"In Wisconsin, the maximum you can receive benefits at this point is 26 weeks," Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman said during a recent Newsmakers interview. "Unless there is legislative action that changes that number...I don't see that changing, and we'll have to see what this federal package unveils." Sec. Frostman responded to questions regarding the unemployment insurance situation in Wisconsin during the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, unemployment insurance in Wisconsin provides a maximum weekly benefit of $370, and Wisconsinites who file will experience a one week waiting period before receiving benefits. However, Sec. Frostman is optimistic that the waiting period will change based on Governor Tony Evers' request for a legislative solution to repeal it. 1099 filers which includes self-employed individuals are not eligible for unemployment in Wisconsin.
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