Mlive reported on Wednesday that COVID-19 is no longer a valid excuse to get state unemployment in Michigan starting April 1, however, people sidelined from work for a virus-related reason can still get federal unemployment pay – if eligible.
The change comes as a state law expires without being renewed by the Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Unemployment laws were modified last spring and most recently again in December to allow people to receive unemployment for virus-related causes.
Employees who leave work because they are self-quarantining from COVID-19 due to being immunocompromised, displaying at least one principal symptom, having a close contact, caring for someone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or having a family care responsibility will no longer qualify for state unemployment benefits, according to a similar report in Gongwer.
The Mlive report goes on to say the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program is still paying benefits to people out of a job due to COVID-19 reasons – so Michiganders could still be eligible for federal unemployment. Such virus-related reasons include testing positive for COVID-19, being exposed to somebody with the virus or having symptoms of the virus and awaiting a test result, among other things.