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You are "partially unemployed" in any week in which you earn wages that do not exceed your maximum weekly earnings amount. It is possible to receive a partial UI payment for a week in which you work. When you report income on your weekly claim, wages earned in that week are added to other types of income (such as holiday, vacation, and dismissal/severance pay) to determine your gross income for the week.
You will not receive any UI in a week in which any of the following apply:
To determine if UI is payable when you are partially employed, we use this formula:
Example: WBR = $200, Gross Income = $250
The amount of UI payable for the week is $52.
You can also use the UI Partial Unemployment Benefits Calculator: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/calculators.htm to calculate your partial benefit payment.
Use the Maximum Weekly Earnings Chart to find the highest gross income you can earn in a week and still qualify for the minimum unemployment benefit payment. This amount is not the same for every claimant. The weekly benefit rate (WBR) determines what the maximum weekly earnings amount will be.
You may also be receiving partial UI because your employer is participating in the Work-Share program. For more information about Work-Share, please visit: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uitax/workshare.htm.
Your benefits may be reduced if you are receiving payments from a retirement system based on your previous work and if one of your base period employers contributed to the retirement system.
Retirement payments include payments from retirement plans, pensions, annuities, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, 457(b) plans, or Railroad Retirement Benefits. Retirement payments include both periodic and lump sum payments. Retirement payments do not include Social Security retirement income, SSDI, SSI, or disability pay from the Veteran's Administration.
Your weekly benefits will be reduced if all of the following conditions are met:
If these conditions apply, your weekly UI payments may be reduced based on the part that was funded by the employer. The weekly reduction amount for persons receiving Railroad Retirement Benefits is based on 50% of the payment.
If you roll a lump sum payment into another retirement system within 60 days of receiving it, your unemployment payments will not be reduced unless you receive payments after the rollover. You must tell us if you have applied for or are receiving payments from the other retirement account after the rollover.
A voluntary retirement may be considered a quit and you may be disqualified even if you are not receiving a retirement payment.
Your UI may be reduced if you:
You can see if your UI will be applied to any of these types of debts by visiting your claimant portal, selecting 'My UI Summary,' and then selecting 'Payment Information.'