Oppose
Employer Rights

INCREASE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT DURATION

Staff Contact

Wendy Block

Vice President of Business Advocacy and Member Engagement

(517) 371-7678 | wblock@michamber.com

Summary of Bill & What It Means to You

SB 2 (Sen. Wojno):  Increase Unemployment Benefit Duration.  This legislation would increase the number of weeks an unemployed worker is eligible for state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits from 20 to 26.

Chamber Position

OPPOSE:  Increase Unemployment Benefit Duration. Michigan’s Unemployment Trust Fund, the 100 percent employer financed fund that pays benefits to unemployed workers, is nearly bankrupt due to COVID-19 benefits.  Michigan cannot afford a benefit increase of this size or type without a massive tax increase on employers.   Rather than finding ways to keep more workers on unemployment benefits, Michigan should focus fully reopening all sectors of Michigan’s’ economy and finding ways to get people back to work.

Bill Sponsors

This bill is a

Primary Sponsor: Senator Paul Wojno, District 9

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Oppose
INCREASE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT DURATION

SB 2 (Sen. Wojno):  Increase Unemployment Benefit Duration.  This legislation would increase the number of weeks an unemployed worker is eligible for state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits from 20 to 26.