Labor and Economic Opportunity
Monday, Dec. 28, 2020
Contact: Lynda Robinson, 313-348-8220
LANSING, Mich.-- A COVID-19 emergency relief package has been signed into law that continues and expands federal unemployment insurance (UI) programs.
Due to the timing of the legislation's finalization, there will be a delay in cetification and payment of benefits for those currently enrolled in the federal PUA and PEUC programs beginning Dec. 26. This will only be a disruption and claimants will be made whole once the extensions are fully implemented.
Existing PUA and PEUC claimants should ensure they complete any outstanding certifications through Dec. 26. To do this, log in to you MiWAM account and click on the inactive PUA or PEUC claim. Outstanding certifications will appear under the “Alerts” tab should there be any to be completed.
Michigan, like all states, must wait until guidance is issued by the U.S. Dept. of Labor before it can begin processing the benefits provided under the new legislation. This guidance will include new rules and instructions that will require updates to the state’s UI system, but rest assured that Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) is making program adjustments with what information is available and will work tirelessly to implement any remaining changes as soon as it can in order to get benefits out the door as quickly as possible.
Claimants do not need to contact the UIA regarding these changes at this time.
UI extensions and expansions include:
“This federal extension will bring much needed relief to nearly 700,000 Michigan workers who are currently receiving benefits under the PUA and PEUC programs,” said Liza Estlund Olson, acting director of the Unemployment Insurance Agency. “The continuation of these benefits coupled with the additional $300 in weekly payments for all claimants will provide our workers with the emergency financial assistance to buy essential items like groceries and prescription drugs.”
The relief package also includes:
Visit the UIA website at Michigan.gov/uia for more information as it becomes available.