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What is considered Suitable Work?

Michigan’s unemployment insurance law requires individuals collecting unemployment benefits to accept an offer of suitable work. In most circumstances, if an employee refuses an offer to return to suitable work, the employee is no longer eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

Under the new COVID-specific policy guidance, an offer of “suitable” work must comply with state and federal law and guidance related to COVID-19 workplace safety.

This means workplaces must comply with CDC guidance, MIOSHA guidance, MI Safe Start plan, and the Governor’s Executive Orders on workplace safety related to COVID-19.

Consistent with prior law and guidance, if an employer offers an employee to return to work that is not “suitable,” then the employee can refuse that work and continue to receive unemployment benefits.