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Termination & Unemployment Filing an Unemployment Claim - Michigan

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  1. Am I eligible to receive benefits?

    You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the start date of your claim, or alternatively the last 4 quarters). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.

  2. How do I apply for benefits in Michigan?

    You can apply online at http://www.michigan.gov/uia/0,1607,7-118-52610_52650-207424--,00.html, or over the phone.

  3. How much will I receive?

    Your weekly benefit amount will equal 4.1% of the highest quarter wages in the base period, plus $6 for each dependent claimed up to 5 dependents. The maximum weekly benefit amount is $362. You can calculate your estimated weekly benefit amount here http://www.michigan.gov/uia/0,4680,7-118-26831-82227--,00.html#weekly.

  4. How long will I receive these benefits?

    You may receive benefits for between 14 and 20 weeks, depending on your base period wages. You can calculate how long you will receive benefits here http://www.michigan.gov/uia/0,4680,7-118-26831-82227--,00.html#length.

  5. After I start receiving benefits, what do I have to do to remain eligible?

    You must continue to file bi-weekly (every 2 weeks). You must register for work by filing a resume in the Michigan Talent Bank, and you must go to a Michigan Works! Service Center to verify this action. Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, while keeping a record of your work search activities (a form to help you do so can be found in the Claimant Handbook). Finally, you must accept suitable work.

  6. I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?

    You must appeal within 30 calendar days from the date the decision was issued to you. Your appeal must be in writing and may be submitted by mail or by fax. Also, you should keep filing your bi-weekly claims regularly because you may only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal.

  7. For more information on Michigan's unemployment insurance laws:

    Visit the State of Michigan Website http://www.michigan.gov/uia/0,4680,7-118-26831---,00.html

    Read the Claimant Handbook http://www.michigan.gov/documents/uia_UC1905_76147_7.pdf