“Michigan’s back-to-work incentive is a win-win for workers and businesses,” Whitmer said. “It puts more money in the pockets of hardworking families and helps employers fill jobs by incentivizing people to re-enter the workforce.”
Whitmer wants to expand the incentive to give eligible laid-off employees a $300 weekly bonus for returning to work through Sept. 4, 2021. Businesses can enroll in the program, and then eligible workers would receive both their salary and the unemployment check.
Her administration is using the federal $300 weekly unemployment benefits to incentivize Michiganders to get back to work, maximize income and revitalize businesses that are understaffed.
“Legislative action to expand the incentive means more opportunities for workers and more ways for business to attract and retain new and returning employees,” Whitmer said. “As we continue putting Michigan back to work, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure that Michigan families and small businesses emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever before.”
Whitmer is asking legislators to allow businesses to hire new employees through the incentive. That expansion was approved in the fall, but expired in March, the governor said.
“Expanding the incentive would allow Michigan to take advantage of even more federal dollars flowing into our state to support local businesses and grow our economy,” said Susan Corbin, acting director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. “The program offers employers of all shapes and sizes the flexibility to address their specific business needs and an expansion would provide even greater work schedule flexibility for everyone as we work to defeat COVID-19 together.”
Whitmer’s administration said the expansion would have no impact on the employer’s unemployment tax rate since the program is federally financed through Sept. 4.