Michigan Unemployment Insurance Guidance

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During the COVID-19 crisis, Michiganders are encouraged to file for Michigan Unemployment Insurance if their jobs have been affected by the pandemic.

The filing process may seem daunting, but we are going to provide prospective claimants with guidance that may ease the anxiety and troubles they are encountering during these unsure times.

MiWAM Toolkit for Claimants

At this link, claimants will find a PDF featuring a step-by-step guide regarding the process for filing an Unemployment claim in Michigan. Please refer to this guide when you encounter issues or have questions when you’re filing your claim.

Youtube Video Playlist

For those who’d like to watch a video as opposed to reading a document, the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has created a video playlist on Youtube to assist prospective claimants. This guide is an easy-to-use resource for those who need assistance.

If you need additional assistance, please call Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! at 1-800-285-WORKS (9675).

Unemployment Insurance Agency Update – 3/30/2020

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Information courtesy of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

Unemployment Benefits Increased and Expanded

Governor Whitmer today has announced new programs for workers affected by COVID-19. The governor, under the federal CARES Act, signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment benefits. Workers include self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig, and low-wage workers who can no longer work because of the pandemic. The agreement also increases weekly benefits for all unemployed workers by $600 a week and extends benefit payments from 26 to 39 weeks. If someone has already applied for unemployment benefits, you DO NOT need to reapply at this time.

The UIA will provide additional guidance regarding eligibility and application details in the coming days as it implements these new programs.

New Filing Schedule

The new system uses alphabetical order to manage web visits and calls. It is being implemented as UIA has moved nearly all of its staff members to customer service positions in order to faster assist Michiganders in filing for benefits. At the same time, the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget is working to expand capacity and infrastructure of the State’s online systems. Potential benefit recipients can help alleviate the system overload by following a few simple steps:

  • If you have a computer and the internet, please use the website, not the phone system, to apply for benefits: Michigan.gov/UIA.
  • Log onto the website during off-hours for better access – late at night or very early in the morning.
  • Please be patient. If the page is loading slowly, DO NOT refresh. Give it a few minutes to load.
  • View the online tool kit and frequently asked questions before you apply to ensure that you have the appropriate information and documents you will need on hand.
  • If you must use the Call Center, please observe the alphabetical system outlined below beginning this Sunday to help ease the burden.

Online Filing Schedule – Michigan.gov/UIA

  • Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to file claims on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
  • Saturdays will be available for anyone who could not file during their allotted window. 

Call Center Filing Schedule – 866-500-0017:

  • Last names beginning with the letters A-L are asked to call on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Last names beginning with the letters M-Z are asked to call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Fridays (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) will be available for anyone who could not file during their allotted window.

When you file will NOT affect whether you are approved for benefits or the amount of payment. You will be compensated from the date you were laid-off or released from your employment. You have 28 days from your last day of work to apply for benefits.  UIA understands the urgency that benefit recipients are experiencing, but the fastest way to secure benefits is to follow the UIA guidelines. 

The current situation is unprecedented, and UIA is doing everything in its power to ensure that those who are eligible for benefits receive them. Our team is working as quickly as possible to process applications and approve benefits. Your assistance is essential to maximizing our efficiency as we work to help all Michiganders get the financial support they have earned.

For additional resources visit Michigan.gov/UIA

Michigan Unemployment Claim Filing Schedule

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As of Sunday, March 29th, Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency has implemented a schedule for claimants to file according to their last names.

You can file your claim online at michigan.gov/uia, or by phone at 1-866-500-0017.

Online Filing Schedule

Those with last names that begin with A-L can file online on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Those with last names that begin with M-Z can file online on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. If you missed your day to file online, you can file on Saturday.

Call Center Filing Schedule

Those with last names that begin with A-L can call on Monday and Wednesday. Those with last names that begin with M-Z can call on Tuesday and Thursday. If you missed your day to call, you can do so on Friday.

For additional information, please see the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency infographic below.

Small Business Assistance During COVID-19

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If you’re a small business in Michigan, you may be eligible for assistance.

On the Update906 website, you’ll find information about eligibility and timelines regarding the MEDC Small Business Relief Program.

