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Employer Rights

Unemployment Insurance Changes In Response To COVID-19

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 886:  This legislation would continue “non-charging” employers for COVID-19 related UI benefits, authorize increased flexibility for employers participating in the WorkShare program and ensure individuals filing an initial state claim for UI benefits could receive up to 26 weeks of benefits.  These provisions would continue through December 31, 2020—but the legislature could always pass legislation at a future date to continue these provisions further.

Chamber Position

SUPPORT: The Michigan Chamber supports this bill because it is helpful to the business community. Without this legislation, employers would begin being charged for COVID-related layoffs and see tax increases as a result.  In addition, many employers would lose the ability to participate in the popular WorkShare program. The 26-week provision is needed to ensure that Michigan is eligible for federally authorized extended benefits and those benefits are 100 percent federally reimbursed.

Bill Sponsors

This bill is a

Primary Sponsor: Senator Ken Horn, District 32

Related Issues

Support
Unemployment Insurance Changes In Response To COVID-19

SB 886:  This legislation would continue “non-charging” employers for COVID-19 related UI benefits, authorize increased flexibility for employers participating in the WorkShare program and ensure individuals filing an initial state claim for UI benefits could receive up to 26 weeks of benefits.  These provisions would continue through December 31, 2020—but the legislature could always pass legislation at a future date to continue these provisions further.

Oppose
Repeal Right-to-Work Law

B 4033HB 4034: Repeals Michigan’s 2012 Right-to-Work law which ensures workplace fairness and equality by giving every employee the ability to decide for themselves if joining or financially supporting a union is the right choice for them.

Oppose
$16 Minimum Wage

Takes wage decisions out of employers’ hands and establishes a minimum wage rate of $16 per hour for individuals with five years of “relevant” work experience and a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.

Oppose
$12 Minimum Wage

Would increase the minimum wage to $12 per hour over four steps, raising labor costs significantly.