COVID-19 Employment and Business Resources

Filing for Unemployment:
On March 16, Gov. Whitmer signed an Executive Order expanding the definition of who is eligible for unemployment. This order is effective through April 14, 2020. As a result of the order employees are eligible for Unemployment Benefits if they: 

  • Have elevated risk from COVID-19 for being immunocompromised
  • Are displaying symptoms of COVID-19:
    • Having contact in the last 14 days with someone with a confirmed diagnosis
    • Needing to care for someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19
    • Having a family care responsibility as a result of a government directive
      • i.e. childcare responsibilities arising from school closings
  • This applies whether you are laid-off due to COVID-19, or if you take a temporary leave of absence, so long as you are not already on sick leave or receiving disability benefits.
  • The amount of time you have to file has been extended from 14 days to 28 days.
  • Benefits have been extended from 20 weeks to 26 weeks.
  • The normal in-person registration and work search requirements have also been suspended.
  • The State is seeking solutions for self-employed workers and independent contractors who traditionally do not have access to unemployment insurance. Efforts are also underway at the federal level to help these workers qualify for benefits.

To file a claim, you’ll need: 

  1. Your Social Security Number, driver’s license number, state identification or MARVIN PIN (if you have one)
  2. If you are not a U.S. citizen or national, you will need your registration number and the expiration date of your work authorization.
  3. Names and addresses of employers you have worked for in the past 18 months, including quarterly gross earnings and the last date of employment with each.
  4. Here is a toolkit on how to file, and a link to get started. 

Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus:
To apply for disaster loan assistance, visit

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