Unemployment Extensions FAQ

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Frequently asked questions about potential extensions for unemployment benefits.

Last updated on 4/3/2020 at 12:30 pm

NOTE: We want to provide information as we know it at this time. We are still awaiting guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) so this information is subject to change. We will update as we know of any changes.

Federal legislation was passed on March 18, 2020 that provides up to 26 weeks of Extended Benefits to qualifying states. To qualify for extended benefits, a state would need to apply for the funds and demonstrate that its unemployment rates have increased by a certain percentage and that it also meets certain requirements regarding claimant access, notifications, and eligibility requirements. If Wisconsin qualifies, updates will be provided.

See CARES Act FAQ for information on the Federal Stimulus Bill.


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Extended Benefits (EB), Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC), Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) and the CARES Act. We are awaiting guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Once received, we will program our systems to accommodate the changes. It will take several weeks to receive all of the information from the Federal Government. Please check our website often: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/caresact; We will have the most up-to-date information there.

Federal legislation was signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020 that would grant funding to qualifying states to pay Extended Benefits (EB). If Wisconsin qualifies, it is unknown how soon the funds would become available.

Federal legislation provides for up to an additional 26 weeks of Extended Benefits for states that qualify beginning with enactment of the legislation to December 2020. Wisconsin will need to submit the necessary application/paperwork to request the funds.

Extended Benefits are additional benefits after regular unemployment benefits have been exhausted. Generally, it is funded 50% by states and 50% by the federal government. Federal legislation temporarily mandates 100% funding by the federal government, if the state qualifies.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation was a program that provided benefits to claimants who had exhausted regular state benefits. Legislation would be required for these payments to become available.

Federal Additional Compensation was a program that provided monies in addition to regular unemployment benefits as well as other extensions that were available. Federal Legislation would be required to enact these payments.

Generally, legislative action would be needed at federal and/or state levels for these extensions.