Partially unemployed can still get federal help

People who have been partially furloughed can receive $600 per week through July.

Thanks to the CARES Act, Michiganders who have had their hours cut can get help from the federal government, at least until the end of July.

That help comes in the form of $600 per week for people who have lost jobs or had reduced hours during the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s also a boon to employers.

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Employers can apply for a program called Work Share that allows them to reduce their payroll while also affording their employees the ability to make a living.

The State of Michigan is one employer that is taking advantage of the program, according to an article on MLive.

The state expects to save up to $80 million dollars by furloughing employees. Meanwhile, those employees receive $600 per week in addition to the reduced pay from their job.

“The program gives flexibility to employers who can’t perform at 100 percent capacity to retain their skilled workforce while saving costs in their payroll,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer during a Friday press conference. “It also allows employees to keep their jobs and collect some unemployment for the hours that they’ve lost.”

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