Can I Collect Unemployment and Workers' Compensation Benefits at the Same Time in Michigan?
By: Ali R. Baghdadi, Esq.
April 23, 2020
In the midst of the new Coronavirus pandemic, many of our clients, who are cut-off by workers compensation benefits, ask a critical question “whether they can get workers’ Compensation and unemployment at the same time in Michigan?”
The answer depends on your medical condition and your availability for work. The Michigan’s Workers’ Compensation Act covers anyone who is hurt within the course and scope of employment. To be covered, the injury must have happened while the employee was doing work for the employer; the location is less relevant. It requires a showing that you cannot do your job or any other within qualifications and training. Workers’ comp benefits are paid for as long as a person is disabled.
Unemployment Insurance pays benefits if you've lost your job through no fault of your own, but only if you're available for work and actively looking for a new job. The program is funded through unemployment taxes paid by employers. You must accurately report the reasons for not working. You must be available for work and actively searching for a job. Any wages you earn must be promptly reported.
In Michigan, Workers Compensation Benefits if you are temporarily unable to return to your regular job duties but can do some light-duty work. For instance, with restrictions on lifting or prolonged standing. If your employer does not offer you any work that would accommodate these restrictions, you may be able to receive workers compensation benefits.