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  • UIA Michigan Monetary Determination

    Your monetary determination form will tell you if your qualify for Michigan Unemployment Insurance Benefits and if you do, how much your will receive. It also explains why a claim is rejected and provides a overview of your income for your last base period. Not sure what a base period is? Don’t worry. This article will provide detailed instructions so you can understand everything you need to know about your monetary determination form.

    Benefit Year Begins / Ends Section: This is the first section of your form. It simply provides the date you applied for unemployment benefits (your start date) and the last date you can claim for benefits under this claim (end date). This period is 52 weeks long.

    High Quarter: This section details what the Michigan UIA has on record for your claim’s high quarter income . Your high quarter is the quarter (three-month period starting with January-March and ending with October-December) when you earned the highest income. This is important because your weekly benefit amount is determined by what your high quarter income is. Check this amount is correct before filing this form.

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    Reference Codes: This section explains why your claim is being reviewed, has been cancelled or important information on how you can improve the terms of your claim. For instance, code 6 means you qualify for higher benefits in another state and you should apply for an interstate claim.

    Dependents: This section notes how many dependents you claimed for when filing for UIA benefits. The more dependents you have, the higher your WBA will be. To be precise you get $6 per dependent per week. Remember you cannot claim for more than five. However, if the number is wrong contact the UIA immediately and explain what the problem is.

    Weekly Benefit Amount: This is probably the first section you looked for when reviewing your form. It includes how much you will receive every week in benefits. To check it is correct, multiply your high quarter income by 0.041, add six dollars for each dependent and round down to the next dollar.

    Number of Weeks: This section provides you with the maximum number of weeks you can claim for under your current UIA claim. You can calculate this by yourself by multiplying your total base period wages by 0.43 and dividing by your weekly benefit amount.

    Continue reading our second article in this series for more instructions on how to understand your UIA 1575 Form.

    Waiting for the Michigan UIA to assess your unemployment insurance claim can be stressful. Not understanding what the UIA’s determination means once you receive it, is plain frustrating. This series of articles looks into this important form and provides information on what each section means for you. This is the second article on this form and focuses on the meaning of separating employer, base period, alternate base period and the reasons your application could be denied.

    Last Employer or Separating Employer: This is the last employer you worked with before claiming for unemployment. This is an important section because many of the reasons your claim can be denied are based on who your separating employer is and the reasons he or she “let you go”.

    Separating Reasons: This is the reason you (or your employer) provided for your separation. As you can imagine getting this right is crucial. If the reason for separation is you quitting the job voluntarily or gross negligence, you may not qualify for unemployment. In fact, any reason besides “lack of work” could cause you trouble.

    Also, if your separating employer happens to be a family member, or if you are one of the owners of the company, you may only qualify for a reduced period of benefits (generally 7 weeks).

    Last Employment Total Wages: This section gives you the total income you received from your last employer. This can determine your eligibility for UI. For example, in some cases you may be required to earn 5 times your weekly benefit amount with your last employer before you can continue receiving benefits.

    Base Period Income: This is the amount of money you earned during the first four quarters of the last five. This amount is used to assess your eligibility and determine how many benefit weeks you qualify for. The four quarters in a year are: January to March, April to June, July to September and October to December. If you filed your claim in November your base period would start in June of the same year to July of the previous year.

    Alternate Base Period: The Michigan UIA laws allow you to use an alternate base period including the last four quarters, if you do not qualify for UI with the income of a regular base period.

    Date Protest Due: You are entitled to appeal against the UIA’s decision. However, for the appeal to be considered you must file it within 30 days of receiving the form. If you are close to the deadline date, fax it.

    Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits are available to long-term unemployed workers in Michigan who do not find work after their initial state unemployment benefits (usually 26 weeks) expires. If you are in this situation you might wonder what you should do to apply for EUC benefits. We often receive this question, or a similar variation, from our readers. Take, for example, Mrs. Richardson’s query:

    I received a letter from UIA two weeks ago stating that i was close to the ending of my benefit weeks and that i may qualify for an EXTENSION or EUC. I applied on line but never received an determination letter. A week later i received the same letter but has not received my determination. i do have my confirmation number.

    What should Mrs. Richardson do? This article and the next will provide detailed directions you can follow to apply and qualify for EUC benefits in Michigan.

    The Program

    In Michigan (this varies somewhat from one state to another) the EUC program provides up to 53 weeks of Emergency Unemployment Compensation. These payments will be similar to your initial unemployment insurance benefits with the Michigan Insurance Agency.Note these benefits are paid by the Federal government not by your employer employment insurance.

    The program is divided into four tiers of 20 weeks, 14 weeks, 13 weeks and 6 weeks, respectively. Only states with high unemployment rates, such as Michigan, qualify for all four tiers.

    How to Apply?

    Unlike regular Michigan UI benefits, you do not apply for EUC online. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency will send you a notification by mail if you qualify for EUC benefits when they are close to exhausting their UI benefits.

    You should fill in this application as soon as possible and return it to the address specified in the instructions. How soon you receive your EUC benefits will depend on if and when the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has this information, so please do not procrastinate. Fill in and send back this form as soon as possible.

    In our next article we will provide a complete list of requirements for the EUC program. However, we would like to highlight two requirements many applicants fail to meet and that could jeopardize the chances of your application being accepted.

    1) You must be registered with Michworks.org, the Michigan State work search website and your resume must be up-to-date. 

    2) You must continue to file for your weekly EUC benefits over the phone, by using Michigan’s MARVIN system or online.

    Our next article will provide a complete list of program requirements and contact details for the main unemployment insurance offices in Michigan.

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