Register April 2014 No. 700
Chapter DWD 127
WORK SEARCH AND REEMPLOYMENT SERVICES
DWD 127.001   Definitions.
DWD 127.01   Work search; policy; requirements.
DWD 127.02   Waiver of work search requirements.
DWD 127.04   Claimants to present verification of work search actions.
DWD 127.05   Certification as to work search.
DWD 127.06   Added efforts to secure work.
DWD 127.07   Reemployment services.
Ch. DWD 127 Note Note: Chapter ILHR 127 was created by emergency rule effective 1-8-84. Chapter ILHR 127 was renumbered Chapter DWD 127 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, June, 1997, No. 498.
DWD 127.001 DWD 127.001 Definitions. Unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning, the definitions in ch. DWD 100 apply to this chapter.
DWD 127.001 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1995, No. 477, eff. 10-1-95.
DWD 127.01 DWD 127.01 Work search; policy; requirements.
DWD 127.01(1)(1) A claimant shall be eligible for unemployment benefits for any given week when the department finds that the claimant has completed at least 4 actions to search for suitable work within that week. Upon request of the department, a claimant shall provide verification of conducting at least 4 work search actions that are reasonably designed to secure work. Registration for work under ch. DWD 126 does not establish that the claimant is making a reasonable search for suitable work. It is essential that the claimant personally and diligently search for suitable work. The reasonableness of a search for work will, in part, depend on the employment opportunities in the claimant's labor market area. A work search which may be appropriate in a labor market area with limited opportunities may be totally unacceptable in an area with greater opportunities. Unreasonable limitations by a claimant as to salary, hours, or conditions of work indicate that a claimant is not making a reasonable search for suitable work. The department expects claimants to conduct themselves as would a prudent person who is out of work and seeking work.
DWD 127.01(2) (2) Any of the following actions by a claimant shall constitute a reasonable work search action:
DWD 127.01(2)(a) (a) Applying for work with employers who may reasonably be expected to have openings for suitable work, except that applications submitted to the same employer more than once in a 4-week period are not credited as a work search action unless a new job is posted by the employer or available, or the employer's customary practices or circumstances encourage the submission of additional applications or the provisions under s. 108.04 (2) (i), Stats., apply.
DWD 127.01(2)(c) (c) Making applications for suitable work.
DWD 127.01(2)(cm) (cm) Taking examinations for suitable work in the civil service of a governmental unit.
DWD 127.01(2)(d) (d) Registering for suitable work with a public or private placement facility, including a union.
DWD 127.01(2)(em) (em) Following the recommendations of a public employment office or similar reemployment services, including participation in reemployment services.
DWD 127.01(2)(j) (j) Other actions the department may determine as constituting a reasonable work search action.
DWD 127.01 Note Note: The department shall include in the UCB-10 Handbook for Claimants examples of reasonable work search actions. In addition, the department shall include information on how claimants can contact the department with questions related to work search actions.
DWD 127.01(3) (3) Except if the work search requirement has been waived by the department, a claimant shall be ineligible for unemployment benefits in any given week in which the department determines the claimant did not conduct at least 4 actions to search for suitable work within that week.
DWD 127.01 History History: Cr. Register, July, 1984, No. 343, eff. 8-1-84; CR 06-072: am. (1) and (2) (b), r. and recr. (2) (intro.) Register December 2006 No. 612, eff. 1-1-07; EmR1316: emerg. am. (1), (2) (intro.), (a), r. (2) (b), am. (2) (c) to (d), cr. (2) (em), r. (2) (f) to (i),r. and recr. (2) (j), am. (3) eff. 9-29-13; CR 13-081: am. (1), (2) (intro.), (a), r. (2) (b), am. (2) (c) to (d), r. (2) (e) to (i), cr. (2) (em), r. and recr. (2) (j), am. (3) Register April 2014 No. 700, eff. 5-1-14.
DWD 127.02 DWD 127.02 Waiver of work search requirements. The department shall waive a claimant's requirement to conduct at least 4 actions to search for suitable work if any of the following apply:
DWD 127.02(1) (1) The claimant performs at least 20 hours of work for any employer in that week.
DWD 127.02(2) (2) The claimant is currently laid off from employment with an employer but there is a reasonable expectation that the claimant will be returning to employment within a period of 8 weeks, which may be extended an additional 4 weeks but may not exceed a total of 12 weeks. In determining whether the claimant has a reasonable expectation of reemployment by the employer, the department shall request the employer to verify the claimant's employment status. If the employer does not verify the claimant's employment status, the department may consider any of the following:
DWD 127.02(2)(a) (a) The history of layoffs and reemployments by the employer.
