As COVID-19 continues to affect workers across the state, public libraries remain a source of support for unemployed patrons. A new extension of Wisconsin’s Unemployment Insurance program is now in effect. Unemployment Insurance (UI) deployed the Extended Benefits (EB) program on December 2, 2020.
Unemployed individuals who exhaust their regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) may be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of benefits.
EB pays up to 13 weeks of additional benefits to those who exhausted regular UI and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). Those individuals will be able to submit a new initial application to continue their benefits payment under EB.
EB pays up to 13 weeks between UI week 21/20 (week ending May 23, 2020) through UI week 45/20 (week ending November 7, 2020).
Claimants may apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) if they have exhausted or are not eligible for regular UI, PEUC, and EB. (To be eligible for PUA, their reason for no longer working must fall within one of the COVID-19 scenarios.)
If you receive questions, please refer individuals to the EB website at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/eb/. Information, including how to file the EB application, is available there.
For help using online services, or for questions not answered online, individuals can call (414) 435-7069 or toll-free (844) 910-3661.