Michigan Applies for Additional Unemployment Benefits

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Administration today started the process to obtain an additional $300 per week benefit payment for unemployed workers. Under a Memorandum of Policy issued on 8/8/20 by President Donald J. Trump, states can apply for funding through the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for supplemental unemployment payments.

Once approved by FEMA, an estimated 910,000 Michiganders will receive an additional $300 weekly benefit on top of their state unemployment benefit, retroactive to 8/1/20. The supplemental funding will continue until the established $25 billion in funding is exhausted, or until the week ending 12/6/20, whichever comes first.

For more information on this and other human resource policy matters, contact MMA’s Dave Worthams at 517-487-8511 or worthams@mimfg.org.

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Meet with Rep. Albert on Liability Protections

To move forward confidently in uncertain times, manufacturers need assurances that their dedication and ingenuity in the face of a global pandemic will not be rewarded with unnecessary and punitive lawsuits. MMA has been proactively working with the Legislature to pass legislation that would protect businesses that have operated in good faith, taking reasonable actions to follow public health guidance, and producing vital products.

Learn more in this article from the upcoming August 2020 issue of MiMfg Magazine.

Join MMA on 8/25/20 at 1:00 p.m. for a webinar with and Representative Thomas Albert (R-Lowell), the primary sponsor of a legislative package that will protect employers from frivolous COVID-19-related lawsuits, featuring aninteractive update on pending legislative action on House Bills 6030-6032 and Senate Bills 1022-0124. Ask your questions directly of Representative Albert (see bio below) and find out how you can help push this critical legislation forward.

State Representative Thomas Albert was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2016. He represents the 86th District, which makes up portions of Kent and Ionia counties. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in political science and history, Rep. Albert was commissioned as a Marine Corps Officer where he was deployed to Iraq as an advisor to the Iraqi Army in the Anbar Province. After leaving active duty, he attained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Michigan State University and worked as an investor for the State of Michigan Retirement Systems.

Resources for Manufacturers

Stay updated and compliant with the many changes imposed over the last few weeks. Find state, federal and member resources on MMA’s COVID-19 Resources.

Please continue to reach out to the MMA team with questions.