Work search requirement for unemployment benefits are back in Wisconsin - Paycheck

Work search requirement for unemployment benefits are back in Wisconsin

Wisconsinites receiving unemployment benefits will once again be required to complete four work searches a week. 

The department has been waiving work searches since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the number of unemployed people grew to unprecedented levels. The waiver was renewed in February, and was expected to run through July 10.

However, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reinstated the work search requirement seven weeks earlier than expected, due to a vote by state lawmakers.

Wisconsinites currently receive up to $670 per week in unemployment. That's equivalent to an annual salary of nearly $35,000.

Here's what you need to know about the reinstatement of the requirement: 

What is a work search? 

Examples of work searches, according to the department website, include: 

  • Submitting resumes and applications
  • Registering with a placement facility, temporary help agency or headhunter
  • Meeting with a career counselor
  • Participating in a professional work-related networking group or event
  • Posting a resume on an employment website
  • Interviewing for a job

What is not considered a work search? 

Examples of actions that don't count towards the four search actions a week include:

  • Viewing job ads or postings, but not applying for them 
  • Applying for work that you know you would not accept or that is not suitable for you 
  • Contacting an employer who has no openings and isn't accepting applications
  • Repeatedly contacting a prospective employer, such as checking in on the status of an application or scheduling an interview 

How do I record my work searches?

 Those performing searches weekly can keep their own record or use the department's work search entry form found at Keeping a record of the searches is required by law, and you may be asked to provide proof of your searches. 

For each work search, here are details to record: 

  • Date of action
  • Type of action
  • Name of business
  • Method used to contact 
  • Name and title of person contacted 
  • Position applied for 
  • Phone number of business
  • Address of business 
  • Website used to find job and job number 
  • Result of contact with business

What happens if I don't do the required searches?

Not performing the required searches or failing to accurately report your search, availability for work or earnings can result in the denial of benefits. 



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