I’ve Been Laid Off

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If you’re facing a layoff and need information related to reemployment; are seeking healthcare or Unemployment Insurance resources; want information on trainings; or need connections to other financial, health and community resources to move forward, turn to us.

How We Can Help

Our team has helped thousands of affected workers in South Central Wisconsin quickly transition to new employment through Rapid Response services. If you or someone you know recently lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic or a company closure or downsizing, we can help.

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Start Today

If you’re ready to learn about the services and resources that may be available to you, let’s talk. Contact a location nearest you to get started today.

Dane County: 608.288.2459
Jefferson County: 920.675.4625
Sauk County: 608.355.4808

Virtual Rapid Response Session

Interested in learning more about the services and resources available to you? Check out our Virtual Rapid Response session and learn how you can get started with the WorkSmart Network today.

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 the Job Center of Wisconsin’s In-Demand Jobs page to search employers that are hiring for essential jobs, including registered nurses, pharmacists, laborers (freight, stock and material movers), 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, the essential jobs and how they may affect Unemployment Insurance here.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Unemployment Insurance (UI) is an employer-paid insurance program that helps workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. It provides temporary financial help to qualified individuals while they are looking for other work. UI benefits are not meant to replace your previous wages. Information regarding benefit eligibility is available online.

If you have questions regarding UI and COVID-19, visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Q&A page.

Job Center of Wisconsin: Job Seeker Registration

How to Apply for Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits Online

How to File a Weekly Claim Online for Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits

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


Community Information and Assistance

Wisconsin 211 | Dial 2-1-1 to locate information on health and human services available in your community including but not limited to assistance for food, housing and shelter, education, legal advice, emergencies, physical and mental health issues, finances, transportation, and state agency and program information. Wisconsin 211 information and referral services are available 24/7 throughout the year. Information can be provided in over 90 languages. Check your local county website for local and community resources available.

Health Insurance

Healthcare.gov | Healthcare.gov is the official site of the Health Insurance Marketplace where you can see your health insurance choices under the Affordable Care Act. A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

ACCESS Wisconsin | ACCESS Wisconsin is your online guide to Wisconsin programs for health, nutrition and childcare. The website provides an easy way for people who live in Wisconsin to find out if they might be able to get help with buying food, low- or no-cost healthcare, help with buying prescription drugs, help with paying for childcare, home energy assistance, special tax credits, and low cost life insurance.

COBRA continuation Coverage | COBRA Continuation Coverage may be available to you if your employer continues to operate and offer a group health plan. COBRA generally applies to employers with 20 or more employees and allows the individual and/or their family to continue the same group health coverage at group rates. An individual’s cost for coverage may be higher than what the individual was paying before (and is usually higher than the cost for coverage under special enrollment in a spouse’s plan), but generally the cost is lower than that for private, individual health insurance coverage.

Employee Benefits Security Administration | EBSA is committed to providing participant and compliance assistance regarding pension, health and other employee benefit plans. If you have questions about your health benefits rights, call the EBSA office nearest you at 1-866-444-EBSA (3272).

Retirement and Healthcare Coverage: Questions and Answers for Dislocated Workers | This booklet addresses some of the common questions dislocated workers ask. In addition. there is a guide to additional resources. Together they can help you in making critical decisions about your healthcare coverage and your retirement benefits.