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Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Insurance for Employers

How Can Unemployment Insurance Help My Business?

Work Share is a program that permits employers to maintain operational productivity during declines in regular business activity instead of laying off workers.

COVID-19 Employer Frequently Asked Questions

Pure Michigan Talent Connect

Pure Michigan Talent Connect

What if I have critical job openings to fill?

Michigan companies need to fill thousands of critical, immediate vacancies to support work during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those in logistics, healthcare, manufacturing and agribusiness industries. The State’s employment search engine - Pure Michigan Talent Connect - provides employers with an online portal at to post these job openings.


MEDC helping businesses

How Can Michigan Economic Development Corporation Help my Business?

Michigan Economic Development Corporation COVID-19 resources visit or call 888-522-0103.

  • Michigan Small Business Relief Program – grants administered by 15 local and nonprofit economic development organizations around Michigan.
  • PMBC COVID-19 Emergency Access & Retooling Grants – grants up to $150,000 to small manufacturing businesses looking to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • PMBC Virtual Procurement Assistance – this program helps source health and human service supply during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Federal support, including SBA Disaster Loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • Capital Access Program – public resources helping generate private lending financing that small businesses might not otherwise have access to.

Small Business Development Corporation

Small Business Development Corporation helping businesses

How Can The Small Business Development Corporation Help My Business?

Michigan Small Business Development Center COVID-19 resources visit

  • Paycheck Protection Program
  • Economic Disaster Loan
  • Talk it through with the SBDC
  • Small Business Support Webinars on Demand
  • COVID-19 Employee Leave Programs for Your Small Business
  • FAQs and Additional Resources


Contemplating Layoffs

Do I Need To Layoff My Employees?

Guidance to Michigan employers contemplating potential layoffs related to COVID-19 – including information on Work Share and Temporary Leave vs Termination 

Michigan Paycheck Protection

Michigan Paycheck Protection

What is Michigan Paycheck Protection Program?

The Michigan Paycheck Protection Program provides businesses with key resources to assist with the Paycheck Protection Program application and loan process and ensure the greatest amount of federal funding is able to be used by small businesses for economic relief efforts throughout the state.

Best Practices

Best Practices

How Do I Keep My Essential Employees Safe?

Best practices for employers:

  1. Encourage employees to stay home when they are sick and follow proper hygiene.
  2. Send home employees who develop symptoms of respiratory illness while at work.
  3. Follow recommendations for return to work, including not requiring a doctor note or test result to return. Due to prioritization of specimen testing supplies, healthcare providers are not able to order tests for work clearance.

Employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should not return to work until:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since symptoms have resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications, and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, and
  • At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, or since the first positive COVID-19 test, if tested.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Additional Employer Resources