Extended Benefits (EB)

(Additional 13 Weeks when Regular UI and PEUC Exhausted)

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Last updated on 10/16/2020 at 2:00 pm

Topics:  EB Overview  |  EB Payments  |  Filing for EB  |  EB FAQs

EB Overview

Wisconsin triggered onto the Extended Benefit (EB) program, which provides additional unemployment benefits to those who exhaust previous benefits, effective May 17, 2020 due to an increase in the state's unemployment rate.

Unemployed individuals who exhaust their regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) may be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of benefits.

NOTE: The EB program does not apply to individuals collecting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

EB Payments

DWD is currently programming its IT system in order to make EB payments. DWD anticipates programming to be complete in December. After EB is programmed, individuals with remaining balances of regular UI or PEUC will continue to draw those benefit payments until exhausted.

  • Payment Amount:
    • Same as individual's regular UI benefit.
  • Duration of EB Benefits (additional 13 weeks):
    • First Payable Week: Retroactive to week ending May 23, 2020 (or the first week after an individual exhausts regular UI and PEUC, whichever is later).

Filing for EB

Individuals with remaining balances of regular UI or PEUC when programming is complete will continue to draw those benefit payments until exhausted. Individuals filing will be provided messaging in their claimant portal prior to exhausting benefits, and will be able to submit a new initial application to continue their benefit payment under EB.

Individuals no longer filing at that time programming is complete will be identified and notified of potential eligibility by mail.

EB Frequently Asked Questions

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You must exhaust all regular UI benefits and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment (PEUC) compensation before you may file an application for EB.

Yes, if you are eligible for EB between 5/17/20, when Wisconsin triggered onto EB, and 7/25/20, when FPUC ends you will receive the $600 for each week you are eligible for a payment.