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  • COVID-19 Response

    With the expanded eligibility and increased benefits of the CARES Act, the Unemployment Insurance Agency is working to ensure that the emergency relief needed reaches all eligible Michiganders. We continue to appreciate your patience as we work to process the historic need for unemployment benefits.

    Important employee information:

    • Self-employed, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors, and low wage workers can now apply for benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. PUA applicants will receive a confirmation number when PUA application has been accepted. PUA claims remain in draft status until processing begins on 4/20/20.
    • UIA has started to distribute the additional federal unemployment benefit of $600. This is in addition to benefits provided by Michigan.
    • If you have applied for benefits and were denied – you do not need to reapply. The UIA will get information to you regarding the next steps if you are eligible.
    • Every eligible employee in Michigan who applies for unemployment benefits will receive them.
    • Impacted employees have 28 days from the date of their work stoppage to apply for benefits.
    • Approved claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19.
    • Benefits have been expanded to 39 weeks.

    For Employer support, view COVID-19 Employer Webinar.

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