2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
May 21, 2021 - Introduced by Senators Marklein, Feyen,
Bradley, Darling, Felzkowski, Jagler, Kapenga, LeMahieu, Nass,
Stafsholt, Stroebel, Testin, Wanggaard and Wimberger, cosponsored by
Representatives Vos, Callahan, Allen, Armstrong, August, Born,
Brandtjen, Cabral-Guevara, Dallman, Dittrich, Duchow, Edming,
Gundrum, Horlacher, James, Katsma, Knodl, Kuglitsch, Kurtz,
Loudenbeck, Macco, Magnafici, Moses, Murphy, Neylon, Petersen, Petryk,
Plumer, Rozar, Schraa, Spiros, Steineke, Summerfield, Swearingen,
Tauchen, Thiesfeldt, Tittl, Tranel, VanderMeer, Wichgers, Wittke and
Zimmerman. Referred to Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform.
1An Act to amend
108.04 (2) (bb) (intro.) and 108.04 (2) (bd) (intro.); and to create
108.04 (2) (be) of the statutes;
relating to: participation in federal
3unemployment benefit programs and work search requirements for
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill does all of the following:
1. Requires the governor and the secretary of workforce development to
terminate this state's participation in federal programs that provide or supplement
unemployment benefits to workers in this state. These programs include a) the
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which provides a benefit to
certain workers not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment insurance (UI)
benefits, b) the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
program, which provides additional weeks of UI benefit payments beyond the
normal 26 weeks available under state law, and c) the Federal Pandemic
Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) and Mixed Earner Unemployment
Compensation (MEUC) programs, which provide an additional dollar benefit on top
of regular UI benefits, PEUC benefits, PUA benefits, and work-share benefits. The
bill requires that the termination be effective beginning with the earliest week that
the agreements can be terminated.
2. Prohibits DWD from waiving the work search requirement for any reason
that is related to COVID-19 or the the COVID-19 pandemic or a public health
emergency that is in response to or otherwise related to COVID-19.
Under current law, a claimant for UI benefits is generally required to search for
work each week in order to remain eligible, but the Department of Workforce
Development is required to waive these requirements under certain circumstances.
Under current law, DWD has limited rule-making authority to modify the
availability of waivers or establish additional waivers if necessary to comply with a
requirement under federal law or if specifically allowed under federal law.
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:
108.04 (2) (bb) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(bb) (intro.) The department shall, except as provided under par. 3pars.
(bd) and (be)
, waive the work search requirement under par. (a) 3. if any of the 4
108.04 (2) (bd) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(bd) (intro.) The
Except as provided in par. (be), the
department may, 7
by rule, do any of the following if doing so is necessary to comply with a requirement 8
under federal law or is specifically allowed under federal law:
108.04 (2) (be) of the statutes is created to read:
(be) 1. In this paragraph:
a. “COVID-19” means the SARS-CoV-2 virus and any related disease.
b. “Public health emergency” includes any public health emergency declared 13
under s. 323.10, including any extension, any action by the department of health 14
services under ch. 252, any federally declared emergency, or any period in which this 15
state has been the subject of a major disaster declaration.
2. The department may not waive the work search requirement under par. (a) 17
3. for any reason that is related to COVID-19 or the COVID-19 pandemic or a public
health emergency that is in response to or otherwise related to COVID-19 or the 2
Termination of participation in federal unemployment assistance
(a) The governor and the secretary of workforce development shall act to 7
terminate all of the following:
1. The agreement under 15 USC 9021
(f) governing this state's participation 9
in the pandemic unemployment assistance program under 15 USC 9021
2. The agreement under 15 USC 9023
(a) governing this state's participation 11
in the federal pandemic unemployment compensation and mixed earner 12
unemployment compensation programs under 15 USC 9023
3. The agreement under 15 USC 9025
(a) governing this state's participation 14
in the pandemic emergency unemployment compensation program under 15 USC
(b) The termination of the agreements under par. (a) shall be effective for weeks 17
of unemployment beginning with the earliest week after the effective date of this 18
paragraph that the agreements can be terminated.
(1) The treatment of s. 108.04 (2) (bb) (intro.), (bd) (intro.), and (be) first applies 21
to weeks of unemployment beginning on the Sunday after publication.