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Federal unemployment benefits end this weekend

What you need to know

Release date: Friday, ​Sept. 3, 2021

The Unemployment Insurance Agency is reminding claimants that federal unemployment benefit programs are expiring. The last payable week of benefits from these programs that were established with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and continued under the American Rescue Plan Act is the week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

Since March 15, 2020, more than 2.4 million Michiganders have received more than $38 billion in unemployment benefits, which has supported local businesses, helped families to pay their bills and contributed to the state's overall economic recovery.

About 442,000 Michiganders will see their pandemic unemployment assistance benefits end.

Here's what you need to know:

What unemployment benefits are expiring Sept. 4?

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): for the self-employed, freelancers, independent contractors and others who don't qualify for regular unemployment benefits.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): additional benefits for those on regular unemployment claims after their regular benefits have been exhausted.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC): The extra $300 a week for all eligible claimants.
  • Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC): an additional $100 per week to certain claimants who have earned at least $5,000 in net self-employment income.

When will I receive my last payment for federal benefits?

The week ending Sept. 4 is the last week for which you can receive federal benefits. You may file your weekly certification for that week on or after Sept. 5, and if eligible, you will receive payment for your last week of federal benefits.

What if I still have weeks remaining on my claim?

The Sept. 4 end date applies even if you still have benefit weeks left on your claim. No PUA, PEUC, PUC or MEUC benefits will be paid for weeks ending after Sept. 4 because of the expiration of these programs.

What if I have weeks before Sept. 4 that still haven't been paid?

If you are eligible for benefits for those weeks, we will continue to process and pay benefits for weeks you claimed through the week ending Sept. 4.

What if my claim is still being reviewed or I have filed an appeal?

If there is an issue with your claim, we will continue to work on it. If it's determined that you are eligible for benefits, you will receive those retroactively.

If I am receiving PEUC, will I be eligible for regular state benefits after Sept. 4?

Some claimants receiving PEUC benefits may be eligible for state benefits. To apply, log into your MiWAM account. Under Account Alerts, click the link to reopen/file a claim.

Do I have to do anything to close my account with UIA?

No. But you should continue to respond to any of our requests for information. Even if you have stopped claiming benefits or found a job, we might still need to contact you. Continue to check your account for the next year to assure no new claims have been filed in your name. If you see signs of fraud file a fraud or identity theft referral through your MiWAM account or contact the UIA's fraud hotline at 866-500-0017.

Will I be able to continue using my UIA debit card?

Yes. Because UIA changed its debit card provider, any unemployment funds received as of Aug. 25, 2021, will post to the new U.S. Bank debit card. However, if you have funds remaining on your Bank of America card, you can continue to use it until Nov. 30, 2021. Be sure to review all Bank of America correspondence regarding deadlines and how to access funds on Bank of America's debit cards.

What other type of assistance is available to me?

There are numerous programs and resources available to support you and your next steps. Start your job search on Pure Michigan Talent Connect by visiting MITalent.org. This free resource will help you search through the more than 90,000 jobs currently available in Michigan. Additionally, access services such as career exploration, resume assistance, interview skills, classroom and on-the-job-training, virtual and in-person job fairs and more though your local Michigan Works! service center. Call 800-285-WORKS or visit michiganworks.org.

You can apply for healthcare coverage, food and cash assistance through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' MiBridges system. Visit Michigan.gov/mibridges to get started.

City of Detroit Economic Necessity Employees: Furloughed, Workshare & Layoff

Layoff/Furlough Employees: The employee is responsible to certify through MIWAM or Telephone with the Unemployment agency bi-weekly (every two weeks)

You can certify your benefits through your MiWAM account under your account alerts or by calling MARVIN at 1-866-638-3993. It takes 24-28 hours for your MiWAM account to update after certifying online or by phone.

 

Workshare Employees: The City of Detroit will certify payments to Unemployment Agency every two weeks on behalf of the employees

Furloughed /Lay off Employees Reopening Claim

 

FAQ – Reopening an Existing Claim:

  • Do not create a new account. Use your same MiWAM username and password you used previously. · Visit Michigan.gov/uia for instructions if you forgot your MiWAM password.
  • Reopen your claim during the first week of unemployment or reduced work hours or wages.
  • Have your Employer Account number (EAN) or Federal Identification Number (FEIN)
  • Payments will be made using the same payment method previously selected.
  • If you previously had a Bank of America card, the funds will be added to the card.
  • If you no longer have the BOA card, or have a problem with your existing card, contact Bank of America at 1-866-436-1964 or https://www.visaprepaidprocessing.com/miuiadebitcard.
  • To change your payment method, click the Claimant Services tab; then click Modify Benefit Payment Method.
  • · Be sure to read and respond to all requests for information to avoid payment delays.
  • · When certifying for benefits, be sure to report your gross earnings (amount before taxes and other deductions) in the week in which they were earned, not when you were paid.
  • · After you’ve completed your claim, a Confirmation page will display the date of your next certification.

 

Reopen or File Your Claim Online with MiWAM at Michigan.gov/uia. Questions? Contact UIA Customer Service at 1-866-500-0017 or Chat with an agent using MiWAM.

 

Update On Work Search - May 7, 2021 Work Search Requirements Coming Soon

In the near future, claimants receiving unemployment benefits will be required to actively search for work in order to receive unemployment benefits. The requirement has been waived since March 2020 due to the pandemic, but because of Michigan's lower unemployment rate, the requirement will soon be reinstated.

 

What does this mean for you?

To continue to receive unemployment benefits claimants will be required to actively seek work and report at least one work search activity during your bi-weekly certification for benefits. Your benefits will not be paid until your work search activities have been reported.

 

What Is a Work Search Activity?

Work search activities include applying for jobs in person or online, attending job fairs or employment workshops, or searching job listings at sites like Monster.com, LinkedIn or MITalent.org.

We will ask how and when you applied for the position and for the company's contact information. Work search activities must be entered at the time of certification or your certification is not complete, and your benefit payment will not be issued.

 

Who Has to Do a Work Search?

Reporting your work search activities will be required for most claimants receiving unemployment benefits. If you have an approved waiver, the requirement is waived and you are not required to search for work. A person may be eligible for a waiver due to COVID-19 related reasons. More information on waivers will be forthcoming.

 

Report Fraudulent Claim or Identity

If you have found your company or employee is a victim of UI fraud or Identity Theft, there are several ways to report to UI:

  • Report fraud online at www.michigan.gov/uia and select the “Report Fraud” or “Report Identity Theft”
  • Call the UIA Customer Service Hotline at 1-866-500-0017
  • Complete the Statement of Identity Theft (Form 6349). You may submit the form by uploading it to your MiWAM account by clicking Send Unemployment a Message. You may also mail to Unemployment Insurance Agency, PO Box 169, Grand Rapids, MI 49501, or by fax at 517-636-0427