Labor and Economic Opportunity
Beginning May 30, 2021, claimants receiving unemployment benefits will be required to actively search for work and report at least one work search activity for each week they claim benefits.
Make sure you understand your responsibilities when it comes to conducting and documenting your work search to avoid mistakes which could result in you not receiving benefits or having to repay the benefits you receive.
Work search activities include, but are not limited to:
When reporting your work search, you will need to give us specific details such as:
Keep a written record of your weekly Work Search Activities.
Reporting your work search activities will be required for most claimants receiving unemployment benefits. If you have an approved waiver, the requirement is waived and you are not required to search for work.
Work Search Waivers
A waiver of the work search requirement may be granted due to certain COVID-19 related reasons. You must apply and be approved for a COVID-19 Work Search Waiver before you certify for benefits for the week. You will be notified at the time of the request whether a waiver of the requirement is granted.
Beginning May 30, you may apply for a waiver in MiWAM by clicking on "Request a COVID-19 Work Search Waiver" or by calling the UIA customer service line at 1-866-500-0017.
You may be eligible for a waiver if:
The first time you are required to include the details of your work search activity is when you certify for the week ending June 5, 2021.
The preferred method for reporting work search activities is online using your Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) account.
Claimants who certify by phone must call on the scheduled day and time that corresponds with the last two digits of their Social Security Number (SSN). MARVIN can be reached Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.