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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

Nov. 2, 2022
CONTACT: DWD Communications

Public Comment Period Open on Suggestions for UI Changes

Attend Public hearing Nov. 17, 2022, or submit written comments Nov. 9-18, 2022

MADISON –The Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council (UIAC) is welcoming suggestions to improve Wisconsin's Unemployment Insurance (UI) program during two public hearings and a public comment period.

The Council represents employee and employer interests and submits recommendations for improving unemployment law to the Legislature.

The Council will hold two public hearings on Nov. 17, 2022. The hearings will be virtual, conducted by teleconference and WebEx web conferencing technology. The first hearing is from 2 to 4 p.m.; the second is from 5 to 6 p.m.

"The public hearing is a great opportunity for members of the public to provide input on the laws that govern Wisconsin's UI system," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said. "I encourage interested individuals to attend one of the two public hearings scheduled for Nov. 17 or submit written comments through the avenues outlined below."

Advanced registration is required. Find the details at:

Following registration for the public hearing, a confirmation email will be sent with instructions on how to join the event.

If unable to attend a hearing, the council is taking public comments on suggested changes to the state's UI laws from Nov. 9 to 18, 2022. The comments will help inform the council's legislative agenda during the following year.

Submit written comments and suggestions to:

Important: Do not submit a social security number, date of birth, street address, or issues involving personal claims when submitting written comments on Wisconsin's UI program. To contact DWD about issues with personal claims, please call the Claimant Assistance Line at (414) 435-7069 or toll-free (844) 910-3661 during business hours.


Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development efficiently delivers effective and inclusive services to meet Wisconsin's diverse workforce needs now and for the future. The department advocates for and invests in the protection and economic advancement of all Wisconsin workers, employers and job seekers through six divisions – Employment and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, Unemployment Insurance, Equal Rights, Worker's Compensation and Administrative Services. To keep up with DWD announcements and information, sign up for news releases and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.