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Unemployment Insurance: Michigan

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Rhonda Armstrong


  • Most employers are subject to the Michigan Employment Security Act. See Employer Coverage.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
  • Under certain circumstances, workers may not qualify for unemployment benefits. See Disqualification From Benefits.
  • Michigan employers may limit unemployment liability relative to predictable shut-down periods and seasonal employment by providing notice and meeting other relevant requirements. See Shut-Down Periods and Seasonal Employment.
  • Michigan unemployment benefits generally last for up to 20 weeks. See Benefits.
  • An employer must provide information to the state within certain time frames if it believes a claimant quit, left voluntarily or was separated for a disqualifying reason. See Filing Claims.
  • An employer may report to the state that a claim is fraudulent because the individual who filed the claim is an imposter. See Identity Theft Fraud Reporting.
  • Employers must follow certain notice, posting and recordkeeping requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements; Recordkeeping Requirements.
  • Michigan offers the WorkShare Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See WorkShare Program.