Misconduct in unemployment insurance cases was defined in a 1941 case called Boynton Cab Company v. Neubeck, in which the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that:
Some employees who are otherwise entitled to unemployment insurance benefits find themselves with the false impression that they do not have to file claims, or that they have no obligations in the unemployment compensation system. However, at a minimum, employees are required to file claims each week they remain unemployed, answer a series of questions from the Unemployment Division, and usually, apply for work. It's important that filing employees answer the questions from the State honestly and accurately in order to ensure the proper and timely payment of benefits.
As is often the case with unemployment benefits, it depends on the circumstances. In Wisconsin, the presumption is that if an employee quits his job, he is not entitled to unemployment insurance benefits. However, there are some exceptions. As discussed in a previous post, an employee who attempts to protect his job and still must quit because he is charged with caring for a sick relative can qualify for benefits.