American Rescue Plan Act – Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Stimulus

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American Rescue Plan Act – Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Stimulus March 16, 2021 | COVID | Current Events | Employment   President Biden signed a massive piece of COVID-19 relief legislation on Thursday, March 11, with benefits totaling approximately $1.9 trillion dollars. The bill, named the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), provides the well-publicized $1,400 for […]

Unemployment Insurance Questions Answered

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Unemployment Insurance Questions Answered March 25, 2020 | COVID | Employment | Events    Nearly 70,000 claims for unemployment insurance were filed in Wisconsin for the week beginning March 16, 2020, with 21,000 filing on Monday March 23, and the filings are expected to rise before they subside. The average weekly claims filed for weeks […]

How Badly Does My Employee Have to Mess Up to be Denied UI Benefits?

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Updated: May 2, 2019 An employee messed up.  You need to fire him or her.  Will he or she receive unemployment insurance (“UI” also sometimes referred to as unemployment compensation) benefits?  Well, the UI division, and the courts, look at just how bad the conduct was.  In a recent decision, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals […]

How do probationary periods affect Unemployment Insurance?

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If I terminate an employee after a 90 day probationary period, do I still have to pay Unemployment Insurance? Most likely, yes. But, not immediately. And, possibly not ever. Contrary to popular belief, a probationary status has no bearing on whether an employer has to pay unemployment insurance. Whether an employer plans on having its […]