unemployment benefits


Rick Haglund: How COVID-19 was a ‘giant sledgehammer’ to the labor market

BY: - June 29, 2021

Twenty-six states, all run by Republican governors, are trying to force workers laid off in the devastating COVID-19 pandemic back to work by cutting off the $300 per week in enhanced federal jobless benefits they’ve been receiving. Pushed by employers who contend the extra cash makes it more lucrative for workers to stay home than […]


Column: The Legislature needs to strengthen unemployment insurance, not weaken it

BY: - June 21, 2021

COVID-altered life in Michigan continues to reveal the inadequacy of many of our state’s social policies and safety net systems, and a new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) demonstrates how Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance policies are falling short in providing an adequate and effective safety net for unemployed workers. The Michigan Legislature […]

House votes to end $300 bonus in unemployment benefits

BY: - June 18, 2021

The Michigan House passed a bill Thursday that would eliminate the extra $300 in federal unemployment benefits for Michigan residents. House Bill 4434, introduced by Lori Stone (D-Warren), was originally intended to ensure the Unemployment Insurance Agency uses “plain language” for “correspondence and documents related to the taxes of employers and the benefits of individuals, […]


Peter Ruark: Unemployment Insurance is not to blame for the so-called labor shortage

BY: - May 25, 2021

We’ve all seen the recent news coverage and memes going around about some businesses’ struggles finding workers right now. A coworker of mine even said one local fast food restaurant was putting mini-job applications in with every drive-thru order. But while this is certainly a very real issue right now as Michigan and the rest […]


Ron Bieber: Mean-spirited GOP attacks on unemployed workers must stop

BY: - May 21, 2021

Over the last several weeks, the dated, racist myth of the “welfare queen” has taken on a new form as corporations and Republican politicians have worked together to advance a false narrative that unemployment benefits are incentivizing people not to work.  Let’s get a couple things straight: First, the last president oversaw four years of […]

As many Michiganders continue to struggle, Republicans call for an end to emergency jobless benefits

BY: - May 19, 2021

Updated, 2:17 p.m., 5/19/21 Yolanda Murray, a laid-off Westin Book Cadillac Hotel food service worker, has been receiving unemployment insurance during much of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m just trying to maintain,” she said. “Trying to maintain what I can maintain.” About 75% of Murray’s Unite Here Local 24 hospitality-industry colleagues remain unemployed, according to Nia […]

House approves $465 million COVID-19 relief before year-end

BY: - December 21, 2020

The Michigan House passed a $465.07 million supplemental funding bill for COVID-19 relief, focused on vaccination and test distribution and providing money to health care workers and small businesses, during a rare Monday session. The House concurred in Senate Bill 748, including $443.3 million in General Fund Money and $21.7 million in federal funding to […]

Senate passes $465M COVID-19 relief bill in long Friday session

BY: - December 19, 2020

In a session nearing twelve and a half hours in length Friday, the Michigan Senate wrapped up its last Lame Duck session of substance by tying up loose ends and eventually passing a $465.07 million supplemental funding bill for statewide COVID-19 relief. The House will return Monday to concur in the bill. Both chambers will […]

Without federal action, 700K Michiganders could lose jobless benefits Dec. 26

BY: - December 14, 2020

The unemployment benefits of about 692,000 Michigan workers are in danger of being axed the day after Christmas if Congress does not act, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) warned today. Without federal action to extend unemployment insurance (UI) provisions under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the unemployment benefits provided […]


Gilda Z. Jacobs: It’s time to fix Michigan’s safety net

BY: - October 24, 2020

The more precarious a person’s position, the more important a strong, secure safety net is. That has been crystallized by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has jeopardized millions of Michiganders’ jobs, housing, health, food security and more.  Michigan kids, workers and parents continue to face unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, especially Black and Brown residents, families […]

Whitmer signs bipartisan bills extending unemployment benefits 

BY: - October 21, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 886 and Senate Bill 911 extending eligibility for unemployment insurance to 26 weeks, up from 20 weeks. The bipartisan legislation benefits Michiganders who have lost work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic until the end of the year. State Sen. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) sponsored the bills.  […]

Oxfam: Michigan is the 13th best state for workers during COVID-19

BY: - September 16, 2020

Updated, 7:18 a.m. 9/17/20, with information from LEO A new study from Oxfam America shows that Michigan isn’t in the top 10 states for workers during the pandemic — but it’s close. The Boston-based nonprofit ranked all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, on worker protections, health care and unemployment policies […]