For our impacted TALENT community

Governor Whitmer issued an executive order to temporarily expand eligibility for unemployment benefits. (3/16/2020) Under that order, an employer or employing unit must not be charged for unemployment benefits if their employees become unemployed because of an executive order requiring them to close or limit operations. Executive order 2020-10 can be viewed here.

Eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits online at or 1-866-500-0017. A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can be found here.

The Governor’s executive order also offers an Expanded Work Share Program offered by the State of Michigan. This program seeks to provide support to employers to allow eligible employees to work a reduced number of hours in the work week and receive a portion of weekly unemployment benefits. Participation in Work Share allows employers to retain trained employees and avoid the expense of recruiting, hiring, and training new employees. More information about Work Share can be found here.

Additionally, the governor has requested that President Trump issue a Major Disaster Declaration which would allow access to Individual Assistance and Disaster Unemployment Assistance through FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) may be made available to additional Michiganders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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