Your Legal Rights W-2 and Job Ready
What does job ready mean?
Job ready is a W-2 work placement. It means that the W-2 agency has found
that you are able to get and keep a job.
When can the W-2 agency find me job ready?
The W-2 agency can decide you are job ready only if you have
worked recently and you are able to work. You should
be found job ready if:
What services can I receive while I am in a job ready placement?
you have never worked,
you have not worked recently,
you have limited reading or writing skills that affect your
ability to work,
you have physical or mental health problems that prevent you
you need to care for a disabled child or partner, or
there are other problems that prevent you from working such
as homelessness or domestic violence.
You can receive child care to look for a job, transportation,
help finding a job, and in some cases education and training
Do I receive a W-2 payment while in the job ready placement?
How long can the W-2 agency keep me in a job ready placement?
If you have looked for a job and cannot find one, you should
not be kept in the job ready category for more than
It is important to keep a record of your job
search and to keep all appointments with your W-2 worker.
You should write down all the employers you contact each day.
After 30 days what happens?
The W-2 agency should review your case and move you to a paid W-2
placement such as a community service job.
If the W-2 worker asks me to sign a document agreeing to the
job ready placement, what should I do?
You should agree to the placement so you can get help looking
for a job. Also the W-2 agency will then have to put you in a
paid W-2 position if you can't find a job in 30 days.
What can I do if I disagree with the job ready placement?
You have the right to appeal your worker's decision.
You can request a hearing known as a factfinding at the W-2
agency. You have 45 days to request a hearing after you receive
notice of the worker's decision. You must request a
factfinding within that time or you lose your right to do so.
The factfinding should be scheduled within 5 days of your request. At the factfinding you can
explain why you think you are not job ready.
Note: You can challenge the job ready placement even if you
sign a document agreeing to the placement.
For more information or help contact Legal Action of Wisconsin
You can also come in to our office in Milwaukee for help with W-2 problems
during intake hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1:30 p.m.
and 4:30 p.m.
Prepared by Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.,
230 West Wells Street, Room 800, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: (414) 278-7722
Toll Free: (1-888-278-0633)
June 15, 2006