Evers calls for modification to unemployment requirements amid business closings due to COVID-19

Gov. Tony Evers

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday that he will waive work search requirements and modify the availability requirements for unemployment insurance benefits for workers who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a release form the Department of Workforce Development, Evers is working with the Wisconsin State Legislature to waive the one-week waiting period for benefits in an effort to get funds to workers as quickly as possible.

The Emergency Order will eliminate the requirement that recipients of unemployment insurance conduct at least four work search actions every week. The order will also make sure that workers who are otherwise able to work are still considered available for work, thus ensuring they are eligible for benefits.