By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
Governor Whitmer 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 workers, 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 (DLEO Announcement, 3/30/2020).
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