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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on June 4, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Wisconsin, we recommend that you visit the Department of Workforce Development's COVID-19 Resources, the Department of Health Services' COVID-19 Response Resources for Wisconsinites or the state’s COVID-19 Resources website.

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Description of Program and Relief

Family Medical Leave Act

Wisconsin’s existing FMLA program provides up to 2 weeks of leave to take care of oneself because of a serious health condition, the serious health condition of a loved one or for the birth or adoption of a child, which the DWD has stated may include reasons associated with COVID-19.

Government or Lead Agency

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Dates Available

Effective immediately

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Leave under this subsection may be taken by eligible employees affected by COVID-19 under, e.g., the following criteria:

  • Because of a serious health condition of the employee;

  • In order to care for the serious health condition of a parent, child or spouse;

  • For the birth or adoption of a child.

A covered employer has at least 50 permanent employees during at least 6 of the last 12 months. Covered employees have worked for the employer for at least 52 consecutive weeks and for at least 1000 hours in the preceding 52 week period.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

Please email or call the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Madison location at (608) 266-6860 or the Milwaukee location at (414) 227-4384.

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