DWD Gets Federal Grant to Begin Updating UI Computer System

On Thursday, March 18, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced that it had secured a $2.4 million federal grant to begin updating the computer system used to administer the state’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. The updates are a result of 2021 Act 4, which was signed by Governor Tony Evers on February 25. DWD […]

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DWD Announces New Round of Worker Training Grants

On February 12, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced a new phase of worker training grants under the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) program. The program, administered by the Office of Skills Development (OSD) at DWD, provides grants for training programs to help unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers learn new skills. The grants are intended […]

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Judge Again Blocks Release of Business Names with COVID-19 Cases

On Monday, November 30, a Waukesha judge extended the temporary restraining order prohibiting the state from releasing the names of businesses with more than 25 employees, who have had at least two workers test positive for COVID-19. Recall, in early October Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) filed suit in Waukesha County seeking an injunction to […]

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DWD Announces Worker Training Grants

The Department of Workforce Development’s Office of Skills Development (OSD) will begin accepting applications for a worker training grant opportunity next week.  The “Industry Sectors Worker Training Grant” is a redesigned opportunity in the Wisconsin Fast Forward program. According to OSD the “grant program is designed to help fund the development of innovative and collaborative […]

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Wisconsin UI Program Continues to Confront Delays; DWD Secretary Resigns

  Wisconsin’s Unemployment Insurance Program (UI) continues to be front and center as COVID-19 impacts layoffs in Wisconsin. Initial reports of call center failures were confirmed last week by an audit done by the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB). The audit briefing sheet shared that the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), the cabinet agency that administers […]

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Department of Revenue Economic Forecast

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) has released an updated economic forecast. The latest forecast notes that several economic indicators fared better than expected since the forecast released in May. Specifically, employment began to improve in May, with Wisconsin recovering 75,000 jobs. DOR predicts that Wisconsin will recover close to 25 percent of jobs lost […]

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Leg Council Memo on Worker’s Compensation & COVID-19

Wisconsin Legislative Council recently released an issue paper overviewing employer liability for employees diagnosed with COVID-19 after returning to work. The paper explains that Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation Act provides that employee injuries sustained from an illness or infection are coverable by Worker’s Compensation, but employees must prove they became ill in the course of their […]

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Study Finds Federal Davis-Bacon Act Increases Costs, Limits Competition in Wisconsin

A new study from Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), partnering with Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin (ABC), shows the federal Davis-Bacon Act  increases costs while limiting competition for construction jobs in Wisconsin. The Davis-Bacon Act, enacted in 1931, requires construction companies to provide a federally mandated “prevailing wage” on projects funded by […]

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Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Unemployment Insurance Program

On May 27, the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform held an informational hearing on Wisconsin’s Unemployment Insurance (UI)  program. The hearing was held as Wisconsin unemployment numbers are at record highs, and many Republican legislators are criticizing Gov. Tony Evers’s administration for reports of major backlogs in UI requests. As noted in the […]

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WEDC Releases Reopening Guidelines

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has released reopening guidelines for Wisconsin businesses. The guidelines provide industry-specific documents to guide businesses on how to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions loosen. General guidelines for businesses include protecting employees by implementing telework and social distancing, if possible. Employers should also require employees to stay home when sick, promote […]

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