Extra $600 unemployment benefits to start flowing for Wisconsinites


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Updated: 9:58 a.m. on April 29, 2020 

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced Wednesday, April 29 it has started disbursing $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments. 

DWD says, FPUC is a temporary emergency increase of $600 per week in unemployment benefits. FPUC provides additional payment to individuals who are collecting benefits from ANY of the following programs:

Claimants DO NOT need to take any action to receive the additional $600-per-week benefit, according to the DWD; the payment will be automatically added to their benefit payments.

This means that if you have a pending unemployment application or are currently receiving unemployment benefits, no action needs to be taken, so long as your circumstances have not changed, you remain eligible for benefits under one of the programs above, and you continue to file a weekly claim. You will receive the $600 benefit in the same way you receive your regular unemployment benefit.To those individuals who established a claim before April 4, 2020, the benefit will be retroactively provided from the week ending April 4, 2020, UI week 14/20.

Note that the $600 FPUC benefit will not impact your income eligibility, as it is not considered earned income.  The $600 is not based on your weekly benefit rate. If you are eligible for some type of UI benefit as listed above, then you are eligible for the full $600 in addition to the unemployment benefits you are due.

DWD says, this is a temporary benefit and the last payable week in Wisconsin will conclude the week ending July 25, 2020.

For more information, CLICK HERE

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Published: 5:03 p.m. on April 27, 2020 

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- Those who are currently collecting regular unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, will start to receive additional $600 stimulus payments -- according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

The DWD says the $600 a week in federal stimulus dollars will begin later this week through July 25, 2020. 

For more information on the Federal Stimulus Bill, CLICK HERE

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