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108.04 (1) (c) If a leave of absence is granted to an employe for a portion of a week, the employe's eligibility for benefits for that partial week shall be reduced by the amount of wages that the employe could have earned in his or her work had the leave not been granted. For purposes of this paragraph, the department shall treat the amount the employe would have earned as wages in that work for that week as wages earned by the employe and shall apply the method specified in s. 108.05 (3) (a) to compute the benefits payable to the employe. The department shall estimate the wages that an employe would have earned for a partial week if it is not possible to compute the exact amount of wages that the employe would have earned for that partial week.
15,16 Section 16. 108.04 (2) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
108.04 (2) (a) 1. The individual is able to work and available for work and is seeking suitable work during that week; and
15,17 Section 17. 108.04 (2) (a) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
108.04 (2) (a) 2. As of that week, the individual has registered for work.; and
15,18 Section 18. 108.04 (2) (a) 3. of the statutes is created to read:
108.04 (2) (a) 3. The individual is seeking suitable work during that week or, during the 104-week period beginning on the effective date of this subdivision .... [revisor inserts date], the individual conducts a reasonable search for suitable work during that week. The work search required under this subdivision must include 2 actions that constitute a reasonable search as prescribed by rule of the department.
15,19 Section 19. 108.04 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.04 (5) Discharge for misconduct. An employe whose work is terminated by an employing unit for misconduct connected with the employe's work is ineligible to receive benefits until 7 weeks have elapsed since the end of the week in which the discharge occurs and the employe earns wages after the week in which the discharge occurs equal to at least 14 times the employe's weekly benefit rate under s. 108.05 (1) in employment or other work covered by the unemployment insurance law of any state or the federal government. For purposes of requalification, the employe's weekly benefit rate shall be that rate which would have been paid had the discharge not occurred. The wages paid to an employe by an employer which terminates employment of the employe for misconduct connected with the employe's employment shall be excluded from the employe's base period wages under s. 108.06 (1) for purposes of benefit entitlement. The department shall, by rule, prescribe the conditions under which an employe's possession, use or impairment due to use of a controlled substance, as defined in s. 961.01 (4), or a controlled substance analog, as defined in s. 961.01 (4m), or an employe's violation of a work rule relating to controlled substances testing constitutes misconduct. This subsection does not preclude an employe who has employment with an employer other than the employer which terminated the employe for misconduct from establishing a benefit year using the base period wages excluded under this subsection if the employe qualifies to establish a benefit year under s. 108.06 (2) (a). The department shall charge to the fund's balancing account any benefits otherwise chargeable to the account of an employer that is subject to the contribution requirements under ss. 108.17 and 108.18 from which base period wages are excluded under this subsection.
15,20 Section 20. 108.04 (6) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.04 (6) Disciplinary suspension. An employe whose work is suspended by an employing unit for good cause connected with the employe's work is ineligible to receive benefits until 3 weeks have elapsed since the end of the week in which the suspension occurs or until the suspension is terminated, whichever occurs first. The department shall, by rule, prescribe the conditions under which an employe's possession, use or impairment due to use of a controlled substance, as defined in s. 961.01 (4), or a controlled substance analog, as defined in s. 961.01 (4m), or an employe's violation of a work rule relating to controlled substances testing constitutes good cause for suspension. This subsection does not preclude an employe from establishing a benefit year during a period in which the employe is ineligible to receive benefits under this subsection if the employe qualifies to establish a benefit year under s. 108.06 (2) (a).
15,21 Section 21. 108.04 (7) (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.04 (7) (title) Voluntary termination of employment work.
15,22 Section 22. 108.04 (7) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.04 (7) (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply if the department determines that the employe terminated his or her work with good cause attributable to the employing unit. In this paragraph, "good cause" includes, but is not limited to, a request, suggestion or directive by the employing unit that the employe violate federal or Wisconsin law, or sexual harassment, as defined in s. 111.32 (13), by an employing unit or employing unit's agent or a co-worker, of which the employer knew or should have known but failed to take timely and appropriate corrective action.
