Changes for Laid Off Workers

Please note the following information that may affect your workers who file for unemployment benefits during times of layoff:

Online Filing Is Now Required

The Unemployment Insurance Division retired the automated telephone filing system. Claimants must now apply for benefits, file weekly claims, and seek answers to claim questions online by logging on to The online system for filing weekly claims is available in both English and Spanish.

Claimants who need help using online services or who are truly unable to go online can call the new Claimant Assistance Line at 414-435-7069 during business hours.

Required Poster Updated

The Notice to Employees About Applying for Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits (UCB-7-P) has been updated to reflect required online filing.  Go to to print this revised required workplace poster and display it where workers will easily see it.

NEW:  Employers are requested to enter their UI Account business name and address on the poster for employee reference.

Work Search Requirements for Laid Off Workers -- REMINDER

All workers filing for unemployment benefits must perform a work search unless the requirement is waived. This is a reminder because some of your workers may be affected in the coming months. If you expect to recall your employee, a work search waiver may apply if:

Please keep in mind that if a waiver does not apply, the worker must perform the required work search immediately in order to maintain eligibility for unemployment benefits.

For more information about online filing, work search waivers for your workers, and other unemployment topics, go to

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