Staying in touch.
I continue to think about our members and associates as we work through this crisis and prepare for what comes next. In this update, you'll find additional resources we hope you’ll find helpful and informative.


The CARES Act expands Michigan’s benefits to self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, and low wage workers as well as an increase in weekly pay to all who receive benefits.
What if I need to temporarily lay off employees due to a possible COVID -19 contamination? What programs are offered to assist businesses to keep workers during COVID-19? Will my UI tax rate increase if my employees file for benefits?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus package enacted last week, offers several benefits to retirees. Some will qualify for the one-time rebate check of up to $1,200 per person because eligibility is based on income, not employment.

Employers may designate certain workers to come in to work IF they cannot do their work remotely. Emailing them or listing their jobs on a website is enough to designate them.

Michigan families can access food, cash and internet during the coronavirus crisis. Check out the statewide resources available to help you or your loved ones, and places you can consider helping, during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
AARP is hosting weekly live Coronavirus information Tele-Town Halls. During this week’s event, scheduled for 1 p.m. on April 9, experts will share information and address questions related to protecting yourself and loved ones from the virus, staying healthy and reducing isolation.


Looking for a job? The coronavirus is definitely having an impact on job seekers, but a lot of companies are still hiring during this crisis—and they need to fill essential roles more than ever. Post your resume on the ESD Job Bank – it’s the best online recruitment source for professionals working within the engineering and science industries.

ESD members can join Sam’s Club today and save 40% on a one-year membership. (This offer does not apply to current Sam’s Club members.) Membership more than pays for itself with exclusive savings on the things you need, the things you love, and all sorts of unexpected things. This offer is good through May 31, 2020. For assistance, contact Heather Lilley at or 248-353-0735, ext. 120.

Stay informed. ESD offers Members a great discount on a subscription which incudes print and digital access. Crain's Detroit Business serves Southeast Michigan's business influencers and decisionmakers with must-have news and information that can't be found anywhere else.

October 2: Engineers Get Hired  
November 5: North American International Cyber Summit
November 6-8:  Campus Party Techfest

The ESD Annual Dinner, originally planned for June 24, is being rescheduled. We'll share the details once a new date is chosen.

For 125 years, we have been through good times and bad times. Through it all, ESD members leant their knowledge and skills to make the world a better and safer place. Thank you for being an ESD member.

Stay Healthy,

Heather Lilley
Membership Director
The Engineering Society of Detroit
248-353-0735, ext. 120

p.s. If you missed my original update on April 1, you can find it here.
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