15,23 Section 23. 108.04 (7) (cm) of the statutes is created to read:
108.04 (7) (cm) Paragraph (a) does not apply if an employe is hired to work a particular shift and if the department determines that the employe terminated his or her work as the result of a requirement by his or her employing unit to transfer his or her working hours to a shift occurring at a time that would result in a lack of child care for his or her minor children, provided that the employe is able to work and available for full-time work during the same shift that the employe worked in the employe's most recent work with that employing unit. For purposes of sub. (2) (a), such an employe is not deemed unavailable for work solely for refusing to work a shift other than the one for which the employe was hired.
15,24 Section 24. 108.04 (7) (h) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.04 (7) (h) The department shall charge to the fund's balancing account benefits paid to an employe that are otherwise chargeable to the account of an employer that is subject to the contribution requirements of ss. 108.17 and 108.18 if the employe voluntarily terminates employment with that employer and par. (a), (c), (d), (e), (k), (L), (o), (p) or, (q) or (s) applies.
15,25 Section 25. 108.04 (7) (i) of the statutes is repealed.
15,26 Section 26. 108.04 (7) (s) of the statutes is created to read:
108.04 (7) (s) 1. In this paragraph:
a. "Domestic abuse" means physical abuse, including a violation of s. 940.225 (1), (2) or (3), or a threat of physical abuse by an adult family or adult household member against another family or household member; by an adult person against his or her spouse or former spouse; or by an adult person against a person with whom the person has a child in common.
b. "Family member" means a spouse, parent, child or person related by consanguinity to another person.
c. "Household member" means a person who is currently or formerly residing in a place of abode with another person.
2. Paragraph (a) does not apply if the employe:
a. Terminates his or her work due to domestic abuse, concerns about personal safety or harassment, concerns about the safety or harassment of his or her family members who reside with the employe or concerns about the safety or harassment of other household members;
b. Prior to termination of his or her employment, obtains a temporary restraining order or an injunction under s. 813.12, 813.122, 813.123, 813.125 or 813.127, or has a foreign protection order recognized under s. 813.128; and
c. Demonstrates to the department that the order has been or is reasonably likely to be violated.
15,27 Section 27. 108.04 (11) (cm) of the statutes is created to read:
108.04 (11) (cm) Any person who makes a false statement or representation in order to obtain benefits in the name of another person may, by a determination or decision issued under s. 108.095, be required to repay the amount of the benefits obtained and be assessed an administrative assessment in an additional amount equal to not more than 50% of the amount of benefits obtained.
15,28 Section 28. 108.04 (11) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.04 (11) (d) In addition to other remedies, the department may, by civil action, recover any benefits obtained by means of any false statement or representation or any administrative assessment imposed under par. (cm). Chapter 778 does not apply to collection of any benefits or assessment under this paragraph.
15,29 Section 29. 108.04 (13) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.04 (13) (d) 1. If the department finds that any benefits charged to an employer's account have been erroneously paid to an employe without fault by the employer, the department shall notify the employe and the employer of the erroneous payment.
2. If recovery of an overpayment is permitted under s. 108.22 (8) (c) and benefits are currently payable to the employe from the employer's account, the department may correct the error by adjusting the benefits accordingly.
3. To correct any erroneous payment not so adjusted , whenever recovery of an overpayment is permitted under s. 108.22 (8) (c) that was charged to the account of an employer that is subject to the contribution requirements of ss. 108.17 and 108.18, the department shall:
a. If recovery of an overpayment is permitted under s. 108.22 (8) (c), restore the proper amount to the employer's account and charge that amount to the fund's balancing account, and shall thereafter reimburse the balancing account by crediting to it benefits which would otherwise be payable to, or cash recovered from, the employe, unless the employer is a government unit or nonprofit organization which has elected reimbursement financing. or;
4. To correct any erroneous payment not so adjusted from the account of an employer which is a government unit or a nonprofit organization and which has elected reimbursement financing, whenever recovery of an overpayment is permitted under s. 108.22 (8) (c), the department shall:
a. If recovery of an overpayment is permitted under s. 108.22 (8) (c), credit to the account benefits which would otherwise be payable to, or cash received from, the employe; or
b. If recovery of an overpayment is not permitted under s. 108.22 (8) (c), restore the proper amount to the employer's account and charge that amount in accordance with s. 108.07 (5).
15,30 Section 30. 108.04 (13) (d) 3. b. of the statutes is created to read:
108.04 (13) (d) 3. b. If recovery of an overpayment is not permitted under s. 108.22 (8) (c), restore the proper amount to the employer's account and charge that amount to the fund's balancing account unless s. 108.07 (5) (c) applies.
