Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Process Due to Covid-19

We hope that this brief guide will be helpful in navigating how unemployment benefits can assist you during this global Covid-19 crisis. Please know that we are here to assist you in any way possible. Our hope and intent is that this guide will help you know where and how to get started with your unemployment application process.


Executive Order Unemployment Benefits Expansion

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently signed Executive Order 2020-24 which expands eligibility for unemployment benefits in the State of Michigan. The increased eligibility of benefits includes the following:
  • Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill.
  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.
  • First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.
Executive Order 2020-24 also extends the following additional access to unemployment benefits:
  • Benefits will be increased from 20 to 26 weeks.
  • The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days.
  • The normal in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.


How to File for Unemployment Benefits

The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has created a useful Fact Sheet on claiming unemployment benefits. Additionally, we encourage you to visit their website at www.michigan.gov/uia to view complete information on unemployment insurance and instructions on how to file. Their recommendation is that you file your claim and manage your account online via their online system Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM). Step-by-step instructions on how to create your account can be viewed at MiWAM Toolkit for Claimants.

Once your account is created you should file your claim during your first week of unemployment. A claim for unemployment benefits begins the week it is filed. Please note on the UIA webpage that due to the increased load time, they have designated filing days based on your last name. Although it may take several minutes for a page to load, filing online remains the fastest way to apply for unemployment benefits. You may also apply by dialing 1-866-500-0017. If you are hearing impaired, TTY service is available at 1-866-366-0004.

Information Needed to File a Claim:
  • Our formal Unemployment Compensation Notice, with the required employer information (reminder: work registration and search is suspended)
    • Name: Andrews University
    • EIN #: 38-1627600
    • Employer Account Number: 0850122 000
    • Address: 4150 Administration Dr, Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0840
  • Your social security card
  • Your state issued driver’s license or ID card or your MARVIN PIN (if you have one)
  • The names and addresses of employers you worked for during the past 18 months along with your quarterly gross earnings
  • The last date of employment with each employer
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or national, you will need your Alien Registration card and the expiration date of your work authorization
Please Note:
  • You may not use any type of paid leave in conjunction with receiving unemployment benefits.
  • Be sure to review and update your contact information (address and phone) in the system (www.andrews.edu/go/myaddresses) so that accurate information is available when needed.
  • You can access your pay stub information here. If you need assistance with Duo security, you can access ITS instructions for DUO here.


Additional State of Michigan Helpful Links/Information

Employee FAQ - covering the following topics
  • Account Status
  • Eligibility
  • General Questions
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Technical Support