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Michigan will give employees $300 weekly bonuses for returning to work

MICHIGAN will start giving laid-off employees $300 to get back to work by September 4.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new back-to-work program that would give people the ability to still collect a weekly unemployment check while also getting a paystub.

"Eligible laid off employees will earn $300 per week bonus for returning to workforce through September 4," the governor said.

"This is how we encourage people to get back to work without paying a price or making false choices," she added.

"We're going to use the federal $300 per week in unemployment benefits to our advantage, so we can incentivize people to get back to work."

The governor added the move came as employers were struggling to find workers for their service-oriented stores.

"This boost is available to workers who receive benefits who were brought back by an employer participating in the work share program," she said.

People were earning more from unemployment than from their minimum-wage paying jobs, forcing employers to pay an actual living wage to attract candidates.

The new program would call for using existing payment used by the Work Share payments, but would expand the program to include those who were laid off and now have a job.

Whitmer said she is working with other lawmakers to change the law.

Most of the legislative changes would relate to expanding the program to allow those who either lost their jobs or had their wages cut by more than half still be eligible if they got a job.

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