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Feb 23, 2022

Wisconsin Senate sends benefit restriction bills to governor

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate passed a package of Republican-authored bills designed to force more people into the workforce by tightening the qualifications for receiving unemployment benefits and Medicaid coverage.

Feb 18, 2022

Wisconsin Assembly approves tightening public benefits

The Wisconsin Assembly approved a package of Republican-authored bills Thursday designed to force more people into the workforce by tightening eligibility for unemployment benefits and Medicaid coverage.

Jan 18, 2022

Wisconsin Republicans seek to tighten unemployment benefits

Wisconsin Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday that would tighten eligibility for unemployment benefits and Medicaid coverage, saying the bills are designed to help alleviate what they maintain is a crippling labor shortage in the state.

Feb 9, 2021

Central Wisconsin company sued for $683K in unpaid wages, benefits

State officials are suing a central Wisconsin company that abruptly closed in 2019 for unpaid wages and benefits totaling nearly $683,000.

Dec 30, 2020

DWD adjudicators get last undecided unemployment claims

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development officials said on Thursday they've assigned the last few thousand undecided unemployment claims to adjudicators.

Dec 15, 2020

Audit cites problems leading to unemployment payment delays

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development was responsible for 11 of the 13 weeks it took, on average, to process unemployment claims filed since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to an audit released Monday. The nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau report looked at a sample of nearly 270 people who had filed […]

Nov 17, 2020

Thousands await jobless aid as leaders blame each other for failure

As Wisconsin businesses closed this spring to slow the spread of COVID-19, jobless filings and phone calls flooded the Department of Workforce Development — too quickly for staff employees to keep up. But DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman remained optimistic.

Jun 17, 2020

Reversing course: Wisconsin seeks federal OK to aid the unemployed with disabilities

Following a slew of denials, state regulators are now pushing to give federal pandemic aid to laid-off Wisconsinites with disabilities.

May 27, 2020

Hearing to focus on state’s handling of unemployment claims

Wisconsin has a new system in place to speed up the payment of $600 weekly federal unemployment benefits, the head of the state Department of Workforce Development said Wednesday, before a legislative hearing to examine how the state has handled claims during the coronavirus pandemic.

May 19, 2020

Program to help workers during pandemic sees spike in use

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A program in Wisconsin designed to help small companies retain workers during slow business periods has taken off after changes were made in response to the coronavirus pandemic to allow more employees to qualify. Since mid-March, more than 14,000 workers have signed up to receive partial […]

Oct 6, 2017

Laid-off workers could be looking at stricter jobless-benefits rules

Stricter rules for those collecting jobless benefits could soon be coming down the road. The state Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform held a public hearing this week on a bill that would make it easier for the state’s Department of Workforce Development to collect debt related to jobless benefits and add more ways for […]

Mar 20, 2017

Work-search limits benefit employers, workers

In 2015, Wisconsin adopted an Administrative Code change to our system of waiving work-search requirements for Unemployment Insurance claimants who expect recall from their former employers.

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