SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT:
I just lost my job. How do I apply for unemployment compensation?
Call the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development at (414) 438-7700
1-800-UC CLAIM (1-800-822-5246). You will
need to give them your Social Security number, a 4-digit "Personal ID Number"
that you make up, your Wisconsin driver's license number (if you have a
license) and a list of all your employers from the last one and a-half
years. (You can give them this information in Spanish or English.)
After I apply, what do I have to do to keep getting my unemployment
You need to CALL THE STATE EVERY WEEK to file a claim
for benefits. You call them at (414) 438-5395 or (toll-free) 1-800-978-7887.
You need to call even if you haven't started getting checks yet and even
if you've found a part-time job. If your unemployment is denied and you
ask for a hearing, KEEP CALLING EVERY WEEK to file your claims
while your appeal is going on.
The state says I can't get unemployment benefits. What can I do?
ASK FOR A HEARING. You have 14 days (TWO WEEKS) from the
date on the state's letter denying your claim to ask for a hearing. You
can bring, mail or fax your hearing request (in writing) to the:
MILWAUKEE HEARING OFFICE
819 N. 6TH ST., RM. 382
MILWAUKEE, WI 53203
FAX: (414) 227-4264.
I don't think I can get unemployment. Should I even apply?
YES. You MAY be able to get unemployment even if: you haven't worked
for long; you quit a job; you were fired; you worked for a temporary agency;
you have medical problems; and many other reasons. You won't know for sure
if you qualify (or don't qualify) unless you APPLY!
This is all very confusing. Where can I go if I have questions
or need help?
If you have questions about unemployment compensation - or if you apply
for and are denied unemployment benefits - call Legal Action of Wisconsin
at (414) 278-7722 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2-4 p.m. and ask for
Prepared By: Legal Action of Wisconsin
230 W. Wells St., Room 800
Milwaukee, WI 53203