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Unemployment Insurance: Wisconsin

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Alan M. Levy, Lindner & Marsack, S.C.


  • Most employers are subject to the Wisconsin Unemployment Compensation Act. See Employer Coverage.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
  • Claimants may be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits in certain cases. See Disqualification From Benefits.
  • Unemployment benefits generally last up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • An employer may challenge a benefits claim. See Filing Claims.
  • Employers must follow specified posting requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • Wisconsin offers the Work-Share Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See Work-Share Program.