UNEMPLOYMENT RESERVES AND COMPENSATION
Public policy declaration.
Coverage of certain corporate officers.
Payment of benefits.
Eligibility for benefits.
Amount of benefits.
Determination of employer.
Seasonal employers and seasons.
Liability of employers.
Settlement of benefit claims.
Settlement of issues other than benefit claims.
Effect of finding, determination, decision or judgment.
Suspension of agents.
Agreement to contribute by employes void.
Waiver of benefit void.
Deductions from benefit payments.
Income tax withholding.
Wisconsin supplemental benefits.
Disaster unemployment assistance.
Benefits for public employes.
Financing benefits for employes of nonprofit organizations.
Unemployment reserve fund.
Federal administrative financing account.
Employment security buildings and equipment.
Payment of contributions.
Contributions to the fund.
Contributions to the administrative account.
Quarterly wage reports.
Record and audit of payrolls.
Timely reports, notices and payments.
Levy for delinquent contributions or benefit overpayments.
Preference of required payments.
Ch. 108 Cross-reference
See definitions in s. 103.001
Public policy declaration.
Without intending that this section shall supersede, alter or modify the specific provisions hereinafter contained in this chapter, the public policy of this state is declared as follows:
Unemployment in Wisconsin is recognized as an urgent public problem, gravely affecting the health, morals and welfare of the people of this state. The burdens resulting from irregular employment and reduced annual earnings fall directly on the unemployed worker and his or her family. The decreased and irregular purchasing power of wage earners in turn vitally affects the livelihood of farmers, merchants and manufacturers, results in a decreased demand for their products, and thus tends partially to paralyze the economic life of the entire state. In good times and in bad times unemployment is a heavy social cost, directly affecting many thousands of wage earners. Each employing unit in Wisconsin should pay at least a part of this social cost, connected with its own irregular operations, by financing compensation for its own unemployed workers. Each employer's contribution rate should vary in accordance with its own unemployment costs, as shown by experience under this chapter. Whether or not a given employing unit can provide steadier work and wages for its own employes, it can reasonably be required to build up a limited reserve for unemployment, out of which benefits shall be paid to its eligible unemployed workers, as a matter of right, based on their respective wages and lengths of service.
The economic burdens resulting from unemployment should not only be shared more fairly, but should also be decreased and prevented as far as possible. A sound system of unemployment reserves, contributions and benefits should induce and reward steady operations by each employer, since the employer is in a better position than any other agency to share in and to reduce the social costs of its own irregular employment. Employers and employes throughout the state should cooperate, in advisory committees under government supervision, to promote and encourage the steadiest possible employment. A more adequate system of free public employment offices should be provided, at the expense of employers, to place workers more efficiently and to shorten the periods between jobs. Education and retraining of workers during their unemployment should be encouraged. Governmental construction providing emergency relief through work and wages should be stimulated.
A gradual and constructive solution of the unemployment problem along these lines has become an imperative public need.
History: 1989 a. 77
Effects of unemployment compensation proceedings on related labor litigation. Mazurak, 64 MLR 133 (1980).
Unless the department otherwise provides by rule, s. 108.02 (26)
shall be interpreted consistently with 26 USC 3306
History: 1991 a. 89
As used in this chapter:
(1) Administrative account.
"Administrative account" means the account established in s. 108.20
(2) Agricultural labor.
"Agricultural labor" means service performed:
On a farm, in the employ of any person, in connection with cultivating the soil, or in connection with raising or harvesting any agricultural or horticultural commodity, including the raising, shearing, feeding, caring for, training and management of livestock, bees, poultry, and fur-bearing animals and wildlife.
In the employ of the owner or tenant or other operator of a farm, in connection with the operation, management, conservation, improvement, or maintenance of such farm and its tools and equipment, or in salvaging timber or clearing land of brush and other debris left by a hurricane, if the major part of such service is performed on a farm.
In connection with the production or harvesting of any commodity defined as an agricultural commodity in s. 15 (g) of the federal agricultural marketing act, as amended (46 Stat. 1550, s. 3; 12 USC 1141j
) or in connection with the ginning of cotton, or in connection with the operation or maintenance of ditches, canals, reservoirs, or waterways, not owned or operated for profit, used exclusively for supplying and storing water for farming purposes.
In the employ of the operator of a farm in handling, planting, drying, packing, packaging, processing, freezing, grading, storing, or delivering to storage or to market or to a carrier for transportation to market, in its unmanufactured state, any agricultural or horticultural commodity; but only if such operator produced more than one-half of the commodity with respect to which such service is performed.