Qualifying individuals in Wisconsin can receive unemployment benefits through Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development. The department's website provides comprehensive information on unemployment benefits, including benefit application, payment options, filing a claim and general benefit information. A collection of unemployment insurance forms and publications is also available.
The Department of Workforce Development's website tailors its unemployment information according to whether the website visitor is a worker, employer or service provider. The website gives workers applying for unemployment benefits a list of tasks to complete before applying for benefits. These include resources where workers can determine whether they are eligible for benefits, as well as questions that may arise concerning the relationship of unemployment benefits to Social Security or pensions.
Workers applying for benefits may do so either online or over the phone. The DWD website provides both the phone contact information and online platform necessary to complete an application. The online application procedure is usually more time-efficient, convenient and secure than a phone-based application.
To be eligible for unemployment insurance, applicants must have access to their Social Security numbers, Wisconsin driver's licenses, 18 months of work history and, depending on variable factors such as military service, any necessary special forms or documents specific to their situation.