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Wisconsin workers affected by recent flooding may now apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance – but only for a short while. The application deadline is the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23, 2018. If you live in Marquette County, the deadline to apply is Monday, December 3, 2018.

To qualify for flooding unemployment assistance, applicants must be Wisconsin residents unemployed or partially unemployed as a result of one of the severe weather incidents that occurred in Wisconsin between August 17, 2018 and September 14, 2018. Self-employed Wisconsin residents may also qualify for assistance.

Flood waters rising in a residential Wisconsin neighborhood. Flood victims who have suffered unemployment due to severe Wisconsin weather this summer may apply for assistance.

Be cautious, however, when deciding whether or not to file a claim for any type of Wisconsin unemployment benefits.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has been extremely aggressive in filing unemployment insurance fraud cases (“concealment”) against benefit recipients for making minor or unintentional claim-filing mistakes, and the penalties can be severe. Wisconsin unemployment attorney, Victor Forberger, has documented this issues on his Wisconsin Unemployment Blog (specifically here, here, and here). An article last year in the Isthmus, a local Madison, Wisconsin newspaper, also highlighted the Wisconsin’s stringent policing of fraudulent unemployment claims.

If you do file a claim for Wisconsin unemployment – disaster-related or otherwise – be very careful your answers to questions are accurate, and double check your work!

Mike Godbe

Associate at Hawks Quindel
Attorney Michael Godbe fights for individuals to be treated fairly in the workplace and in the marketplace. He is an Associate Attorney at Hawks Quindel and splits his practice between employment law and consumer protection. His employment law practice centers on employment discrimination and employee rights under the Family Medical Leave Act, and his consumer protection practice covers a range from debt collection harassment and unlawful “robocalls” to auto sale fraud and unlawful repossessions. Attorney Godbe has represented individuals in Federal and State court, as well as in small claims court.