I’m not sure there is a better way to describe how pissed off I am today. It started a few weeks ago and its just been simmering. As I was doing my weekly claim a few weeks ago one of the first questions is “During the week, did you attend school anytime between the hours of 7am and 5pm, Monday through Friday?” That question flat out sends me through the roof.
First of all, you can go to school 24/7. You can also work 24/7. If eligibility were based, as it appears to be, using these parameters, over a third of individuals filing for UI would be disqualified or placed into adjudication. Surprise, surprise! That is exactly what is happening. For a while I tried to make sure people knew this question was there and that if they were online students to make sure to answer no. Heck, even if you are an in person student or a virtual student with scheduled class times during those hours, still answer NO.
The DWD does not and can not dictate to you when you go to work and when you go to school. That is a violation of everything near and dear to being an individual in this so called free country. Jesus, this makes me so freaking mad. To be even more clear, I’m not telling you to be dishonest, but I am telling you to think clearly about the laws of WI and about what it means to be able and available, which is the standard for eligibility for benefits.
If you are a student and you are still able and available to work up to 32 hours a week at a job if offered, then you are eligible for benefits. Listen to the latest podcast to hear my ranting and raving on this topic if you want more!