Wisconsin offers assistance to furloughed federal employees

By Freeman Staff

Jan. 16, 2019

MADISON — Federal employees who are finding themselves on furlough because of the federal shutdown are able to apply for unemployment benefits in Wisconsin to help meet their financial needs.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development sent out an announcement Tuesday saying the state can help those waiting for their federal work to resume.

“We are ready to assist any federal employee that is facing a lack of work and income due to the partial shutdown,” said Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman in a statement. “Furloughed federal workers are dislocated workers, unemployed through no fault of their own and can apply for unemployment.”

Federal employees can apply for unemployment through DWD’s online UI benefit system at my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov. Because many federal offices are currently closed, furloughed workers should be prepared to provide wage verification in the form of pay stubs or a W-2 form as DWD may be unable to verify wages through the employer.

Federal workers that are working full time but are not being paid during the partial shutdown are not eligible for unemployment benefits. There are more than 29,000 federal employees in Wisconsin.

Per preliminary counts, DWD’s unemployment division fielded roughly 426 total initial and continued unemployment compensation claims between Jan. 7 and Jan. 11. As required by law, workers who receive back pay should plan to repay any unemployment benefits received.