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The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has a few benefits that are being rolled out regarding the CARES Act

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Insurance (PUI) is a temporary federal program that gives financial assistance to those who normally wouldn't be eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. Your reason for applying must all within one of the categories in the chart above. This is a retroactive benefit that may begin February 8th and may end December 26th, for up to 39 weeks. The weekly benefits range from $163 to $370 per week, based on your 1% net income from 2019. You must apply for eligibility first and then you may file your claims. Click here to apply but please do not call the department unless you have been directed to do so as they are still overwhelmed. Also, notice the limited hours to apply online during weekends. Click here for more information on PUI, as well as their helpful FAQ's.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) is a temporary emergency increase to unemployment benefits for those collecting regular unemployment insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Work-Share (STC) and Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA). It is an additional $600 per week that will automatically be added to payments. This increase is also retroactive from the week ending April 4th and goes through July 25th. These payments will begin next week (April 26th). Again, no action is needed to obtain this increase.

COVID-19 Testing is Increasing

The number of COVID-19 cases are increasing. However, please keep in mind that this is because testing has increased as test kits have become more available. Obviously the more people we test, the more cases we will find. I definitely support more testing for those who are showing symptoms of the virus. The good news is there are less people in the hospital, and even less on ventilators.

MMAC's Plan for a Smart Restart

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) has put together a "Smart Restart" plan on how to open Wisconsin's economy based on compilations by the Medical College of Wisconsin. It includes best practices for employers to meet health and safety needs, worksafe practices, and the "next normal". 


Representative Janel Brandtjen
State Capitol, Room 12 West
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

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