Michigan Legislature Passes Bill To Extend Unemployment Benefits
After Governor Whitmer's executive orders were struck down by the Supreme Court, the government has been working to reinstate many of those orders. One such order, that just finished the process of being passed through the legislature, is an extension to unemployment benefits for Michiganders.
Senate Bill 0886 will extend unemployment benefits from 20 weeks to 26 weeks, which would give Michiganders a total of 59 weeks of unemployment available to them. 26 of those weeks are offered by the state, 13 weeks are given because of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, and another 20 weeks from the Federal Extended Benefits program.
According to a story by the Detroit Free Press, "The bill also loosens the requirements a business would need to meet in order to institute a work share program, an initiative that reduces employee hours but avoids mass layoffs."
The bill, which was introduced to the senate way back at the beginning of the pandemic, was shelved due to Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-76 which essentially did the same thing. But, after Governor Whitmer's executive orders were struck down by the Michigan Supreme Court, the bill was brought back up in committee and eventually passed both the senate and the house.
The bill will be put on Governor Whitmer's desk on Monday where she is expected to sign it.