US Department of Labor proposed rule could force Michigan Works! to limit services

WASHINGTON, DC (WLUC) — A rule proposed by the Biden administration is designed to help states improve the treatment of unemployment. But Michigan works! said the proposal would not help Michigan.

“We’re trying to get the U.S. Department of Labor not to implement this proposed rule change and let Michigan and the other two states continue to do as we do,” said UP CEO Bill Raymond. MichiganWorks.

If passed, all states would have the same training and employment services. This would mean that staff handling unemployment claims would have to be state employees.

Right now, Michigan Works! has versatile local employees who can handle unemployment claims and provide employment services.

“By closely aligning Employment Service and Unemployment Insurance staff, we can help states and territories effectively and equitably meet the needs of unemployment claimants and other Unemployment Insurance service clients. employment when demands for services increase unexpectedly, as they did during the height of the pandemic,” said Angela Hanks, former acting assistant secretary for jobs and training at the Department of Labor.

Michigan works! currently has 14 UP offices staffed locally. If the rule is followed, Michigan would lose its Wagner-Peyser funding and 20% of Michigan Works! employees would lose their jobs, mainly in rural areas.

With a reduced staff, services would be limited.

“When you walk into a Michigan Works! office, there are local staff there to help you. You don’t need to be sent elsewhere because in many states where you do, they are not located together. Our staff are cross-trained, they can help you with anything,” Raymond said.

Michigan works! provides services to 32,000 businesses and 88% of those businesses are expected to reduce recruitment and retention services if this proposed rule is implemented.

If you would like to submit a public comment on the proposed rule, click here. Public comments will be accepted until June 21.

If you have more questions about Michigan Works! call 800-285-9675.

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