2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
March 26, 2020 - Introduced by Representatives Pronschinske, Nygren, Brostoff,
Cabrera, Edming, Milroy, Schraa, Tittl, Vorpagel and Wichgers,
cosponsored by Senators Jacque, Wanggaard, Carpenter, Risser and L.
Taylor. Referred to Committee on Rules.
1An Act to renumber and amend
108.04 (3); and to create
108.02 (23c) and 2
108.04 (3) (b) of the statutes; relating to: suspension of the waiting period for
3collection of unemployment insurance benefits.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Currently, a claimant must wait one week after becoming eligible to receive
unemployment insurance benefits before the claimant may receive benefits for a
week of unemployment. The waiting period does not affect the maximum number
of weeks of a claimant's benefit eligibility.
This bill allows the secretary of workforce development to suspend the
application of the one-week waiting period for up to 52 weeks during a declared state
of emergency as is needed to address the state of emergency. The bill also specifically
requires the secretary to suspend the application of the one-week waiting period
retroactively for benefit years that began on March 15, 2020, so as to apply to the
public health emergency declared on March 12, 2020, by executive order 72.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
108.02 (23c) of the statutes is created to read:
108.02 (23c) Secretary.
“Secretary” means the secretary of workforce 2
108.04 (3) of the statutes is renumbered 108.04 (3) (a) and amended 4
(a) The Subject to par. (b), the
first week of a claimant's benefit year 6
for which the claimant has timely applied and is otherwise eligible for regular 7
benefits under this chapter is the claimant's waiting period for that benefit year.
108.04 (3) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
(b) The secretary may, by order, suspend the application of par. (a) 10
for up to 52 weeks during a state of emergency declared under s. 323.10 as is needed 11
to address the state of emergency. Notwithstanding s. 227.10 (1), the order need not 12
be promulgated as a rule under ch. 227.
(1) The secretary of workforce development shall, under s. 108.04 (3) (b), 15
suspend the application of s. 108.04 (3) (a) retroactively for benefit years that began 16
on March 15, 2020, so as to apply to the public health emergency declared on March 17
12, 2020, by executive order 72, including any extension under s. 323.10.