Labor and Economic Opportunity
A waiver of the work search requirement may be granted due to certain COVID-19 related reasons. Claimants can apply for a waiver online by logging into their Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) or by calling the UIA Customer Service line at 1-866-500-0017. You must apply and be approved for the waiver before you certify for benefits for the bi-weekly certification period. You will be notified at the time of the request whether a waiver of the requirement is granted.
Claimants can begin applying for a work search waiver May 30, 2021.
A confirmation page will let you know if your waiver is approved or denied. If approved, the confirmation page will provide the dates of the approved waiver. A waiver may be from 2 weeks up to Sept. 4, 2021.
You may be eligible for a COVID-19 waiver if:
Temporary Layoff - Registration and Seeking Work Waiver
If you are expected to return to full-time work with your employer within 45 days from the date you filed or reopened your claim, your employer can request that you be waived from the work search requirements. The employer is required to request this waiver before laying off workers. If an employer has requested and been approved for a 45-day waiver, your Monetary Determination will state that you have been waived from the work search requirement.
Temporary Layoff - Short-Term Waiver
If you are laid off and expect to return to work within 15 days of your layoff date, you can apply for a work search waiver at the time you file your claim. If approved, your Monetary Determination will state that you have been waived from the work search requirement.
If you are in school attending an approved course of study, you may qualify for a training waiver which also waives the work search requirement. To apply for a training waiver, you must contact a Michigan Works! Office. Michigan Works will assist you with the application submission to UIA. If approved, the work search requirement will be waived.