15,31 Section 31. 108.05 (1) (h) and (i) of the statutes are repealed.
15,32 Section 32. 108.05 (1) (j) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.05 (1) (j) (intro.) Each eligible employe shall be paid benefits for each week of total unemployment which commences on or after January 3, 1999, and before April 2, 2000, at the weekly benefit rate specified in this paragraph. Unless sub. (1m) applies, the weekly benefit rate shall equal 4% of the employe's base period wages which were paid during that quarter of the employe's base period in which the employe was paid the highest total wages, rounded down to the nearest whole dollar, except that if that amount is less than the minimum amount shown in the following schedule, no benefits are payable to the employe and if that amount is more than the maximum amount shown in the following schedule, the employe's weekly benefit rate shall be the maximum amount shown in the following schedule and except that if the employe's benefits are exhausted during any week under s. 108.06 (1), the employe shall be paid the remaining amount of benefits payable to the employe in lieu of the amount shown in the following schedule: [See Figure 108.05 (1) (j) following]
15,33 Section 33. 108.05 (1) (k) and (L) of the statutes are created to read:
108.05 (1) (k) Each eligible employe shall be paid benefits for each week of total unemployment which commences on or after April 2, 2000, and before October 1, 2000, at the weekly benefit rate specified in this paragraph. Unless sub. (1m) applies, the weekly benefit rate shall equal 4% of the employe's base period wages which were paid during that quarter of the employe's base period in which the employe was paid the highest total wages, rounded down to the nearest whole dollar, except that if that amount is less than the minimum amount shown in the following schedule, no benefits are payable to the employe and if that amount is more than the maximum amount shown in the following schedule, the employe's weekly benefit rate shall be the maximum amount shown in the following schedule and except that if the employe's benefits are exhausted during any week under s. 108.06 (1), the employe shall be paid the remaining amount of benefits payable to the employe in lieu of the amount shown in the following schedule: [See Figure 108.05 (1) (k) following]
Figure 108.05 (1) (k):
(L) Each eligible employe shall be paid benefits for each week of total unemployment which commences on or after October 1, 2000, at the weekly benefit rate specified in this paragraph. Unless sub. (1m) applies, the weekly benefit rate shall equal 4% of the employe's base period wages which were paid during that quarter of the employe's base period in which the employe was paid the highest total wages, rounded down to the nearest whole dollar, except that if that amount is less than the minimum amount shown in the following schedule, no benefits are payable to the employe and if that amount is more than the maximum amount shown in the following schedule, the employe's weekly benefit rate shall be the maximum amount shown in the following schedule and except that if the employe's benefits are exhausted during any week under s. 108.06 (1), the employe shall be paid the remaining amount of benefits payable to the employe in lieu of the amount shown in the following schedule: [See Figure 108.05 (1) (L) following]
Figure 108.05 (1) (L):
15,34 Section 34. 108.05 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.05 (3) (a) Except as provided in par. pars. (b) and (c), if an eligible employe earns wages in a given week, the first $30 of the wages shall be disregarded and the employe's applicable weekly benefit payment shall be reduced by 67% of the remaining amount, except that no such employe is eligible for benefits if the employe's benefit payment would be less than $5 for any week. For purposes of this paragraph, "wages" includes any salary reduction amounts earned that are not wages and that are deducted from the salary of a claimant by an employer pursuant to a salary reduction agreement under a cafeteria plan, within the meaning of 26 USC 125, and any amount that a claimant would have earned in available work which is treated as wages under s. 108.04 (1) (a), but excludes any amount that a claimant earns for services performed as a volunteer fire fighter or volunteer emergency medical technician. In applying this paragraph, the department shall disregard discrepancies of less than $2 between wages reported by employes and employers.
15,35 Section 35. 108.05 (3) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
108.05 (3) (c) A claimant is ineligible to receive any benefits for a week in which the claimant works a total of 40 or more hours for one or more employing units.
15,36 Section 36. 108.06 (2) (cm) of the statutes is created to read:
108.06 (2) (cm) If an employe qualifies to receive benefits using the base period described in s. 108.02 (4) (b), the wages used to compute the employe's benefit entitlement are not available for use in any subsequent benefit computation for the same employe, except under s. 108.141 or 108.142.
