Work search requirement reinstated

You will have to work a little harder to keep collecting unemployment in the state of Wisconsin.


The Wisconsin Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee voted 6-4 on Wednesday to reinstate a rule requiring people collecting unemployment checks to prove they are looking for work. That includes at least four job search activities a week beginning on Sunday. According to WLUK in Green Bay, that means filling out a resume on the Job Center of Wisconsin’s website and show proof they are applying to at least four jobs a week. Governor Tony Evers waived the rule at the onset of the pandemic due to many businesses closing up due to Safer at Home Order rules. Now many of those businesses are opening back up, but in a limited fashion in some cases due to a lack of employees.


State Rep. Joel Kitchens expressed the importance of people getting back to work when he talked to last week.

Over 30 states reinstituted job search requirements for people collecting unemployment. Republican lawmakers are also looking for Wisconsin to join other states like nearby Indiana and Iowa to end the $300 per week stimulus for unemployed people. Proponents of the bill say the extra boost is hindering incentivizing people to stay home rather than looking for a job. Opponents say more attention should be paid to other ideas that could bring people back to the workforce like increasing the minimum wage and improving access to health care.

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