Michigan has expanded employee access to Unemployment Benefits in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) workforce disruptions.
The temporary expansion is effective immediately and in effect until April 14, 2020.
The extension of benefits is for:
- Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those with childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those forced to care for loved ones who have become ill.
- Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and do not have access to paid FMLA or are laid off.
- First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.
Access to benefits for are extended in the following ways:
- 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 call 1-866-500-0017. Information on how to apply for benefits can be found at michigan.gov.
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