15,37 Section 37. 108.09 (2) (bm) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.09 (2) (bm) In determining whether an individual meets the conditions specified in s. 108.02 (12) (b) 2. a. or b. or (bm) 1. or 2., the department shall not consider documents granting operating authority or licenses, or any state or federal laws or federal regulations granting such authority or licenses.
15,38 Section 38. 108.09 (4s) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.09 (4s) Employe status. In determining whether an individual meets the conditions specified in s. 108.02 (12) (b) 2. a. or b. or (bm) 1. or 2., the appeal tribunal shall not take administrative notice of or admit into evidence documents granting operating authority or licenses, or any state or federal laws or federal regulations granting such authority or licenses.
15,39 Section 39. 108.095 of the statutes is created to read:
108.095 False statements or representations to obtain benefits payable to other persons. (1) The procedures under this section apply to any issue arising under this chapter concerning any alleged false statement or representation of a person to obtain benefits that are payable to another person, and are in addition to any determination, decision or other procedure provided under s. 108.09. The procedures under this section apply whether or not a penalty for an offense is provided under s. 108.24.
(2) The department shall investigate whether any person has obtained benefits that were payable to another person by means of any false statement or representation, and may issue an initial determination concerning its findings. The department shall mail a copy of the determination to the last-known address of each party affected thereby. Unless designated by a determination under this section, an employing unit is not a party to the determination. The department may set aside or amend the determination at any time prior to a hearing concerning the determination under sub. (5) on the basis of subsequent information or to correct a mistake, including an error of law.
(3) Any party to a determination may appeal that determination by requesting a hearing concerning any matter in that determination if the request is received by the department or postmarked within 14 days after the mailing.
(4) Upon issuance of a determination, the department is a party to the determination.
(5) Any hearing shall be held before an appeal tribunal appointed under s. 108.09 (3). Section 108.09 (4) and (5) applies to the proceeding before the tribunal.
(6) Any party may petition the commission for review of the decision of the appeal tribunal under s. 108.09 (6). The commission's authority to take action concerning any issue or proceeding under this section is the same as that provided in s. 108.09 (6).
(7) Any party may commence an action for judicial review of a decision of the commission under this section, after exhausting the remedies provided under this section, by commencing the action within 30 days after the decision of the commission is mailed to the department and the last-known address of each other party. The scope and manner of judicial review is the same as that provided in s. 108.09 (7).
(8) The mailing of determinations and decisions under this section shall be first class and may include the use of services performed by the postal service requiring the payment of extra fees.
15,40 Section 40. 108.15 (3) (e) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.15 (3) (e) Each time a government unit elects or reelects contribution financing its initial contribution rate shall be 2.7% on its payroll for each of the first 3 calendar years in which such election or reelection is in effect, plus any contributions payable under s. 108.18 (2) (b). If a government unit terminates its election of contribution financing it may not reelect contribution financing within a period of 3 calendar years thereafter.
15,41 Section 41. 108.151 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.151 (1) Employer's contribution rate. Each nonprofit organization which is or becomes an employer subject to this chapter shall be subject to all its provisions except as it may elect reimbursement financing in accordance with sub. (2). If such an approved election is terminated, the employer's contribution rate shall be 2.7% on its payroll for each of the next 3 calendar years, plus any contributions payable under s. 108.18 (2) (b).
15,42 Section 42. 108.16 (6) (e) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.16 (6) (e) The amount of any benefit check duly issued and delivered or mailed to an employe, if such check has not been presented for payment within one year after its date of issue; provided that a substitute check may be issued and charged to the balancing account, at any time within the next following year if the employe makes application therefor within 6 years after the date of issue of the original check;
15,43 Section 43. 108.16 (6m) (e) of the statutes is amended to read:
108.16 (6m) (e) Any overpayment of benefits that is written off under sub. (3), unless it is chargeable to an employer's account under s. 108.04 (13) (c) or (d).
15,44 Section 44. 108.161 (3e) of the statutes is created to read:
108.161 (3e) Notwithstanding sub. (3), any moneys allocated under section 903 of the federal Social Security Act for federal fiscal years 2000, 2001 and 2002 shall be used solely for unemployment insurance administration.
15,45 Section 45. 108.18 (2) (b) of the statutes is repealed.
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