The MEDC Small Business Relief Program grants are administered by 15 local and nonprofit economic development organizations and are intended to provide essential funds to keep Michigan small businesses in operation during the COVID-19 crisis.

On the MEDC website, you’ll find an extensive, and ever-growing, list of resources for Michigan businesses. To stay up-to-date on important information related to small business relief programs during COVID-19 outbreak, please sign up for the MEDC’s newsletter here.

File for Unemployment Benefits Between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

For faster service, file for unemployment online during off-peak hours at 8 PM to 8 AM. Michigan.gov/UIA.

Press release provided by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

Filing online remains the fastest way for Michiganders to apply for unemployment benefits at Michigan.gov/UIA.

The Unemployment Insurance Agency urges Michiganders to file during off-peak hours to avoid longer load times. Users are asked to be patient and not click more than once to reload a page. Filing online remains the fastest way for Michiganders to apply for unemployment benefits. And filing during off-peak times is even faster.

Off-peak hours: 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

For the latest information, follow Michigan Department of Labor and Economic and Opportunity on social media and share with your friends and family. 

Click here to download the Unemployment Insurance 101 infographic and learn more. 

Business Support During COVID-19 Outbreak

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Information courtesy of Update906.com

In light of all that is transpiring as a result of COVID-19, economic development organizations from across the Upper Peninsula have come together to share the most relevant resources to help with workforce and financial impacts. 

For information about business resources during this outbreak, please visit update906.com at this link.

To contact Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!, please call 1-800-285-WORKS (9675).

Calumet Electronics Filling Rush Orders for Circuit Boards Used in Breathing Ventilators

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Article and video courtesy of TV 6

CALUMET, Mich. (WLUC) – Calumet Electronics is a printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer located in the remote region of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Now, the company and its employees are working hard and playing a critical role in the fight against COVID-19.

To view the entire article, and to watch the corresponding video, please follow this link.

To contact Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!, please call 1-800-285-WORKS (9675).

U.P. Michigan Works! Seeks to Help the Community

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Video and article courtesy of TV 6, Upper Michigan’s Source

Bill Raymond, the CEO of Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!, spoke with TV 6 about how we are still available to assist job seekers and the community, although we have changed how we operate.

To watch Bill’s interview, or to read the original article by TV 6, please follow this link.

For more information about Michigan Works! programs and services, or if you need assistance during this crisis, please call 1-800-285-WORKS (9675).

U.P. Michigan Works! Centers Open by Appointment

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COVID-19 Unemployment Benefit Claims Can Be Made Online

March 18, 2020 – Unemployment claims that result from job loss or reduction related to COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, can be filed online at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 1-866-500-0017.

Impacted workers were formerly required to appear in-person at Michigan Works! offices, but that requirement has been waived because of the public health emergency. Local offices remain staffed during the outbreak, but customers are required to schedule an appointment to utilize on-site services.

Impacted workers are asked to apply online or by phone to file their unemployment claims. Our goal is to ensure residents have income support and resources necessary during this time. U.P. Michigan Works! can provide support through technology and in-person via appointment if necessary.

Customers should contact local offices for services related to RESEA notices and required participation programs such as Partnership, Accountability, Training, Hope (PATH) and the Food Assistance Employment and Training (FAE&T) program. U.P. locations are:

Alger County (Munising), (906) 586-4255

Baraga County (L’Anse), (906) 523-1072

Chippewa County (Soo), (906) 635-1752

Delta County (Escanaba), (906) 789-9732

Dickinson County (Irn Mtn), (906) 774-3647

Gogebic (Bessemer), (906) 932-4059

Houghton, (906) 482-6916

Iron (Iron River), (906) 265-0532

Luce (Newberry), (906) 293-8551

Mackinac (St. Ignace), (906) 643-8158

Marquette, (906) 228-3075

Menominee, (906) 482-7206

Ontonagon, (906) 813-0627

Schoolcraft (Manistique), (906) 586-4255

Until further notice, all workshops, job fairs, orientation sessions and other group activities at MI Works! offices are suspended. General assistance can be obtained by calling 1-800 285-WORKS (9675) or visiting www.upmichiganworks.org.