Eligibility & Benefits
Before you can submit a claim for UI benefits, you must register with MARVIN or the Michigan Web Account Manager (MIWAM). Through these systems, you will need to submit the necessary documents to file your claim. However, you must meet the basic eligibility requirements before you can register through either of these systems. Thus, you must be unemployed, able to work, and ready to take on any suitable job that is offered to you by the agency.
Recently, the work search requirement was established in Michigan, which states that you must file a work search notice for every week that you will receive UI benefits. This notice must be submitted at least once per month to prove that you are actively searching for work while benefiting from the UI program.
Additionally, your benefits will be determined based on your wages during a specific period of 12-months, which is known as your “base period.” This period consists of the first four quarters of the past five completed quarters, and you must have earned enough wages in this period to qualify for UI benefits. However, you can also use an “alternate base period” if you have not earned enough wages in your base period. This alternative consists of the last four completed quarters before the date your claim is filed.
Through the regular method of qualifying, you must have earned wages in at least two of the four quarters that make up your base period. In specific, you must have earned at least $2800 in one of the four quarters, and the total wages from your base period must be equal to 1.5 times the highest amount of wages that you earned in one quarter. In contrast, the total wages from your base period must be equal to 20 times the state’s weekly benefit amount if you wish to use the alternate method of qualifying for UI benefits. Regardless of which method is used, the maximum amount of benefits that you can receive is $360 per week, and you can receive this amount for a maximum of 20 weeks in your benefit year.
How to File a Claim
The process of filing your claim is simple; all you need to do is apply online. If you are not comfortable using the web-based system, you can submit a claim by telephone at 1-866 500-0017. However, there is a schedule for calls regarding UI claims, which is based on the last two digits of your SSN. Before you contact the agency, you will need to have your Social Security Number (SSN), address, contact information, and the details of your employment history from the last 18 months. You will also need to have the names of your employers, their contact details, and the reasons for separation from your previous positions.