Wisconsin Employers Must Notify Workers of Unemployment Insurance Upon Separation

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[co-author: Tyler Richardson]

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development adopted an emergency rule to create DWD 120.02 which was approved by Governor Evers on September 23, 2020.

As of November 2, 2020, Wisconsin employers will be required to notify workers of the availability of unemployment insurance upon separation of employment. The notification can be accomplished through one of the listed methods: letter, e-mail, text message, flyer and any other department-approved method designed to give immediate notice to employees. The Department’s website states that providing the printed poster in person or by mail would also be a sufficient method.

Employers are required to display the new poster in the workplace in a suitable location where all employees will readily see it. The printed poster and a digital poster can be found here.

The Department’s website provides suggested language that employers should provide to the employee:

Applying for Unemployment Benefits —
You may file an unemployment claim in the first week that your employment stops or your work hours are reduced.

See digital poster for when and how to apply for unemployment benefits (Spanish | Hmong) (https://dwd.wi.gov/eworkboard)

Links to other unemployment resources:

For help using online unemployment services or if you are unable to go online call (414) 435-7069 or toll-free (844) 910-3661 during business hours.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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