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Wisconsin employers have until August 15, 2020 to request relief from benefit charges due to COVID-19

Aug 03, 2020

You may qualify for relief of unemployment insurance (UI) benefit charging if your employees were laid off due to the public health emergency declared by Executive Order 72 (COVID-19 Coronavirus) and filed initial unemployment claims for weeks starting after May 16, 2020.

Both contributory and reimbursing employers can request relief by completing Form UCB-18823-E, (Relief of Charging Due to Public Health Emergency). Generally, the form must be submitted within 30 days after an initial claim is filed. Forms submitted for claims filed from May 17, 2020, to June 30, 2020, however, must be submitted by August 15. You are to email the completed form(s) to the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) as an encrypted document (password protected) and send a separate email with the password for the protected document to them also. The subject line of the emails should include the WI UI account number. 

Benefits charged from March 15, 2020, through June 30, 2020, will not affect employer contributions rates for 2021. Benefit charging relief may take several months to complete due to manual processing, according to the DWD. 

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