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Governor Signs COVID-19 Protections

Oct 23, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a bipartisan package of bills into law aiming to protect workers and businesses from the ongoing pandemic. Under the new laws, employers are required to allow workers exposed to COVID-19, or who exhibit symptoms, to stay home and prohibits retaliation against the employee. The bill also provides a minimum damages award […]

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Unemployment Benefits Temporarily Extended Under New Law

Oct 23, 2020

This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation codifying part of her executive orders expanding unemployment benefits. The new laws extend unemployment benefits for Michigan workers who have lost work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic from 20 to 26 weeks until the end of the year. Governor Whitmer also called on the Legislature to […]

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June Unemployment Rate Declines

Jul 17, 2020

Last month, Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by 6.5% points to 14.8%. Total employment for the month advanced by 464,000 but was still 556,000 below February’s pre-pandemic levels. The national rate declined by 2.2% last month to 11.1%. Highlights from the monthly job report by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget include: The […]

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House Approves Social Districts and Cocktails To-Go

Jun 19, 2020

The House approved of several measures aimed at helping restaurants who are facing declining revenue due to the pandemic. The bills would allow local municipalities to establish designated outdoor drinking areas where people can purchase and enjoy alcoholic beverages. In areas where the “social districts” are in place, people of legal drinking age can walk […]

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Small Business Grant Program Introduced

May 22, 2020

Representative Tommy Brann (R-Wyoming) introduced legislation building upon a state program established earlier this year to provide relief to small businesses. The proposed program would provide grants of up to $10,000 to eligible businesses with 50 or fewer employees impacted by COVID-19. The money could be used to pay employees, for rent or mortgage payments, […]

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Tech Stabilization Fund Announced

Apr 17, 2020

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced the creation of a $3 million Tech Startup Stabilization Fund. The fund will help stabilize early-stage tech startups in the state that are being impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak through direct investments or loans that can be converted into equity. Investment and loan sizes are expected to range between […]

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Another Victim of COVID-19

Mar 27, 2020

While the impact on health is at the forefront of everyone’s concern, rightfully so, the economic impact of COVID-19 will be significant. This is already being felt from the Federal government, to local governments, to the pocketbooks of families across the country. On Thursday morning, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that a staggering 3.3 […]

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Senate Announces Coalition to Assist Businesses

Mar 20, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) announced the Senate is leading a coalition to address business needs as they deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus, led by Senator Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth). The goal of the coalition is to organize an approach of immediate recovery needs and long-term sustainable changes for the next time […]

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