What You Should Know When Claiming Benefits

Accurately Report the Reason You Are Unemployed. 


Accurately report you reason for separation from your job when you initially file your claim for benefits.  


Report Any Wages You Are Earning. 

You must report you gross wages for e‚Äčach week you work.  Report all earnings, including part-time or temporary work.

Be Available for Work. 

In order to collect benefits, you must continually report that you are able, available and willing to accept suitable work.

Actively Search for Work. 

A person claiming unemployment benefits for any week of unemployment is required to conduct a systematic and sustained work search for each week they claim unemployment benefits. You must report your record of work search at least once a month.

Register for Work at Michigan Works! Association (MWA).

If you do not have a definite return to work date from your last employer  that is 120 days from your last date work, then you must register for work with Michigan Works! Association. You must report in person to an MWA Service Center no later than three business days before your first report to MARVIN or online through MiWAM. 

Do Not Commit Fraud. 

Follow the rules to preventing yourself from committing fraud.  Failure to follow legal requirements has serious consequences UI Benefit Fraud FAQ

Review the Claimant Handbook 

Know Your Responsibilities and Ask for Help. 

If you have questions, you can submit an online inquiry about your claim through MiWAM. You can also call the Agency’s toll-free customer service telephone number at 1-(866)-500-0017or please visit your Unemployment Insurance Local Office.

Don't Delay - As soon As You Begin Working Again, Report Your Return to Work. 

As soon as you begin working, notify UIA. Avoid committing fraud; do not wait until you receive your first paycheck.