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Wisconsin Issues New Unemployment Policy

August 26, 2013


People who file for unemployment must register with the state's job
search website before they can receive benefits, the state announced Friday.

Although the rule had already been in effect, it will be strictly enforced
starting Oct. 13, state officials said.

"We are here to help unemployed individuals move from government dependence to
the independence of having family-supporting jobs," said state Department of
Workforce Development secretary Reggie Newson.

In the pre-Internet days, jobless Wisconsinites registered for benefits in
person at one of the state's "Job Centers" and signed up simultaneously for
unemployment insurance and the state's job-search system.

"This is not a new requirement, but one that unlike many other states hasn't
been enforced with uniformity in Wisconsin since the mid-1990s," said DWD
spokesman John Dipko.

"Claimants can file for UI benefits and then complete this one-time, online
registration within one hour, and for those who need extra help, we stand ready
to deliver one-on-one assistance either in person at our 26 comprehensive Job
Centers and dozens of additional sites, or assistance by phone through our Job
Service Call Center toll-free line," Friday's statement said.

The state's job-search website is called Wisconsin Job Service and linked at
wisconsinjobcenter.com.

The state calls the site a "free, self-service system for job seekers to search
job openings and post resumes; and for employers to post job listings." It also
calls itself a "Wisconsin-centered employment exchange, linking employers in all
parts of the state and in communities that border Wisconsin with anyone looking
for a job."

This registration process includes creating a "Job Match profile" and help with
uploading or creating a resume, it said.

The newly enforced requirement only applies to those who "meet the legal
requirement that they must register for work," or about two of every five
unemployment benefits claimants. Many who get a recall notice when they are laid
off do not need to seek work on the assumption that their employer eventually
will call them back.

Starting Oct. 13, new unemployment claimants who file for benefits will be
notified at several points in the filing process that they have 14 days to
register with the Wisconsin Job Service "in order to receive benefits," it said.

An alternative registration method will be available to help claimants "who face
significant barriers that impact their ability to complete the online
registration," it said.

Currently, 79,000 state residents receive unemployment benefits.

Wisconsin's state government has added a new requirement for new those who apply
for unemployment insurance: beginning Oct. 13, new claimants must register with
the state's job-search website.

The state Department of Workforce Development on Friday issued a statement
outlining the new policy.

"We are here to help unemployed individuals move from government dependence to
the independence of having family-supporting jobs," workforce secretary Reggie
Newson said in the statement.

"Claimants can file for UI benefits and then complete this one-time, online
registration within one hour, and for those who need extra help, we stand ready
to deliver one-on-one assistance either in person at our 26 comprehensive Job
Centers and dozens of additional sites, or assistance by phone through our Job
Service Call Center toll-free line," the statement said.

The state's job-search website is called Wisconsin Job Service and linked at
wisconsinjobcenter.com.

The state-run service describes itself as a "free, self-service system for job
seekers to search job openings and post resumes; and for employers to post job
listings." It also calls itself a "Wisconsin-centered employment exchange,
linking employers in all parts of the state and in communities that border
Wisconsin with anyone looking for a job."

Starting Oct. 13, new unemployment claimants who file for benefits and who must
register for work will be notified at several points throughout the filing
process that they have 14 days to register with the Wisconsin Job Service "in
order to receive benefits," it said.

This registration process includes creating a "Job Match profile" and uploading
or creating a resume, it said.

An alternative registration method will be available to help claimants "who face
significant barriers that impact their ability to complete the online
registration," it said.

Wisconsin's state government has added a new requirement for new those who apply
for unemployment insurance: beginning Oct. 13, new claimants must register with
the state's job-search website.

The state Department of Workforce Development on Friday issued a statement
outlining the new policy.

"We are here to help unemployed individuals move from government dependence to
the independence of having family-supporting jobs," workforce secretary Reggie
Newson said in the statement.

"Claimants can file for UI benefits and then complete this one-time, online
registration within one hour, and for those who need extra help, we stand ready
to deliver one-on-one assistance either in person at our 26 comprehensive Job
Centers and dozens of additional sites, or assistance by phone through our Job
Service Call Center toll-free line," the statement said.

The state's job-search website is called Wisconsin Job Service and linked at
wisconsinjobcenter.com.

The state-run service describes itself as a "free, self-service system for job
seekers to search job openings and post resumes; and for employers to post job
listings." It also calls itself a "Wisconsin-centered employment exchange,
linking employers in all parts of the state and in communities that border
Wisconsin with anyone looking for a job."

Starting Oct. 13, new unemployment claimants who file for benefits and who must
register for work will be notified at several points throughout the filing
process that they have 14 days to register with the Wisconsin Job Service "in
order to receive benefits," it said.

This registration process includes creating a "Job Match profile" and uploading
or creating a resume, it said.

An alternative registration method will be available to help claimants "who face
significant barriers that impact their ability to complete the online
registration," it said.

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