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Tony Evers, Governor
Amy Pechacek, Secretary-designee

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
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Federal government requires PUA recipients to now provide documentation to get benefits

Department of Workforce Development working to ensure Wisconsinites are aware of new federal requirement for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

MADISON – Thousands of people will be getting letters from the Department of Workforce Development ensuring Wisconsinites are aware of a new federal requirement that they must provide documentation to continue receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The new documentation requirement is part of the federal Continued Assistance Act passed in late December and put into place under the Trump Administration.

"This is a significant change. It is another hurdle for people who qualify for these funds, but we are doing everything we can to make people aware of this requirement," DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said.

Under the federal Continued Assistance Act, the federal government now requires that people seeking PUA benefits must send proof of employment or self-employment (or planned start of employment or self-employment) for the year before their PUA application date. Under federal law, anyone who fails to provide proof will be required to repay any PUA benefits received for the week of December 27, 2020, or later.

PUA provides benefits for people who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance, like those who are self-employed or certain independent contractors.

Acceptable forms of documentation meeting the new federal requirement include:

To submit the required proof of employment, claimants may now upload their documentation directly to their portal at https://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov. Individuals unable to upload documents may mail or fax them, with instructions included in the notice letter they receive.

For more information on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, visit https://www.dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/pua/.