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Unemployment benefits have been extended to:
• Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill.
• Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.
• First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.
A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can also be found here but has not been updated to reflect the new unemployment filing schedule. A massive increase in the number of people filing for unemployment has overburdened the system. The state is now asking that people adhere to the following schedule. Claims will be backdated to the date of lay off and you now have 28 days to file your claim. They are asking that you remain patient with longer webpage load times and busy signals.
Unemployment benefits will be paid for 28 weeks (up from 20 weeks) and the federal government has made available an additional $600/week for four months.
Michigan Works! resources can be found at MichiganWorks.org or by calling 1-800-285-WORKS.
H.R.6201 required employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid sick leave.
Pure Michigan Talent Connect
Pure Michigan Talent Connect is a tool connecting Michigan’s job seekers and employers
Employers and Self-Employed Individuals
Help for Small Businesses
The MEDC [Michigan Economic Development Corporation] call center stands ready to support businesses looking for assistance through available state programs. For more information, visit www.michiganbusiness.org, www.michiganbusiness.org/covid19 or call 888.522.0103.
Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative will utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide $10 million in grants to meet the urgent need of Michigan small businesses disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Applications for businesses to apply will open on December 15, 2020 and will be reviewed on a “first-in” basis by the Michigan Municipal League Foundation.
Reopen Main Street A program of the MEDC, taking a look ahead at “new reality” possibilities and working to compile potential reopening strategies, ideas, hints and tips for businesses, business districts and organizations as we enter the COVID-19 recovery phase.
The Michigan Small Business Development Center can also provide resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
The Small Business Administration has approved Governor Whitmer's request for statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Businesses can apply here. Don't forget about other federal resources available through the Small Business Administration.
S.3548 CARES Act includes those who are self-employed, independent contractors, and gig workers as small businesses.
Guide to the CARES Act by the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship.
There are also private grants available. Try researching Facebook Small Business Grants
Employees and Human Resources
Information about the interaction between COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act and Family and Medical Leave Act can be found through the Department of Labor.
The state is encouraging employers to participate in the Work Share program if possible. This allows employees to work reduced hours and qualify for partial unemployment. If no hours are available, they urge a "temporary leave" designation in lieu of "termination". You can find more on their website.
DNR Job Openings The DNR is now hiring 2021 summer seasonal positions.
DNR Conservation Officer The DNR is currently hiring for a 2021 conservation officer academy.