COVID unemployment rules expiring

State rules allowing people to receive unemployment benefits because of COVID-related job losses are coming to an end.

COVID-19 is no longer a valid reason to claim unemployment benefits in Michigan.

A state law, passed last year in the early days of the pandemic, allowed workers to file for unemployment if they were out of work as a result of the coronavirus. That included things like needing to quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

Those rules were extended in December, but only through March 31. The legislature has not taken up bills to renew them again.

People out of work due to the pandemic may still be able to receive benefits through the federal government’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

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