Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

COVID-19 notification

Our priority is to keep our communities safe. Our WorkSmart Network staff are working to continue providing services to customers via phone or video conferencing.

We'll update this page as information becomes available. This page was last updated on July 10, 2020 at 2:30pm.


Updates

If you have questions about unemployment benefits and returning to work, visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's FAQ page.

DWD encourages Wisconsin employers to consider Wisconsin's updated Work-Share Program to avoid worker layoffs. Read the press release here.

Avoid UI scams! The State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has information on scams targeting UI claimants and their current or former employers.

The UI CARES (aka Federal Stimulus Bill) and UI Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) information pages were recently updated by the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.


Our Services

We're continuing to support customers remotely in an effort to maintain social distancing. We're still available to help with career coaching, resource referrals and services information and to help you transition to where you need to be post-coronavirus.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, contact a WorkSmart Network staff nearest you.


Healthcare Coverage

If you're looking for resources and information related to healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Healthcare Coverage Resources page.


Unemployment Insurance

The Department of Workforce Development compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding unemployment benefits and COVID-19. You can visit the webpage for more information or call 608.232.0824.

Gov. Tony Evers issued Emergency Order #7 waiving work search requirements and modifying the availability requirements for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19. Read the press release here. For frequently asked questions, click here (also available in Hmong and Spanish).

Find out which unemployment program is right for you.

See the weekly UI claims by workforce development area and county (.xlsx).

How to Apply for Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits Online

Job Center of Wisconsin: Job Seeker Registration

How to File a Weekly Claim Online for Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Benefits

How to Create a Username and Password for Wisconsin UI Online Benefits Services


South Central Wisconsin Job Centers

The South Central Wisconsin Job Centers (Dane County Job Center, Sauk County Job Center and the Workforce Development Center of Jefferson County) are closed to the public.

You can still access jobcenterofwisconsin.com to update resumes, search jobs, create a budget, review labor market information and more. For further career assistance, you can make an appointment via phone. Click here for a list of phone numbers (also available in Hmong and Spanish).


Job Center of Wisconsin In-Demand Jobs

If you're newly or temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 restrictions and are interested in earning additional income, visit Job Center of Wisconsin's In-Demand Jobs page to search essential jobs that are available, including registered nurses, pharmacists, laborers, light truck or delivery service drivers, and more.

Employers looking to connect with job seekers can post positions for free on jobcenterofwisconsin.com.

Read more about the site, essential jobs and how it may affect your Unemployment Insurance here.


Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Department of Workforce Development has announced all statewide Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offices are temporarily closed to the public in response to COVID-19. While in-person services are suspended until further notice, DVR staff will continue to provide services by phone and email during business hours. Information on DVR office locations and the phone numbers to reach staff from each office can be found on DVR's Office Locations Page. Members of the public seeking disability employment resources or information on DVR services may visit the DVR website or contact the DVR Administrative Office at 800-442-3477.

Read DWD's statement here.


Worker's Compensation

The Worker's Compensation Division has provided information related to their programs and the effects of COVID-19 (also available in Hmong and Spanish).


Equal Rights

The Department of Workforce Development has information on equal rights during COVID-19 for employers and employees (also available in Hmong and Spanish).


Businesses

If you were impacted by COVID-19, are searching for workers or want to train your workforce, we can help. Contact us for more information.

Business Resources

Furlough vs. Layoff | The Society for Human Resource Management explains the difference between a layoff, furlough and workforce reduction.
Webinar: Employment Discrimination in the Post-COVID Era | Wisconsin's Talent Development Council hosted a webinar to share what employers need to know as it relates to what they can ask and what they are required to share and do, about exposure to Coronavirus.
CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers | The CDC has resources to help business and employers plan, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Madison DPCED Economic Development | The City of Madison has resources for businesses during COVID-19.
Employer Unemployment Resources | The Department of Workforce Development has information and resources for employers regarding unemployment, including a link to contact phone numbers.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program | Facebook is providing grants and ad credits to businesses experiencing disruptions from COVID-19.
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce Business Portal | The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce launched a virtual portal for employers to submit questions related to COVID-19 and its impact on business. Questions may relate to community response efforts, best practices for businesses, guidance from local, state and federal authorities, types of assistance available for affected businesses, and more. Responses will be posted on the Chamber’s website.
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce COVID Q&A | The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce collected frequently asked questions and provided answers for businesses related to COVID-19.
Information for DVR Service Providers | The State of Wisconsin DWD has information for DVR services providers online.
Kiva | Kiva has loans for businesses during COVID-19, now with expanded eligibility, larger loans and longer grace period.
Paycheck Protection Program | The Small Business Administration has the Paycheck Protection Program to help you keep your workforce employed during COVID-19. Click here for frequently asked questions.
SCORE | SCORE has a small business hub with resources to help during COVID-19, including remote mentoring, webinars and FAQs.
Small Business 20/20 Program | The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation created the Small Business 20/20 Program to support small businesses and micro-enterprises  that were adversely economically impacted by COVID-19.
Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance | The SBA has information on it's disaster assistance for small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19. Apply for the assistance here.
Small Business Administration | The Small Business Administration helps small business owners and entrepreneurs succeed with resources, including resources for those affected by COVID-19.
USBG National Charity Foundation | The USBG Foundation strives to be a resource for the bar industry community. They have grants, donation information, volunteer information and more.
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce | The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Wisconsin Safety Council have resources for businesses, such as a webinar with critical business updates related to COVID-19 including HR policies, employment law, Congressional action relating to the pandemic and economic updates.
Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation | WWBIC is offering deferrals and has a new small loan program up to $25,000.