DWD 127.02(2)(b) (b) Any information that the employer furnished to the individual concerning the claimant's anticipated reemployment date.
DWD 127.02(2)(c) (c) Whether the claimant has recall rights with the employer under the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreement.
DWD 127.02(3) (3) The claimant has a reasonable expectation of starting employment with a new employer within 4 weeks and the employer has verified the anticipated starting date with the department. The waiver shall not exceed 4 weeks.
DWD 127.02(4) (4) The claimant has been laid off from work and routinely obtains work through a union referral and all of the following apply:
DWD 127.02(4)(a) (a) The union is the primary method used by workers to obtain employment in the claimant's customary occupation.
DWD 127.02(4)(b) (b) The union maintains a record of unemployed members, and the referral activities of these members, and allows the department to inspect such records.
DWD 127.02(4)(c) (c) The union provides, upon the request of the department, any information regarding a claimant's registration with the union or any referrals for employment it has made to the claimant.
DWD 127.02(4)(d) (d) Prospective employers of the claimant seldom place orders with the public employment office for jobs requiring occupational skills similar to those of the claimant.
DWD 127.02(4)(e) (e) The claimant is registered for work with a union and satisfies the requirements of the union relating to job referral procedures, and maintains membership in good standing with the union.
DWD 127.02(4)(f) (f) The union enters into an agreement with the department regarding the requirements of this subsection.
DWD 127.02(6) (6) The claimant is summoned to serve as a prospective or impaneled juror.
DWD 127.02(7) (7) The claimant is enrolled in and satisfactorily participating in a course of approved training under s. 108.04 (16), Stats., in a work share program under s. 108.062 (10m), Stats., or in a self-employment assistance program or another program that has been enacted by the Wisconsin or federal legislature and the program includes that claimants who participate in the program shall be waived by the department from work search requirements.
DWD 127.02(8) (8) The claimant has not made a search for suitable work because of an error made by personnel of the department.
DWD 127.02(9) (9) The claimant's most recent employer failed to post appropriate notice posters as to claiming unemployment benefits as required under s. DWD 120.01 and the claimant was not aware of the work search requirement.
DWD 127.02(11) (11) The claimant has been referred for reemployment services, is participating in such services, or is not participating in such services, but has justifiable cause for failure to participate. Justifiable cause includes that the claimant is unable to participate due to any of the following:
DWD 127.02(11)(a) (a) The claimant is summoned to serve as a prospective or impaneled juror.
DWD 127.02(11)(b) (b) The claimant is enrolled and satisfactorily participating in a course of training approved by the department, in a work share program under s. 108.062 (10m), Stats., or in a self-employment assistance program or another program that has been enacted by the Wisconsin or federal legislature and the program includes that claimants who participate in the program shall be waived by the department from work search requirements.
DWD 127.02(11)(c) (c) The claimant is employed.
DWD 127.02(11)(d) (d) The claimant is attending a job interview.
DWD 127.02(11)(e) (e) Circumstances which the department determines are beyond the claimant's control.
DWD 127.02 Note Note: This section is shown as affected by CR 13-081 effective when the secretary of the department determines the department has the technological ability to implement the changes. Prior to that date it reads:
DWD 127.02 Note DWD 127.02Waiver of work search requirements. The department shall waive a claimant's search for suitable work requirement under s. DWD 127.01 for any week under any of the following circumstances:
DWD 127.02 Note (1) The claimant performs any work for his or her customary employer.
DWD 127.02 Note (2) The claimant is currently laid off from employment with an employer but there is a reasonable expectation of reemployment of the claimant by that employer. In determining whether the claimant has a reasonable expectation of reemployment by the employer, the department shall request the employer to verify the claimant's employment status and shall also consider other factors, including the following:
DWD 127.02 Note (a) The history of layoffs and reemployments by the employer.
DWD 127.02 Note (b) Any information that the employer furnished to the individual or the department concerning the claimant's anticipated reemployment date.
DWD 127.02 Note (c) Whether the claimant has recall rights with the employer under the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreement.
DWD 127.02 Note (3) The claimant has a reasonable expectation of starting work with a new employer within 4 weeks of the week in which waiver is being considered. In determining whether a claimant has a reasonable expectation of starting work with a new employer, the department shall consider factors including, but not limited to, the following:
DWD 127.02 Note (a) The hiring practices of employers in the claimant's labor market area for workers who perform work which is similar to the work which the claimant is expected to perform for the new employer;
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