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Notice of Meeting

Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council

Date:  Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Department of Workforce Development by Teleconference
Public may attend by:
Phone: 415-655-0003 or 855-282-6330 (toll free) or WebEx
Meeting Number (Access Code): 1457 55 2705 Meeting Password: DWD1
Meeting Materials:


  1. Call to Order and Introductions
  2. Approval of Minutes of the August 17, 2021 Council Meeting
  3. Department Update
  4. Trust Fund Update
  5. Program Integrity Assessment
  6. Legislation Update
    • Legalizing recreational marijuana (SB545)
    • Eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits in the case of an unwillingness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (AB452 / SB547)
  7. Rulemaking Update
    • Emergency Rule 2108, DWD Ch. 113 (Eff. 3/1/21 – 9/26/21)
      • Waiving interest in limited circumstances for employers subject to reimbursement financing when reimbursements are delinquent due to COVID-19.
    • Emergency Rule 2112, DWD Ch. 123 (Eff. 5/6/21 – 10/2/21)
      • Benefit charges for initial claims related to the public health emergency declared by Executive Order 72.
    • Emergency Rule 2118, DWD Ch. 102 (Eff. 6/29/21 – 11/25/21)
      • Employer contribution rates for 2022.
    • Proposed Emergency Rule, DWD Ch. 102, 113, and 123
      • Protecting Wisconsin employers from the adverse financial effects of COVID-19
  8. Preliminary draft of UIAC agreed-upon bill
  9. Department proposals for the Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Law
    • D21-09: Employee Status Clarification
    • D21-10: SUTA Dumping Penalties
    • D21-12: Department Flexibility for Federal Funding
    • D21-13: Construction Employer Initial Contribution Rates
    • D21-14: DWD 140 - Permanent Rule Scope
    • D21-16: Repeal Pre-employment & Occupational Drug Testing
    • D21-17: Repeal Substantial Fault
    • D21-18: Amend Quit Exception for Relocating Spouses
    • D21-19: Repeal the Waiting Week
    • D21-20: Repeal Statutory Work Search & Registration Waivers
    • D21-21: Repeal Wage Threshold for Receipt of Benefits
    • D21-22: Increase Maximum Weekly Benefit Rate
    • D21-23: Flexibility for Finding Suitable Work
    • D21-24: Amend SSDI Disqualification
    • D21-25: Electronic Communications and Filing
    • D21-26: Amend Worker Classification Penalties
  10. Labor Proposals for the Unemployment Insurance Law
    • L21-01: Gradually Transition to AHCM Tax Schedule Triggers
    • L21-02: Gradually Increase the Maximum WBR to $450/week
    • L21-03: Eliminate the 1-week Waiting Period
    • L21-04: Expand Worker Misclassification Penalties
    • L21-05: DWD Trust Fund Study
  11. Management Proposals for the Unemployment Insurance Law
    • M21-01: UI Computer Upgrade
    • M21-02: Union Referral Service Work Search Criteria
    • M21-03: Definition of Employee vs. Independent Contractor
    • M21-04: Quit Good Cause Revision
    • M21-05: Link Benefit Eligibility Weeks to Unemployment Rate
    • M21-06: Clarify Definitions/Grounds for Misconduct and Sub. Fault
  12. Research Requests
  13. Future Meeting Dates: October 21, 2021; November 18, 2021; Dec. 16, 2021
  14. Adjourn


  • The Council may take up action items at a time other than that listed.
  • The Council may not address all agenda items or follow the agenda order. The Council may discuss other items, including those on any attached lists.
  • The Council members may attend the meeting by teleconference.
  • The employee or employer representative members of the Council may convene in closed session at any time during the meeting to deliberate any matter for potential action or items listed in this agenda, under Wis. Stat. § 19.85(1)(ee). The Council may then reconvene again in open session after the closed session.
  • This location is accessible to people with disabilities. If you need an accommodation, including an interpreter or information in an alternate format, please contact the UI Division Bureau of Legal Affairs at 608-266-0399 or dial 7-1-1 for Wisconsin Relay Service.