COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Benefits


Wisconsin and Minnesota employees affected by layoffs as a result of th eCovid-19.


If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits. There are multiple programs offered by Wisconsin and Minnesota for effected workers.


Minnesota posts -The Walz-Flanagan administration and the Minnesota Legislature are actively considering a variety of measures to assist workers and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will post updates on this site and on mn.gov/deed -- please check back regularly.


Wisconsin Posts - MADISON, Wis. (RELEASE FROM DWD)-- Gov. Tony Evers today announced he will issue an Emergency Order tomorrow that will waive work search requirements and modify the availability requirements for unemployment insurance benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19. Gov. Evers is working with the Wisconsin State Legislature to quickly act to waive the one-week waiting period for benefits so that much-needed unemployment insurance funds make it to affected workers quickly.


Gov. Evers announced that his order will waive the requirement that UI claimants conduct at least four weekly work search actions during the COVID-19 emergency. His order will also ensure that claimants who are otherwise eligible but out of work due to COVID-19 are considered available for work and therefore eligible for benefits.

Here are the main questions answered from DWD Wisconsin Unemployment

Page access link - https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm

Apply for benefits Online for Wisconsin - https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/apply/

Applying for Benefits FAQ - Here are a list of frequently asked questions - https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/faqs/apply.htm

Unemployment FAQs for Claimants - https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/faqs/


Posted for Minnesota


We know that the COVID-19 pandemic creates a number of new challenges for businesses, workers, and government. DEED is working closely with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Walz-Flanagan Administration, and the Minnesota Legislature to take proactive steps to ensure the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic do not cause unnecessary burdens on employers and workers in Minnesota.


Information and Resources for Employers

We care deeply about your business and are actively working with state and federal partners on measures to assist businesses through this unprecedented time. When we have more information, we will immediately post it here, share it online and work to distribute it through media outlets.


For Employers - Additional information link MN Employment and Economic Development - https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/employers/


Information and Resources for Workers

Unemployment Insurance (UI) program assists workers who can’t work, have their hours reduced or lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic. The UI program is prepared and ready to assist these workers. If you are unemployed or have your hours reduced, you may apply for unemployment benefits by visiting www.uimn.org.

If you are unemployed or have your hours reduced, please apply for unemployment benefits by going online to www.uimn.org.

Please use the www.uimn.org website to submit your application, because this is the most efficient way to serve applicants.


For Workers - Additional Information link from MN Employment and Economic Development - https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/workers/

Unemployment COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits - https://www.uimn.org/applicants/needtoknow/news-updates/covid-19.jsp


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