Frequently Asked Questions
  • DISCLAIMER: The answers provided below are not meant to be a substitute for legal advice.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation


As the owner of a corporation, am I liable under the Michigan Employment Security (MES) Act? Can a pregnant worker draw UI if she is placed on a leave of absence? Can a temporary or probationary employee receive unemployment benefits? Do I need a UIA tax clearance when purchasing an existing business? How can I get UIA tax forms? How do I change my address? How do special payments (such as holiday and vacation pay) affect a worker's entitlement to UI benefits and are the payments taxable to the employer for UI tax purposes? How does UC define "independent contractor"? How does UIA define "full-time" work? How is an employer's tax rate determined? If I don't receive my preprinted quarterly reports in the mail, will I still be charged penalty and interest if I am late in submitting the reports? If I have a positive balance in my reserve account, can that money be refunded to me? If I have no payroll in a quarter, do I still have to send in my reports? Is an employer's "cafeteria plan" taxable for UI tax purposes? What is a "seasonal" designation? What is the tax rate and tax base for new employers in Michigan? When will a preprinted Employer's Quarterly Wage/Tax Report (1028) no longer be mailed? Where is the nearest UIA Office? Why can a fired worker still collect unemployment benefits?

Jobless Worker

Can I get an extension in the number of weeks I collect? Can I work and still collect unemployment benefits? Help! MARVIN won't give me a payment amount when I call. What happened? How do I file for unemployment benefits? How do I qualify for unemployment benefits? How does UIA define "full time"? How long does it take to find out if I am eligible to get unemployment if I am laid-off? quit? fired? on strike? How many weeks can I collect unemployment? How much will I get in benefits? I am confused by some of the terms you used on form 1575 - the Notice of Redetermination. Could you explain them? I am pregnant and placed on a leave of absence. Can I collect unemployment benefits? I work in a business my family owns; can I collect unemployment insurance if I am laid off? If I am a temporary or probationary employee, can I receive unemployment benefits? What and WHO is MARVIN? What does my employer have to do with my unemployment payment? I am the one putting in the money, aren't I? What information do I need to file? What is a base period? What is a benefit year? When do I file for benefits? Where can I get help if I still have questions? Where is the nearest Unemployment Insurance Agency Problem Resolution Office?

Overpayments FAQ

Can I be prosecuted for fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits? Can I request UIA to waive repayment of my restitution due to financial hardship? Does filing an appeal stop collection activity? How do I avoid collection activity against me? How do I file a Protest or Appeal? How was the overpayment determined? How will I know the balance of my overpayment? I am currently collecting unemployment benefits. How will my overpayment balance affect my claim? I am making payments (payments are coming from my calls to MARVIN), why are you intercepting my state (federal) income tax refund? I am unable to pay the balance in full. Can I setup a monthly payment plan? I returned my unemployment check, why do I still owe a balance? If I am unable to repay an overpayment, can the agency stop sending me monthly bills? If I disagree with owing the overpaid amount can I file a Protest or Appeal? If my overpayment account has been transferred to the Benefit Enforcement Unit (BEU), who do I contact? If the overpayment is in my spouse's name, why are you intercepting my tax refund/If the overpayment is in my name, why are you intercepting my spouse's tax refund? What are the penalties for fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits? What can cause an overpayment of UI Benefits? What collection efforts will be used to recover the overpayment? What is an overpayment of Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits? What other resources are available if I am disqualified or not eligible for UI benefits? Who do I contact if I have further questions? Why does the total overpayment amount include the money that was withheld for child support and state/federal income tax withholding? Will my 1099G income tax form be adjusted since I was overpaid and I have to pay back the benefits that I received? Will my overpayment balance be written off if I file bankruptcy?

SUTA Dumping

UIA New Business FAQ