Saturday, December 18, 2010

Unemployment Benefits to Resume for 12,000 Wisconsin Residents

Now that Obama extended the Bush tax cuts that provided for an extension of unemployment benefits for thousands of unemployed Americans, Wisconsin residents who qualify for the extension will see their benefits resume as of Friday night when the Department of Workforce Development began processing extension payments. From the Journal Sentinel article on the extension:

The agency pointed out that the legislation does not provide additional weeks of benefits to those who have exhausted all entitlements under previous law.

In Wisconsin, claimants are currently eligible for up to 86 weeks of benefits. In other states with higher unemployment, claimants are eligible for up to 99 weeks.

The U.S. Department of Labor says 94,291 people in Wisconsin are currently receiving extended unemployment benefits beyond the 26 weeks states always provide.

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Key details
• Retroactive payments will be mailed Monday.

• Claimants should expect to receive payment within one to three business days after the agency processes their checks.

• Claimants can confirm that their payments have been made by using the claims inquiry system at the website www.ucclaim-wi.org or (800) 494-4944.

• Claimants can see which program (or "tier") they are in by reviewing their most recent benefits statement.

Enochs Law Firm

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