Governor Whitmer Expands Unemployment Benefits for Michigan Workers

Posted in Blog on March 16, 2020

Governor Whitmer Expands Unemployment Benefits for Michigan Workers

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-10 to temporarily expand eligibility for unemployment benefits. This executive order is effective immediately and until Tuesday, April 14 at 11:59pm
 
Under the governor’s order, unemployment benefits would be extended to: 
  • Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill. 
  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off. 
  • First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.
 
The State is also seeking solutions for self-employed workers and independent contractors who traditionally do not have access to unemployment insurance. 
Access to benefits for unemployed workers will also be extended: 
  • Benefits will be increased from 20 to 26 weeks. 
  • The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days 
  • The normal in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.  
 
Eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits online at Michigan.gov/UIA  or 1-866-500-0017. A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can be found HERE.  
 
Under the order, an employer or employing unit must not be charged for unemployment benefits if their employees become unemployed because of an executive order requiring them to close or limit operations.  
 
The order also expands the State’s Work Share program. Employers are encouraged to implement the program that permits employers to maintain operational productivity during declines in regular business activity instead of laying off workers. More information about Work Share can be found HERE.  
 
Additional unemployment resources for employees can be found HERE and for workers HERE

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