Gov. Whitmer Signs Order Expanding Unemployment Benefits Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is working to help workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis by expanding unemployment benefits.

Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order to temporarily expand eligibility for unemployment benefits.

The order is effective immediately and will stay in effect until April 14 at 11:59 p.m.

Under the new order, unemployment benefits are extended to:

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

The state is also looking for solutions for self-employed workers and independent contractors who traditionally do not have access to unemployment insurance.

Access to benefits for unemployed workers will also be extended:

  • Benefits will be increased from 20 to 26 weeks.
  • The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days
  • The normal in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.

Eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits online or by calling 1-866-500-0017.

Categories: Coronavirus