How business owners feel about Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s $300 back-to-work bonus

Plan aims to get workers back into workforce

How Gov. Whitmer's $300 back-to-work incentive plan impacts Michigan businesses
How Gov. Whitmer's $300 back-to-work incentive plan impacts Michigan businesses

DETROITMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed a $300 weekly back-to-work bonus as an incentive to get eligible workers back into the workforce.

Read: Michigan Gov. Whitmer proposes $300 weekly back-to-work bonus

The goal of the incentive is to ensure that Michiganders no longer have to choose between going back to work or still collecting a weekly unemployment check.

Whitmer said it’s a great way for everyone to transition back into the workforce following the COVID pandemic.



Business owners who are struggling to fill positions said they are optimistic about the $300 incentive.

The manager of a medical office building said the business keeps bringing people in for interviews, give physicals and then the potential employee stops contacting them.

They believe the employees were trying to prove they were looking for work to continue receiving unemployment.

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About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.