February 23, 2021

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Rep. Adam Neylon (608) 266-5120

Rep. Neylon Votes to Update DWD UI System, Civil Liability from COVID for Businesses and Schools

Madison — Today Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) issued the following statement after voting in favor of legislation directing Gov. Evers to upgrade the Unemployment Insurance (UI) computer system at the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and to provide civil liability exemptions for businesses, schools and other entities:

“Over the last twelve months one of the biggest issues faced by people living in Wisconsin is receiving their UI benefits, and dealing with the lack of responsiveness from DWD on those claims. Although the Governor has the tools necessary to address DWD’s outdated UI computer system, via the state’s master lease program, his lack of action has led my colleagues and I in the Assembly to pass Special Session Senate Bill 1 to get the process started. This legislation requires DWD to begin the upgrade project by June 30, 2021 and they must use federal dollars first before tapping into state funds.

“Included in this legislation are provisions vital to helping Wisconsinites get our economy moving forward. Provisions including relief for businesses, civil liability exemptions to protect businesses and schools from frivolous COVID-related lawsuits, and extending the one-week waiting period exemption to receive UI benefits.

“The passage of Special Session SB 1 provides solutions to problems facing Wisconsin.”