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Michigan Unemployment Reference Guide
Michigan Unemployment Updates
and Quick Reference Guide

March 24, 2020 -- Following is a Quick Reference Guide from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to help you quickly and accurately advise your business and individual clients on important unemployment issues they face with the Coronavirus crisis.

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For Workers

Filing for Unemployment Benefits

Eligible employees are strongly encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits online at or by calling 866-500-0017. A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can also be found online.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-10 expands unemployment benefits to: 

  • Sick Workers: Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off. 
  • Workers Caring for Loved Ones: 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 and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.
  • First responders: Individuals working in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19 and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.

The governor’s order also extends access to benefits for unemployed workers:

  • Increased Weeks: Benefits will be increased from 20 to 26 weeks. 
  • Longer Application Time: The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days. 
  • Fewer Requirements: The in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.  

Visit the Unemployment Insurance Agency website for: 

Unemployment Resources for Employees

Employee Frequently Asked Questions

Self-Employed Workers

The State is also seeking solutions for self-employed workers and independent contractors who traditionally do not have access to unemployment insurance. The governor has requested that President Trump issue a Major Disaster Declaration so that Individual Assistance and Disaster Unemployment Assistance through FEMA may be made available to additional Michiganders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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