The Michigan Employment Security Act governs the state’s unemployment compensation program. As in many other states, the law provides temporary payments to employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. The program draws from a public policy that assumes “unemployment is a serious menace to the health, welfare and morale” of Michigan’s citizens, and is designed to lighten the job-loss burden for workers and their families.

The state administers the unemployment compensation law through the Unemployment Insurance Agency of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (www.Michigan.gov/cis). Employees make no contributions to the program, which employers fund entirely.

The law is complex and in some cases holds an employer liable for unemployment insurance (UI) payments even when a former employee wasn’t fired but quit.

Employers are required to post information about the state’s unemployment compens...(register to read more)

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