Extended Benefits (EB)

(Additional 13 Weeks when Regular UI and PEUC Exhausted)

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Last updated on 12/16/2020 at 11:15 am

NOTE: The EB program was deployed on December 2, 2020.

Topics:  EB Overview  |  EB Payments  |  Filing for EB  |  EB FAQs

EB Overview

Wisconsin triggered onto the Extended Benefit (EB) program, which provides additional unemployment benefits to those who exhaust previous benefits, effective May 17, 2020 due to an increase in the state's unemployment rate. Wisconsin has met the criteria for turning off the EB program effective November 7, 2020. No EB payments can be made for weeks claimed after week ending November 7, 2020 (UI week 45/20).

Unemployed individuals who exhaust their regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) may be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of benefits.

NOTE: The EB program does not apply to individuals collecting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

EB Payments

  • Payment Amount:
    • Same as individual's regular UI benefit.
  • Duration of EB Benefits (additional 13 weeks):
    • First Payable Week: Retroactive to week ending May 23, 2020 (or the first week after an individual exhausts regular UI and PEUC, whichever is later).
    • Last Payable Week: Week ending November 7, 2020 (or 13 weeks of EB payments, whichever happens sooner).

Filing for EB

Individuals with remaining balances of regular UI or PEUC will continue to draw those benefit payments until exhausted. Individuals filing will be provided messaging in their claimant portal prior to exhausting benefits, and will be able to submit a new initial application to continue their benefit payment under EB.

Click on the link in the Important Message section on your dashboard to file for EB. Please watch for special messaging on the Getting Started > week selection page within the application. Choosing the wrong week could delay payment.

claimant portal EB screenshot

Individuals no longer filing at the time programming was completed were mailed a letter on November 30, 2020 notifying them of potential eligibility.

EB Frequently Asked Questions

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EB is payable to individuals who qualify for and then exhaust both their regular UI benefits and PEUC. When that individual's benefit year ends, the individual is directed to file a new initial claim in their claimant portal. The department must then determine whether the individual qualifies for a new benefit year (and therefore regular UI in that benefit year).

  • If the individual does qualify for a new benefit year (regular UI) they would receive regular UI benefits at the amount established for that new benefit year. They would only again receive EB if they exhaust those regular UI benefits and PEUC.
  • If the individual does not qualify for a new benefit year (regular UI), they can receive the remainder of EB from their exhausted benefit year as long as the weeks are still within the EB period.
    *Setting up to pay the remainder of EB is not automatic; it takes manual work by staff.

You must exhaust all regular UI benefits and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment (PEUC) compensation before you may file an application for EB.

Yes, if you are eligible for EB between May 17, 2020, when Wisconsin triggered onto EB, and July 25, 2020, when FPUC ends you will receive the $600 for each week you are eligible for a payment.

If you have exhausted regular UI and PEUC, you will have the opportunity to file an initial application for EB and receive all back payments due to you through November 7.

In this example, you would receive 3 weeks of EB. The last week we can pay EB is for the week ending November 7 (UI week 45/20). You can receive EB from the first week you are eligible for 13 total weeks, or through the week ending November 7, whichever happens sooner.

The Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program that provides an additional $300 per week to eligible claimants whose weekly benefit rate is at least $100 per week* and who certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19 during the weeks ending August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22, August 29, and September 5, 2020. Other criteria is available on the LWA webpage. If you meet the eligibility criteria, LWA payments are made once a week- on Tuesday evenings- for the previous week as funds are still available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
*Work-Share claimants are eligible for LWA if at least $100 is payable to them post-reduction