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30 Oct

October 2020 Wisconsin HR Legal Updates

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New Separation Notice Required

What happened?
Pursuant to an emergency rule issued by the Department of Workforce development (DWD) employers, starting November 2, 2020, must notify any separated worker about the availability of unemployment insurance benefits.

What are the details?
The rule does not specify what type of separations qualify, so employers are recommended to give the notice to all separated workers. There is no direct monetary penalty for noncompliance, but a worker who does not receive the notice may backdate their unemployment insurance claim.

The DWD has provided suggested language to provide, found here.

What do employers need to do?
Wisconsin employers should use the suggested language provided to create a notice to provide to workers upon separation.