a work search unless the requirement is waived. This is a reminder because some of your workers may be affected in the coming months. If you expect to recall your employee, a work search waiver may apply if:

Please keep in mind that if a waiver does not apply, the worker must perform the required work search immediately in order to maintain eligibility for unemployment benefits.

For more information about online filing, work search waivers for your workers, and other unemployment topics, go to

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