Resources

We compiled a list of bills, childcare, donation, education, food, health and other resources to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OrganizationDescriptionCategoryWebsite
211If you need assistance finding food, paying household bills, accessing childcare or other essential services, call 211 or use the search bar on the website to find local resources.Food, Bills, Childcare, OtherLearn More
Feeding AmericaThe Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the U.S. and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger. Find your local community food bank.FoodLearn More
Sauk County Meals for KidsUpdates on the summer meals for kids in Sauk County.FoodLearn More
Scholastic Learn From HomeEven when schools are closed, keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families or with their teachers.EducationLearn More
Unemployment Insurance COVID-19 Public Information

Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Coronavirus and Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits.

OtherLearn More
Madison Metropolitan School District COVID-19 UpdatesStay up to date on MMSD and COVID-19 information.EducationLearn More
United Way - DonateYour generous contribution enables United Way to keep fighting for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the community.DonateLearn More
Feeding America - Donate
Every dollar you give helps provide at least 10 meals to families in need through the Feeding America network of food banks.
DonateLearn More
Madison CollegeStay up to date on Madison College campus closures and search more resources.Education, OtherLearn More
Moraine Park Technical CollegeStay up to date on Moraine Park Technical college closures and available resources.Education, OtherLearn More
South Central Library SystemStay up-to-date on South Central Library System closures and statuses. The SCLS also created a list of resources related to COVID-19 and community services.OtherLearn More
CDC Resources for Businesses and EmployersThe CDC has resources to help businesses and employers plan, prepare and respond to coronavirus.BusinessLearn More
Wisconsin Department of HealthThe Wisconsin Department of Health will share the latest updates on outbreaks in Wisconsin as well as more information about COVID-19.OtherLearn More
Centers for Disease Control and PreventionThe CDC has information about protecting yourself from coronavirus and what to do if you're sick as well as resources and case updates across the U.S.OtherLearn More
Wisconsin Technical CollegesThe Wisconsin Technical College System gathered links to each of the Wisconsin technical colleges webpages with COVID-19 updates.EducationLearn More
WTCS Office UpdatesStay up-to-date on the Wisconsin Technical College System during COVID-19.EducationLearn More
Small Business 20/20 ProgramThe Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation created the Small Business 20/20 Program to support small businesses and micro-enterprises that were adversely economically impacted by COVID-19.BusinessLearn More
Small Business AdministrationThe Small Business Administration helps small business owners and entrepreneurs succeed with resources, including resources for those affected by COVID-19.BusinessLearn More
Wisconsin Manufacturers & CommerceThe Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Wisconsin Safety Council have resources for businesses, such as a webinar with critical business updates related to COVID-19 including HR policies, employment law, Congressional action relating to the pandemic and economic updates.BusinessLearn More
ACCESS Wisconsin

ACCESS Wisconsin can connect you to Emergency FoodShare, BadgerCare, W2 and childcare assistance.

Food, Health, Childcare Learn More
Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.

HealthLearn More
National Domestic Violence Hotline

For victims or survivors who need support, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233.

HealthLearn More
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Read the VA’s response to COVID-19 as well as updated guidelines for visiting VA facilities.

Health, OtherLearn More
Unemployment InsuranceDWD provides information on Unemployment InsuranceOtherLearn More
Facebook Small Business Grants ProgramFacebook is providing grants and ad credits to businesses experiencing disruptions from COVID-19.BusinessLearn More
USBG National Charity Foundation

The USBG Foundation strives to be a resource for the bar industry community. They have grants, donation information, volunteer information and more.

BusinessLearn More
National Recreation and Park AssociationThe National Recreation and Park Association released a statement in support of the safe use of parks and open spaces during COVID-19.HealthLearn More
Small Business Administration Disaster AssistanceThe Small Business Administration has information on it's disaster assistance for small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19.BusinessLearn More
Small Business Administration: Disaster Loan AssistanceFind information on how to apply for the SBA's Disaster Loan AssistanceBusinessLearn More
Department of Children and Families Childcare ResourcesThe Department of Children and Families compiled resources to help essential workers, providers and families navigate the childcare landscape during COVID-19.ChildcareLearn More
CDC Symptom InformationThe CDC has downloadable flyers in Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese related to stopping the spread and symptoms of COVID-19.HealthLearn More
Youth Engaged for ChangeThis PDF has information for young adults on COVID-19 payments coming from the government, qualifications and what to do if you don't get it automatically.OtherLearn More